ElGaucho (2384) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Been holding on to this one, but now that I see ST has made it to the Twin Cities, I need hold on to it no more. Literally smells like chocolate milk. Don’t smell the alcohol. Black body, Tan head, thin, large bubble. Very chocolaty. Tastes like it smells, but this time you can detect the alcohol. You should at 11%, but it doesn’t taste that strong. I’m hoping this brew’s not going to keep me up all night. Probably not the best beer to pair with a steak. This brew is definitely a specialty beer for a special occasion. Could work as a dessert beer, perhaps as the dessert itself. Would also be great for a true chocolate lover. Very good. Who thought alcoholic chocolate milk could be so good. I bet my kids would love this! A bomber is a lot of beer to drink with a chocolate monster like this! You could probably top this with whipped cream and call it dessert.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2008 Pours deep black with ruby edges with a one finger mocha head that didn’t linger too long. Lacing is minimal and this is pretty standard looking as stouts go. Whoa! This smells like a big glass of chocolate milk. You can make out the slightest sweet malt aroma and a bit of an alcohol nose tingling. But, honestly, it’s all about the chocolate. Initial taste is the chocolate, milk, dark, and any other chocolate you can imagine. However, there is a big malt and dark fruit presence that follows the sweetness and gives way to a pleasant hop bitterness and alcohol burn in the aftertaste. Chocolate is still the dominant player in the taste, but there is quite a bit of balance. Super thick mouthfeel that leaves the chocolate malt coating the mouth completely. This is an excellent Impy Stout and definitely the top chocolate stout I’ve tried to date. If you like chocolate sweetness in your stouts, this is damn near nirvana!
Stoutdrnkr (2) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2008 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Open this one up and take a long smell. You will think hershy bar right away. The flavor takes over your palet and the finish is amazing. You will notice the intense dark color of this stout and the minimal brown head that sticks to the glass. With the fullness of the body you will almost believe you are drinking liquid chocolate!
Boutip (5737) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Grub: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium dirty brown foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing notes. Aroma of pure black chocolate is dominating but is so enjoyable at the same time. Taste is a mix between some black chocolate from Belgium or Switzerland with some sweetness reminiscent of lactose. Full creamy body with a somewhat oily texture, almost like liquid chocolate, with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol which is surprising considering the ABV of 11%. This beer is one of my new guilty pleasures.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate: bottle at Chris_O’s Ha Ha Ha Ha Gimme the Cheese Tasting.
What a cracker! Choklat brown colour with a very good tan head. Aroma is like opening a tin of Cadbury’s Drinking Powder and breaking the seal for the first time. It smells EXACTLY like it. Something very comforting and reminiscent about it. It’s certainly glorious. Flavour, damn this is good stuff. Beautiful American style chocolate. Hershey’s pretty much. So little beer character in it but I’m really loving it. It’s way over the top and I’m certain I couldn’t drink a full bottle of it but DAMN it’s good. Utterly adorable chocolate with a nice bitterness on the finish. Very sweet, very thick, close to cloying but sick as f**k and I love it. Perverse but excellent.
Oh yeah, where the motherfunk is the 11%??? It’s just not there at all...
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle courtesy of eaglefaan538. Aroma was like just opening a hersy’s chocolate bar, outstanding. Black body with tan head. Chocolate on the nose then a creamy milk chocolate flavor only thing I could say to Turbo is man is all about the chocolate and great brew. Smooth on the palate with a dry coco aftertaste lingering. Thanks Brian. Also got one from SS Winter 07, So thanks to John_Adam 2002 that bottle will be opened at the hellbillys tasteing next in May.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin, off white head. Nice aroma of chocolate milk. Reminds me of my childhood, minus the alcohol. Flavor is smooth and creamy, with a nice big chocolate flavor. Some roasted malt notes, as well. Finish is slightly bitter with no trace of the alcohol. Just a delightful beer.
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared @ DLD. As a fan of most chocolate stouts, I have to say I was not a fan of this one. I felt as though it smelled like a brown smelly marker or a chocolate sticker, artificially sweet and a little chemical. It tasted like Hershey’s syrup aftertaste with none of the enjoyment of actual chocolate. Tasted artificially processed, and left behind a funky taste that I did not enjoy. To me, it was the equivalent of someone that spent $10 on a bottle of cheap perfume vs. someone that bought one for $90.
dmac (5294) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber purchased at Oak Tree shared with the Fight Night Drinking Crew. Pours a solid brown with a small light beige head. Aroma is fantastic sort of like a liquid tootsie roll. Flavor of chocolate, not artificial fake cheap sugary chocolate but real quality good chocolate, followed up with strong malts and hops. A few of the guys that I shared this beer were IN LOVE with it, I liked it but by no means was as blown away as they were. Oh well to each their own and I am just happy I provided a beer that some guys really enjoyed. One guy loved it so much he bought a case from the one store left in the state that still has some.
Lothore (618) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- Pours like oily black sludge with a surprisingly thick head with an oak hue.
S- Strong chocolate, hersheyesque with a coffee undertone and alcohol notes.
T- Again very strong chocolate, toffee, more chocolate. I think this one delivers on the chocolate but can become cloying a bit of the way through which is why I dinged it a bit, still a delicious brew.
M- Thick, with an ample amount of carbonation... just enough for the style in my opinion.
D- The chocolate is a bit overwhelming but it’s definitely a treat for the first half of the glass and by the second half you dont even care at 11 percent abv.