StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Translucent with a caramel cola color. Saw dust and a solo tan bubble reside on top. Aroma underscores the importance of chocolate to the beverage. Decadent bitter sweet Belgian chocolates, cocoa nibs and fudge morsel brownies course through the nose with a ribbon of caramel cream. Cocoa dust and hazelnuts. It’s one to sniff for hours. Phenomenal iterations of mocha brownies lovingly diffuse throughout the mouth. An ominous, cocoa dust deciduous character simultaneously parleys with a thick, melting fudge ribbon prior to slide down the throat as one. Chocolate toffee bars get put to the flame and aid the gooey drip of full palate dominion. Powdery cocoa nibs, Belgian chocolate shavings, mild bitterness and bittersweet chocolate tie the prettiest bow on a delicatessen drink made in heaven.
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle at Fort Wayne tasting - Pours black with a thin, tan head. It has an intense chocolate aroma with the dark roast malts. As for the flavor, holy chocolate, Batman! The roasty, dark chocolate heavy flavor is very enjoyable. It’s full bodied and finishes with some mild, dry bitterness. Excellent.
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
silver label black cap bomber from a trade with hogtownharry. pours black and headless with very soft carbonation. aromas are huge chocolate. sweet syrupy chocolate with some vanilla notes. flavours are chocolate with some dark chocolate and hop bitterness at the end. really really chocolaty and good. an expanded flavour profile could make it better but im in now complaining about this recipe. a must try for any chocolate lover.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark aromatic after dinner style stout. Much drier than I was anticipating, sort of a dry coco flavor that is nice. The nose is big and full of chocolate, duh. Good stuff.
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really awesome chocolate aroma. And I mean really awesome. Pours like oil, thin tan head. There is a really nice chocolate taste at first, but then this becomes overpowered by a dry alcohol flavor. Maybe I would like this better if it was aged for a while. Potential to be really good, but just needs to balance out the alcohol better in my opinion.
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strongest chocolate aroma I’ve ever smelled! only a hint of coffee makes it through. Pours a very dark brown that just looks like liquid chocolate with a nice creamy tan head that leaves a little lacing. Strong chocolate taste at first mixed with espresso, but the espresso is what lingers, melding with a malty aftertaste that gives testament to the 11% ABV. Not as delicious as the aroma implies, but still a strong beer.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Motor oil pour, solid black with no head. Smells like chocolate milk. The flavor is more complex, with mint, vanilla, huge milk chocolate, alcohol. In no way subtle but still well executed. Does it have to be 11%?
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle on 3/5/2008. Another gift my my brother, the mysterious Buffulohead, who sees all, knows all, and rates nothing, so I drink it, my 800th, in honor of him.
A barely discernible ruby border surrounds the otherwise black pour. A large beige head develops and lasts nicely with sheets of sticky lace. Huge chocolate aroma, but underneath it all lies some vanilla, and perhaps even a hint of spice. Thick, rich, and smooth, it’s like mocha java with a luxurious mouthfeel.
Surprisingly, this isn’t nearly as sweet as one would expect. If fact, it’s fairly dry with burnt caramel flavors and distinct piney hoppiness that provides a welcome contrast to the chocolate. Certainly a dessert or after dinner type of beer, unusual and more complex than its initial impression would suggest.
This is really a fine offering from a largely unrecognized and underappreciated brewer.
jsquire (4076) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is really all about the chocolate. Dark beer with only points of light when held up against a light source. The nose is like chocolate frosting. Flavors of Hershey syrup, cocoa powder, chocolate frosting and some vanilla. This is really a one dimensional beer, but if you like chocolate, you should like this beer.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark chocolate brown with a coffee colored head. Aroma is all chocolate, cocoa and roasted malt. Flavor is once again dominated by chocolate. Creamy milk and dark chocolate mixed with caramel, candi sugar, pure cocoa and brown sugar. Excellent beer!