wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from beertruth on BA. Thanks Adam! Tasted at Churchills with Tim and Ivan. Words cannot describe the amount of chocolate aroma that comes out of this beer. More than chocolate itself. More than shoving a hershey’s kiss up your nose. I have no idea how they got that much chocolate in the aroma. It is really wonderful. Southern Tier has the incredible skill at creating powerful aromas from the few beers of theirs that I have tried including Pumking and now Choklat. Very little head. Medium body. Not as sweet as i would expect with the chocolate aroma, but still very good. It is very unfortunate that I tried this after Darkness, which is much better, because Choklat is one excellent beer.
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - JAN 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Are you kidding me? This beer was as luscious as it gets! Pours a respectably dense deep dark brownish balck with a silky texture that clings to the glass a settles almost in slow motion to form a dark sand colored creamy head. Aroma is of deep dark sweet chocolate and cloa bean. Mouth feel is thick and rich and starts chocolaty and intensifies as it crawls down your tongue as if you were eating dark chocolate mouse. Hints of vanilla come through as does a dry earthy sensation that leads to more intense dark chocolate reminiscent of Bosco. I wanted to pour this stuff over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This is the best dessert beer I have ever tasted.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Blind Tiger. Pours a deep black color with a nice reddish glow on the outside. Aroma is an absolutely heavenly dark chocolate with doughy and spicy notes as well. Taste is heavy chocolate up front dissolving into a slight malt and spice characteristic. It was very heavy on the chocolate, but it worked. It felt velvety smooth on the palate, and the alcohol was barely noticeable. I enjoyed this very much.
Stine (1462) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a velvety black cabernet appearance; very blackened brown with a red glow around the rim and underneath. Charred brownies, cinnamon french toast, and chocolate chip pancakes in the doughy aroma; plenty of oily cocoa liqueur and belgian chocolate grahams. Hot oranges. One dimensional, but gorgeously full and undeniably rich. Flavor seems thick from chocolate additions though thinly masking an insufficiency of heavy malt; bitter cola tastes tend to smack syrupy sugar in between the rich earthiness of chocolate in many forms. Mildly minty, bitter and peppery like a type of spiced, boozy, and chocolate killed mocha. Palate is cool and syrupy, earthy and sweet in the mouth, almost with a touch of vanilla bourbon heat. Alcohol lends a chalky dryness to a lengthy, baker’s chocolate finish. Smooth and textured; considering the goal this is quite a success. Thanks Andrew!
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, with much appreciation to bmartin08 for this excellent bonus; thanks Brian! Pours a dark brown/black with a sizable fluffy tan head, good lacing. Aroma is full of fine cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, and a touch of vanilla. Flavor is more of the same, with some hops bitterness along with a slight cocoa powder chalkiness on the finish. Chocolate in all its forms throughout, but the chalkiness is somewhat distracting.
BlackForestCO (976) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2008 Bottle thanks to miketd. Poured a dark brown color with a thin tan head that diminished to a ring. Exploding chocolate aroma. The flavor is straight chocolate; thick, warming milk chocolate. Sweet, perhaps a bit too sweet in the middle. There is a faint, chalky bitterness in the finish. Usually I am not a fan of too much hops in imperial stouts, but this one could have used some more. Still, low carbonation gives this beer a slick texture that is easy too drink. Some alcohol present, but not bad for a 11% beer. Big thanks to Mike for sending me this beer even though I already owed him.
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I dont think i have gone against the grain with a stout like this before. Poured a very dark brownish black not completely opaque. Had a very small tan head that disapeared quickly which suprised me. The aroma initally was chocolate and roasty but not all that exciting. Later on it turned into really rich chocolate and very sweet. Flavor was sweet, bitter, roasty, and chocolatey but i had something else there i couldnt identify. Palate wasnt all that impressive either. I really wanted to like this one but maybe i just like my chocolate by itself and not in my beer.
Nephilium (1307) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The smell is an overpowering aroma of dark chocolate. It pours a thick black, with about a finger of tan head. The taste has a touch of alcohol heat, and dark chocolate. Tastes more like the dark chocolate Godiva liquor then a beer. Very drinkable though.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with almost no head. Aroma is... dark chocolate. Some notes of maple, hazelnut and dark cherry as well. Flavor, again, is really deep and complex dark chocolate, slight smokiness, rich caramel, hazelnut, vanilla, and a little cherry. Really unique experience, but I think Brooklyn BCS may have a bit more complexity as far as Imperial Chocolate Stouts go. Nonetheless, delicious and exceedingly drinkable. Palate is a little sticky.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a fizzy tan head that fades quickly. Smells of chocolate up front but not much else. Tastes like a cooled down hot chocolate with some peppery splashes. This reminds me of a chocolate liquor.