surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from fresh growler. Pours black with ruby highlights and a nice stand of creamy tan head which leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is pure bittersweet chocolate and licorice. Flavor is dominated by cocoa from start to a smooth, hoppy, dry finish. Full, smooth, creamy texture; somewhat chalky. Warming, with boozy finish, especially when it warms. Kind of one dimensional, but it is a great dimension. Perfect dessert beer and makes a superb vanilla ice cream float.
Drink4Satan (675) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a ruby-hued black with a thin, mostly lasting light brown head that leaves minimal lacing. The aroma is authentically chocolate, with some booze and a whisper hop sting. The chocolate aroma is intoxicating and gives the impression of very sweet cocoa, similar to what chould be found in bittersweet hot chocolate. The flavour...insanely chocolatey, with a large amount of bitter, acidic hops in the finish, but it’s all chocolate up front. It’s almost too much, and I’m usually reluctant to say that there can be too much of a good thing. The palate is lacking a bit, as it leaves the mouth feeling chalky after it is gone. The carbonation is a little harsh. The alcohol is only detectable by a warming of the throat and chest, being almost completely absent in the flavour. Delicious!
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Super dark pour. I’m going to say what everyone said, it’s really, really chocolatey... Cocoa, hazelnut, alcohol. Totally no balance, but I still love it. Flavor is again tons of chocolate, but the astringent finish really works here. Hops are apparent also. I drank mine a little on the warm side, so the alcohol is really in the back of my throat, but I don’t it one bit. Nothing subtle about this one, but I don’t care.
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
There is not much to say about this beer other than the fact that it is like taking a hersey bar melting it adding hops letting it ferment and turning it inot a beer. The aroma is so rich and chocolaty, it is almost unreal how awesome it smells. Again as you sip on it there is a strong chocolate flavor that coats your mouth and i personally like the bitter and drying effect it has on the after taste. The beer is a great all around and an awesome desert beer.
BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and shared with Tom: Nearly opaque with reddish highlights, fading head and clinging lace. WOW big chocolate truffle nose with some alcohol. Grassy and herbal notes as well with some leather too. The taste is rich bittersweet chocolate with undertones of mint, herbs, pepper, rum balls, charred malt (but not smoke) and a bit of warming alcohol. The mouth feel is very lush and chewy, heavy-bodied. This is a big one dimensional beer which I liked on some levels but is over-the-top overall.
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 Black with tan head, nice color. EXTREME CHOC flavor! At first i just smelled it, and it was so chocolately i had to look at the bottle just to make sure it was a beer, tastes that way to! More of a coco powder taste than syrup or extract. Sweet throughout the taste. I actually had this while tasting chocolates and they went great together. Definitely recommend if you like very sweet stouts. Even chocolateir than Rogue’s (which i love) Will try again in the future, wow!
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - DEC 29, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2008 22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a deep dark brown, with red highlights at the bottom of the glass. Aromas are of cacao beans, roasted coffee, dark dried fruits. Flavors are like mribm described it. It tastes like a chocolate ice cream soda. Lively carbonation, big, tan, sticky head. Left a decent lacing down the sides of the glass. Flavors include Lindt Dark Chocolate Truffles, sweet chocolates, Devil’s food cake. Thick mouthfeel, almost chewy. Amazing flavors throughout this beer. Finished sweet, but not cloying. Alcohol is very well hidden.
A tremendous beer from Southern Tier.
Really amazing overall. I need to hoard some more of these gems.
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tastes like a chocolate ice cream soda with an alcoholic kick. I loved it! What a delicious dessert. This stout hides the alcohol very well, while satisfing my sweet tooth, and giving me a great "BUZZ". This has become a new favorite of mine and I will definately buy it again.
MatchesForHire (25) - Westborough, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Hey! Who put hops in my chocolate milk!? Pours a jet black with a cream head. Aroma is of purest chocolate syrup with a hint of floral hops. Flavor is more of the same: wonderfully sweet chocolate (the Hershey’s syrup variety, not the dry cocoa flavor found in some other chocolate stouts) with a hop kick at the end. Would have liked a little more body, and a little less hops. Still, a good beer for the style, and much better when it warms. Here’s one to get your buddies talking.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Dark pour, with some ruby translucence at the edges. The head collapses to a light brown/khaki film. Lots of grainy barley in the aroma. The chocolate is present, but it’s accompanied by both dried roasted barley flakes and a surprisingly apparent fresh hop pellet presence. The body is slightly weak for the ABV. The chocolate flavor leans toward powdered drink mix. There’s a great amount of dried, bisquity barley. The hops are surprisingly obvious, but are inconsistent, peaking through with every other sip (that’s odd) Overall it’s lacking harmony, but the long bitter, slightly resiny finish makes it drinkable. Interesting, nonetheless.