scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black, creamy tan head. Rich warm milk chocolate nose rests on deep rooted vanilla cream and dusty earthy cocoa-like tones. Intense bittersweet chocolate flavors are textured over notes of toasted vanilla bean nougat and hints of mild roasted coffee. A soft hop kick rounds this out to near perfection. Full bodied and smooth from start to finish allows me to finish the 22oz without help. A great dessert sipper that truly is a chocolate lover’s beer…
DocLock (8570) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, 2 ratings of 4.8 in one rating session. i think that is a first for me. At any rate, the bottle is from Capone’s. The pour is deep blackish with 1-finger of rather dark brown head and excellent clingy lacing. The aroma is huge and wonderful, big dark chocolate and chocolate syrup, dark roasty malt, slight coffee, some ovaltine, and some peaty earthy notes. The palate is rich, very complex, and suitably hefty for a beer this big. The flavors are roasty patent malt, huge chocolate syrup, making the beer somewhat sweet, a mild figgy fruity flavor, plus some late nuts and cacao powder. The well hidden alcohol gets a tiny bit hot late, with a resiny hop element that steps up and asserts itself late. This beer is just outstanding.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was enjoyed after Michelob Chocolate Lager, and Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence...
Appears a dark black with a thick, foamy head of tan that slowly fades out into a mild cap. Scattered lacing is left around the outer rims of the glass.
Smell is of caramel, malted grain, and rich, melted chocolate mixed with Boscos syrup. It’s the richest chocolate beer I’ve ever smelled.
Taste is of rich bitter chocolate with Nestle Hot Chocolate embedded in beer format. To put it mildly...this is fucking awesome.
Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied, and complex with some earthy hops way in the background with cocoa being the mainstay.
Overall - Southern Tier got this one right. Way right! I thought the Imperial Oat kicked ass and it would be hard to follow up. Who wouldn’t want to drink something like this? I’m a huge dark chocolate fan and a giant fan of Belgian Chocolate, so this one was right up my alley as a dessert beer. I hope they make this one a mainstay. I loved it!
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured jet black into the snifter with a very small light tan head. Very smooth, transparent caramel color lacing stuck to the sides of the snifter during the sampling. A very powerful chocolate aroma with some hops, malt and barley. Do yourself a favor and drink this slightly chilled. I sampled it right out of the fridge, and it wasn’t quite right. As it warmed, the dark chocolate flavors really came to life. A very complex, coating mouthfeel and sweet Belgian chocolate finish. A very nice dessert beer that is an excellent partner to any chocolate.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Aroma is dark chocolate, cream, wood, walnut, and slight sour/sweet dark fruit. Dark black/amber with small disappearing brown head. No lacing. Flavor is real chocolate, with a woody toasted nuttiness that finishes with a nice lingering roasted maltiness. Palate is fantastic with no hint of the 11% ABV. Smooth and oily flat. Full bodied. What a surprise, from start to finish this brew delivers. I wish the appearance was more like Old Raspy or Expedition but that’s the only complaint and it’s a small one. One of the best beers out there for an Imp Stout lover.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a smallish tan head. Aroma is about as chocolatey as a beer can be - smells like hersheys and cocoa powder dropped into a beer. Flavor is quite chocolatey with lots of sweetness, sugar, and virtually no alcohol. Pleasant, somewhat thick mouthfeel. Very good, though the taste can’t quite match the aroma. If you like chocolate even a little you’ll really like this brew.
tgncc (3019) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2010 Very appealing aroma of chocolate is the first thing noticeable about this beer. (A bit like Bosco). The appearance is a deep brown/black color, very small head. The taste is a bitersweet chocolate, and a little malty. No hops noticeable at all, sweet at the finish. For 11% ABV, the alcohol is very well hidden. The palate is a lingering bitter chocolate. Very nice dessert beer.
TyRip (40) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
An aggressive pour yielded a two finger head that lasted for only a couple minutes. I think I may have appreciated it more if I hadn’t read the reviews beforehand, but all the reviewers that cited tootsie rolls were dead on. My wife tried it, and without ever hearing me say anything about it or reading here, immediately said "Mmmm, tootsie rolls!" It was just a little too one dimensional for me. The alcohol was extremely well hidden, however. I can definitely tell while I am trying to write this review that it did give me the full 11%... The drinkability was not great, but I did figure on that. It was a good brew, and they did get the amount of hops perfect to balance and clean all that chocolate up, but it just wasn’t that great overall in my opinion.
heylrule (46) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
AMAZING SMELL!!! poured a tad lighter than I expected dark brown, not much head. instant taste of choklat. This beer is very filling. I would say this is a must buy for not only the taste but the price!!!
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours very dark and opaque brown with a small tan head that dissipates quickly. Nose of freshly melted milk chocolate bars, strong waves of alcohol, sweet malts, and mocha. Taste is not as chocolaty as the nose suggests but is still abound with sweet chocolate malts, Hershey bars, mocha, roasted (bordering burnt) malt and coffee beans. The finish is similar to a chocolate liquor as it is hot, viscous, and chocolaty sweet! This has a velvety smooth consistency with a slight drying, bitter finish. Fantastic for dessert.