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.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black pour with no head formation at first, but then suddenly a large creamy tan head sits atop the brew. The aroma is thick and strong of ooey gooey brownies and some sticky sweet fruit. The flavor is almost all chocolate. Its milky, sweet, and smooth all the way through, ending finally with a dry finish. A tiny bitter baker’s chocolate edge lasts throughout. This is absolutely wonderful.
Tmoney99 (10585) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured a black color with a moderate frothy brown head that mostly lasted and produced sticky legs and good lacing. Good roasted malt, dark choclate and alcohol aroma. Full body with a smooth creamy texture. Heavy complex bittersweet choclate flavor with a smooth sweet dark sweet finish of long duration. Very well balanced complex stout. This is a standout beer.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Smells like straight fresh chocolate, that’s a good thing. Black. with small head. Creamy chocloate candy bar taste. This might be the best smelling beer I’ve ever had. The taste is ALL chocolate, which got on my nerves as I finished the 22oz bottle. Sweet and chocolatey finish. No otyher beer I’ve had comes close to the chocolate taste.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pitch black appearance with slight tan head. flavor is thick with huge chocolate flavor with almost a syrupy finish. a very unique beer. that might be a little much, but interesting
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Winter 2007 release. pours dark brown with small tan head around the rim. nose is loaded with chocolate syrup. that’s pretty much it. very one-dimensional. flavor is sweet syrupy chocolate with a good dose of hop bitterness and alcohol to folloiw.carbonation is a tad fizzy and body is medium but the mouth feel is full. alcohol is well hidden. a pretty straight forward chocolate syrup stout.
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intense!! Pous a deep black with a creamy white head. The nose is so unique, smells just like a "chocolate brownie". Taste in very unique, milks chocolate, dark choclolate, coco, and oast. Finish is massive chocolate followed by much hops. If you have not had this.....it is a must. WOW!!! This is one of he better beers I have had (hands down) by Southern Tier.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Fat Heads in Pittsburgh. Pours black with a thin brown head. Aroma is all about the chocolate, and it attacks the senses. It smells like a dark chocolate bar, coffee, and milk. Full bodied with some slight stickiness. Initial flavor of hershey’s syrup, Kaluah, and dark malts. A balancing bitterness comes out mid palate. Finish definitely has detectable vodka like alcohol, but I sort of liked it because it gave this beer a little kick- and reminded me that I needed to drink this one slowly. Overall this was enjoyable, and rather simple. I don’t always expect every Imperial Stout to be overly complex.
Beerman6686 (4302) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, was totally overtaken by the beer. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet and bitter chocolate. Flavor of the same with no alcohol coming through at all. Absolutely outstanding.