aracauna (3174) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown with a moderate, creamy head. The appearance is really nothing special for a stout this big. What really is special is the aroma. I have never smelled this much chocolate in a beer. Iím not sure Iíve smelled this much chocolate in most hot chocolate. Wow. The malts and spiciness of the alcohol make something like gingerbread underneath, but youíve really got to be looking for something else to find anything but chocolate. The flavor is a little bit of a letdown. Thatís not to say itís bad, just that itís not up to the standard set by that aroma. The flavor is malt, but not so much for an imperial stout. The finish is a little bitter in a thin, unbalanced way and the heat of the alcohol comes through in the finish as well. This is also on the thinner end of the style, but not thin compared to other beer styles. Still an excellent beer.
shadey (1951) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle. Iím really amped to try this because of the ratings Iím reading. I decided to share the bottle with my buddy who has already dived in and loves it. The pour is a dark dark brown. I initially thought it was black, but upon further inspection, its just not shiny enough to be black, there is a definite dark chocolate tint. The head is pretty nonexistent - just a thin line of mocha cream. The aroma is the really seductive part. Incredible dark chocolate and rich rich creamy notes - like a tootsie roll. Calling it tootsie roll is just not fair, it smells really good. The flavor is equally inspiring. Super rich dark chocolate
3fourths (8342) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Extremely dark brown body with a small light brown or tan head. Instant decadence in the nose, with a straight shot of rich chocolate and a light dusting of sugarÖ probably one of the purest chocolate aromas Iíve ever experienced, with notes of fudge and chewy nougat. Reminded me of snacking on good chocolate eats in Belgium. Itís a sweet stout for sure, but nowhere near overly sweet or overdone. The subtle bitterness of the chocolate, the richness and depth of the chocolate, could make this one of the best dessert beers Iíve ever had. Truly an amazing drink, the best dessert beer Iíve ever had, a perfect hybrid of a chocolate stout and a chocolate liqueur.
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not just chocolate, but deep dark chocolate. The aroma assaults the nose from the first sniff and deepens as it warms. Hefty ABV, this is a great example of a chocolate stout. Right up there with Brooklynís.
TampaBeer (256) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. What a treat! On first inspection, it was difficult not to give the beer perfect ratings across the board. Aroma of rich chocolate milk. This is thick and delicious - a good desert beer.
dpjuart (1092) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber split with Naka. Pours oily back w/ thin head rimming the goblet, brown. Nos is cocoa and wet roasted barley. Taste is roasted barley and chocolate w/ alcohol and hop bitterness which blends well w/ the bitter chocolate. Some dar fruit notes, plum and raisin, some tannin-esque notes. This is a tasty brew. Could be one of my new favorites
Naka (708) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like dirty oil with no head for all intents and purposes. Nose of chocolate, dark roasted coffee, molasses, and alcohol. Tastes of very rich dark chocolate, caramel malt, alcohol, and finishes with a roasted nuttiness that is almost like peanut butter. There is a strange, yet delicious fruitiness to it that is almost like pears or plums. It has a thick oily body with a bit of a carbonic bite to it and a dry finish.
Sammy (9139) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I know everybody loved this. I thought it was a very decent stout and I can see the bittersweet quality chocolate as being attractive. Some chocolate came through the stout aroma. It was black with a bit of creaminess. Mouthfeel was medium. I found this stout to be astringent and even burning my stomach. Maybe another day, but I will be reluctant.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: like pure chocolate syrup, dark chocolate with the richness of cream, some wheatiness and roasted malts
Appearance: deep brown-->black, no head, lacing
Flavor: very dark chocolately, creamy, deep dark chocolate with some malty/wheaty/hoppiness
Palate: slight bitterness in the aftertaste, nice dark chocolate taste, good sweet mouthfeel
Overall: excellent dessert beer; it takes the cake! Much better than many other "chocolate" stouts with like fake chocolate-y tastes and aftertastes
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black as night, with a thin, ecru-hued line of bubbles on the sides of the snifter. Incredibly rich and cocoa-filled aroma. Lots of roasted malts and vanilla especially. Lactose sweetness in the nose matches the delicate lactose/cream notes in the flavor. Just the right amount of coffee in the flavor. Not artificially chocolate tasting at all - this is not a Hersheys, and even better than godiva...A girlís dream, this beer. One of the smoothest beers Iíve had, and the 11% is perfectly hidden. This beer rivals some of Bellsí best brews.