RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown to black with a light tan head. Lightish looking for an imperial stout, but still black enough and the small head lasts a real long time. Aroma is a mixture of big chocolate, like the kind youíd find in a molten brownie, mint, light pine. Very interesting mix of chocolate and hops. Tastes of roast and coffee, followed by dark chocolate and a chocolate milk-like sweetness. Finishes with a nutty dark chocolate earthy hop bitterness, followed by a lingering cocoa aftertaste. Medium-heavy body, moderately creamy and slick. Only a vague warming sensation indicates any heat. Itís very chocolately and a nice big beer so basically I automatically love it. However, I still think Rogueís Chocolate Stout is a better beer overall. Thanks to TheRealBastard for sending this!
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JAN 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2009 Wow. What an incredibly chocolatey beer. Black with a decent brown head. Strong aroma of milk and dark chocolates. Flavor is semi-sweet chocolate with a darker, bitter dark chocolate finish. This may be the most chocolate character Iíve ever seen in a beer, so the name is definitely appropriate.
rocbyter (2077) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong milk chocolate aroma. Black color with a medium brown head. Mildy bitter chocolate taste with a lasting finish. Mild alcohol at the end. Thick and creamy palate.
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow they are not lying when they talk about the chocolate here. Definetly the most chocolatey beer iíve had, and it works for me. I couldnt even notice all that alcohol. This is just as good as dessert, and something I will absolutly drink more of.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 22oz Bottle. Pours a mostly transparent, ruddy tinged dark brown color with a thin head of wispy light tan. Chocolate, hot cocoa aroma, thatís intensely chocolaty, but as such, kind of one-dimensional. It has a really clean bakerís chocolate nose that comes across like chocolate cake frosting. Not being a huge chocolate cake fan, I find it a bit dismissive personally, but I can see how this would be exciting to others. More complexity would be nice. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel that grows a bit thin with a strange, artificial astringency in the finish. Flavors of chocolate, but not much else. Light on the roast, but the sweetness is balanced by some herbal hop characters that lend minimal flavor, but adequate bitterness. Chocolate flavors a pretty good and this beer certainly delivers exactly what it promises, just nothing more.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap Maxís in Baltimore. Beautiful dark appearence with tan head. Nice silky smooth palate. Like the thickness. Taste is of typical imperial stout flavors but with a significant overlay of chocolate- but not rich deep complex chocolate. More like chocolate flavored cereal. I expected more.
treadyroc (150) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer screams "dessert" right from the start. The cocoa aroma is so strong from start to finish, itís hard to think of another brew with comparable chocolate tones. It finishes clean, & has a thick, pleasant mouthfeel. I canít emphasize enough how thoroughly the cocoa permeates this brew. Perfect for after dinner or end of the night.
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown/black, with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, with maybe a malt and alcohol too. Flavor chocolate, malt, hops, and a little dark fruit. Kind of one dimensional, but for me, yet another winner from Southern Tier.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Just awesome. Heavy chocolate aroma and taste. Creamy mouthfeel. This would be one to put on the drink often list.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2012 On tap at Zenoís Pub - State College, PA. A heavily milk chocolate aroma, flowing with fresh bars and melted pearls. Alcohol blends in and it really glows of a mid-shelf chocolate liquer. This pattern of staying in this frame of chocolate-reduced alcohol maintains through the flavors. Itís a very nice, clean fresh 55% chocolate flavor, but it dominates the profile such that it doesnít integrate with the beer so well. Thereís little sense of chocolate coming from the malt. Dries out mid-palate, but itís mostly a sweetie. Cream. Thereís a palpable clash with hops in the final showing that makes me think twice about this effort. I like and appreciate this particular chocolate effort, but Iím not so sure itís working with the style well. And I just donít get a sense thereís a good beer behind all that chocolate and thatís what really matters.