GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2008 Pours deep black with ruby edges with a one finger mocha head that didnít linger too long. Lacing is minimal and this is pretty standard looking as stouts go. Whoa! This smells like a big glass of chocolate milk. You can make out the slightest sweet malt aroma and a bit of an alcohol nose tingling. But, honestly, itís all about the chocolate. Initial taste is the chocolate, milk, dark, and any other chocolate you can imagine. However, there is a big malt and dark fruit presence that follows the sweetness and gives way to a pleasant hop bitterness and alcohol burn in the aftertaste. Chocolate is still the dominant player in the taste, but there is quite a bit of balance. Super thick mouthfeel that leaves the chocolate malt coating the mouth completely. This is an excellent Impy Stout and definitely the top chocolate stout Iíve tried to date. If you like chocolate sweetness in your stouts, this is damn near nirvana!
JBPortland (224) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle (12/12) pours dark black-brown with very small thin tan head. Nose is dark chocolate, cocoa, marshmallow, subtle nuts. Taste is creamy cocoa and marshmallow fluff with some creamy milk undertones. Finish is sweet hershey syrup mixed with bitter dark chocolate. Still holding up pretty well after a year. Liquid Símores. Definitely more on the sweet side. Good.
DocJitsu (609) - Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a opaque, very dark brown with a huge bumpy mocha head. As the head subsides, the mocha lace begins to drag along the sides of the glass. The aroma is easy to describe: a freshly opened Hershey bar. It has a very pleasant smooth, somewhat thick and creamy texture. The milk chocolate flavor is impossible to deny. Some nice bitterness appears late to give the sense that dark chocolate has just been consumed.
arkurzynski (1292) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with yellow-tan head errupting from the surface. Inviting nose of brownie batter, chocolate syrup, fudge, light vanilla, and mild booze. Flavor is deep bittersweet chocolate, gentle roasted malt/coffee, and light cream. Finish is bitter chocolate, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Gritty chocolate coating the palate. Moderately thick. An unbelievable dessert beer that can be a touch much at times. Nonetheless, quite complex and extremely successful.
Ed5388 (1260) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample at Crossroads Spirits. Pours a dark brown/almost black color with a small creamy mocha colored head. Aroma of fudge brownies, roasted malt, caramel, and a hint of booze. Taste is WOW! Don't know how they do it, but their beers taste exactly what they are going for! Sweet rich decadent chocolate, fudge brownies, roasted malt, a hint of caramel, but mainly pronounced rich chocolate! Great job once again Southern Tier!
nilsas (684) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nydelig duft av sjokolade og vanilje. Dyp sort farge. Lite skum. God smak av vanilje og mÝrk sjokolade.
Fixersbrewing (2) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Perfect. Iím certain this beer is a benchmark. Although we live in an overly critical society it is impossible to say anything bad about Chokolat. Kudos STier!
b79turner (208) - Alabama, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber, pours oily black with a white head. Nose is bittersweet chocolate, wow...this is a dessert! Taste is similar, very mellow sweetness. The bitterness of the chocolate really shines through. Medium carbonation, almost too much, it reminds me of an ice cream float. A little of this stuff goes a long way!
Nsanders (335) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap at Pizza Luce. Black with a thin cocoa colored head. Rich milk chocolate, vanilla, molasses and light woodiness. Taste is sweet with a mild woody bitterness. Heavier body with a creamy feel broken up by the fine carbonation. Very tasty imperial stout, alcohol well masked and not overly bitter.
pinkie (321) - New York, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark brown and has some lighter brown hues at the edges of the glass. Scant head of chocolate colored foam that fell fast but leaves great legs to look at as you drink. Nose is every shade of chocolate. Chocolate, fudge, chocolate syrup, chocolate brownies, cocoa nibs, sweet and bitter chocolate. The roast takes a back seat in the nose but does give up a faint hint of espresso. Thereís a bit of hop character on the nose and as this warms you will notice a berry like fruit in the form of a subtle lightness.
Taste is an explosion of chocolate. Rich belgian style chocolate. The roast has a big toasted character and comes forward as much as it can but seems drowned out by all the chocolate. Itís deep and willful though and in the end it shows a nice grain with a touch of blackness and bitter of itís own. The roast is endless and is trying to reach infinity with the endless chocolate. The mouthfeel is silky, creamy and smooth. There is no alcohol on the nose and only a enough on the palate to make it delightfully boozy and warming. The carbonation is perfection and tickles the palate. This beer is sweet. It develops a bit of caramel as it warms and to the delight of the palate a duo of chinook and williamette hops lend a graceful bitter to the long and satisfying finish.
Southern Tier has gone crazy for chocolate and has made a stout that will satisfy your every fantasy about chocolate.
commonmac (107) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bottle from Four Firkins. Maybe the best smelling beer of all time. Like fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. Taste is sweet at the onset but the bittersweet chocolate comes through eventually. A very good mouthfeel. 100% chocolate taste on this one...no real hops or malt flavor anywhere. Probably the second best chocolate ale around.