elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with a thin, light tan head. Aroma of sweet milk chocolate is most prominent, but a slightly antiseptic trace of alcohol can be detected if one inhales deeply. Flavor is rather complex. A very sweet milk chocolate taste is prominent, becoming moreso as the beer warms. It’s almost cloying, bit quite pleasant. Roasted malts then take over and some hoppy bitterness is also detectable. Alcohol is noticeable, but not as forward as one might expect. Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, almost velvety. But there is some carbonation, too. In sum, a fine stout that will be noted more for its use of chocolate than as a typical Imperial Russian. Great as dessert.
Jdoc9022 (7) - Short Hills, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2015 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Love this chocolate. Mix it with a framboise and your in heaven. Well balanced
Brandon1989 (395) - Euless, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
There was a little bit of smoke when I opened the bottle. The beer pours a dark brown, almost black with a two finger creamy tan head. The aroma smells like sweet chocolate, almost like a Hershey’s candybar. The taste is liquid chocolate. It is more bitter in the flavor than in the aroma. The alcohol warmth can be felt as well. The aftertaste is rather unique almost like mint chocolate. The mouthfeel is on the full side and drinkability is medium to high. Out of all the chocolate beers I have had, this is the best I have ever had and has the strongest chocolate characteristics.
njnut (311) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle to snifter. Black with tan head and lace. Aroma was pure sweet dark chocolate. I get little else in the aroma, maybe a little raisan. Taste is liquid dark chocolate. The stout comes in late in swallow and in the aftertaste. The roasted malts get a little stronger as it warms. I did not get the alcohol warmth that others got. Amazing
MosquitoPilot (7) - Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2015 does not count
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Would be more true to xocolatl if this stout were brewed with cacao nibs rather than chocolate. Too sweet and poor aftertaste. Nose is chocolaty, taste is chocolate forward rather than chocolate following roasty malt.
Hopstinopolis (7) - - MAR 25, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Best Chocolate beer I have ever had. Amazingly smooth and drinkable for such a high ABV beer. Nice Belgian chocolate that has the right amount of bitterness and not too sweet. Well done!
jrodooo5 (1132) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pitch black w/ a mocha head that leaves lacing. The aroma is robust w/ cocoa. The flavor is dark bitter chocolate that has a nice silky mouthfeel until the bitterness really kicks in at the finish. Definitely worth a try for imperial enthusiasts!
kathouse (1182) - Nevada, USA - FEB 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep chocolate matches the color and aroma. Like a bittersweet chocolate bar and milk this beer is smooth and thick. Cocoa stays on the tongue for quite a while. Southern Tier hasn’t let me down yet.
demannu (85) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap and bottle. No secrets here. This is made with bitter sweet chocolate. Solid flavor and creamy mouth feel. Not in love with lingering after taste. Overall very solid.
hackobock (1936) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
February 6, 2015. Bottle at home, bottled march 17, 2013 (?). Received in a trade with Douberd, thanks Christos!
Black with a small dense tan head. Aroma is lots of chocolate, sweet milk and dark bitter. Some vanilla, dark fruits and molasses as well. Taste is medium bitter up front with an increasing caramel and milky sweetness, finish is sweet and bitter chocolate with some caramel and vanilla notes. Medium bodied, feels a bit thin midways, creamy finish.
Smoothsippin (34) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a beige head. Pleasant chocolate/cocoa aroma, not overpowering. Bittersweet chocolate taste with a little bite on the swallow. Overall, pretty good. Would have again.