HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to tpd975 for sharing. Poured dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasted with milk chocolate and coffee notes, comes thru as artificial to me. Medium bodied and very creamy. The beer tastes good enough the mocha qualities are certailnly there, but to me, the extracts are a bit too strong and too artificial tasting. Overall still a good brew.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour yields a dark, mahogany colored body that shows surprisingly translucent. A small layer of dark khaki colored froth forms the head. Some dense sheeting shows on the glass, though the lacing is minimal and spotty. The aroma is sweet and chocolaty, vanilla coming through along with a decent amount of coffee roast. Flavors continue that theme, big on rich, sweet dark chocolate and cafe mocha. I got a decent amount of dark fruit as well, though it serves as mainly an afterthought. Medium-heavy on the palate, the body sports a slick feel and low carbonation. It’s a straightforward, rich, tasty brew that I can only do small quantities of, but as a dessert it’s pretty darn solid.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown, clear where thin. Scanty beige head, spotty lace. Complex aroma, alcohol, plums, chocolate and coffee. The chocolate has a distinct tootsie-roll nature that becomes more pronounced in the flavor. Good iced-coffee earthiness to the flavor, but it doesn’t harmonize terribly well with the almost artificial chocolate or the alcohol heat. Underlying malt backbone is toasty, a bit of burnt meat and vanilla to it. Linger brings out the coffee with a bit of bitter melon stoutiness. Medium body, nice chalkiness to the palate from the coffee.
Ibrew2or3 (7344) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of tpd975. Pours deep dark with brown edges and tan head. The aroma is easily noticed feet away carrying up notes of mild chocolate, caramel, syrupy extract sweetness, a thin layer of coffee and lots of sweet nuttiness. The taste has the rich assortment of a box of chocolate candy and then moving toward mild notes of coffee and caramel. Very rich brew.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
POurs a redish deep brown. Nose is powdered nestle quick, but when you don;t stir it enough and it forms those weird balls of chocolate on top of the milk, booze, more cocoa, chocolate and rich strong espresso. Flavor is straight up candy, booze, milk chocolate, rich roast and mild fresh brewed coffee.
KyotoLefty (7192) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at MacGregors in Henrietta. Pitch black with a fine, rocky head. Big chocolate and coffee aroma: not much else, but it’s nice. Again, huge chocolate/cocoa flavor, with coffee and roasted malts, a touch of sour. A bit too sweet, but with a nicely bitter finish. Big-time creaminess. Delicious, but where’s the beer? I’m caught--I love it, but it doesn’t taste at all like beer to me!
jefcon (1461) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown in the glass with light brown edges. Small head which quickly diminishes. Chocolate aromas, and loads of chocolate flavors. If there wasn’t a bialetti on the label, I wouldn’t know to look for the coffee in this beer at all. Still, the palate is medium instead of heavy and overbearing. But this beer is mostly about chocolate, and for a blend it gets good marks in my book. Right up there with Brooklyn Chocolate Stout.
TheBeerGod (5466) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Midnight black pour with a short tan head. Nose is huge chocolate and sweetened coffee notes. Very much a chocolate affair in the aroma. Roasted malt and light alcohol notes make their way through as well. Taste is just as chocolaty but brings forth more of the coffee and the hop bitterness. Strong roasted malts, bitter coffee, and milk chocolate make up the flavor of this beer. Body is thick and creamy with soft carbonation and a pleasant warmth from the alcohol. Ends with more chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol, light vanilla, coffee and bitter hops. Very tasty but this is one I really couldn’t drink more than one of in a sitting.
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2009
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber. Perfectly black body with a light brown sugar colored head. The nose is dominated by the rich, deep dark chocolate. This means plums, and molasses are up front with only light coffee hints behind the sweetness. The taste is fairly rich with coffee at first but then finishes really sweet. There is only a little roast left at the end. The main body is sweet like plums with milk chocolate. There is also a weird French bread character that persists and is strange, it’s like French bread was dipped in melted cheap milk chocolate. I liked the two base beers, but this combo just doesn’t quite come together for my taste. Too sweet and malty with little roast to balance that character. Even more cloying as I worked my way through the bottle.
garthicus (2774) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
With great thanks to HogTownHarry. Appearance: Deep brown with a small brown head. Aroma: crème brûlée, chocolate, floral vanilla, sweet, spice with alcohol. Flavour: Creamy mouthfeel, vanilla, crème brûlée, toffee, mocha, chocolate with a bitter alcoholic finish. Nice!