jefcon (1518) - 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 (5633) - 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 (5194) - 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 (2813) - 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!
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown colour with a medium sized, quickly disappearing brown head. Aroma of rich dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and coffee. Tastes like Swiss miss cocoa powder mixed with coffee instead of water, caramel, malts and hops. Flavour improves as it warms if served cold. A pleasant sweet treat.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smels of intense coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, peppery. Tastes of bitter coffee, chocolate, some velvety hints. Some roasted malt. Not enough of a malt backbone to balance out the coffee.
jercraigs (8794) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009-08-27. Black body with a modest brown head that fades. ( 3+) Aroma of sweet cocoa and malt at first, coffee is mild and joins in just a bit later. Undertones reminiscent of Choklat and Creme Brulee ( not surprising). ( 7+) Sweet base flavour has some odd overtones, dry mocha finish. Alcohol is nearly invisible for 11%, notes of Ovaltine and hot chocolate. There is not a lot of coffee in the flavour but it comes out more in the dry finish, with some roasty bitterness. ( 7+) Smooth medium bodied palate. Decent, quite sweet overall. Enjoyable in moderation. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry
bubbleflubber (2058) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful black pour, with the nicest mahogany hues to the fringes. Non-retentive thin tan ring follows the pour down the glass. The nose is of deep chocolate liqueur, some roasts, a touch of vanilla and cinnamon bread. Malty sweetness, roasts, maple syrup, complex chocolates, vanilla and freshly-ground coffee on the palate. The finish serves up more dark esters and bitters. The mouthfeel is syrupy, with a creamy texture and full body. Nice aftereffects of coffee accompanied by light alcohol notes. All-in-all, a wonderful impy stout... rich and complex.
shadey (1998) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle fresh. Black pour with a thin ring of dark tan cream. Aroma is predominately the chocolates. Beautiful syrupy chocolate body. There is also the bitterness of the java, but its secondary. Flavors are actually a clear blend of the two beers rich sweet chocolate and bitter coffee. It tones down the sweetness of the chocolate, but its still unique and good.
jesperhammer (3619) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
29-AUG-2009, bottle @Morten.
The vendor (Barley Wine) said it would taste slightly like beer, and I see what he means. I can hardly detect any beer, just the wonderfull dark chocolate aroma. Not just chocolate, but dark chocolate (Valrhona?).
Best ever chocolate beer.