LinusStick (2617) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another delicious impy from Southern TIer. Aroma was great. Strong chocolate with a hint of espresso. Pour was a flat dark brown/near black with a thin tan ring for a head. Taste was very strong and full, This like liquified dark chocolate covered espresso beans. Very delicious with a strong bitter dark chocolate aftertaste. The mouthfeel was very thin, though, and that hurt the final score. I loooved Chokolat and this was heavier on the flavor and aroma, but the thin-ness of it just canít score it higher. Great beer!
zach8270 (2921) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark black pour with a fluffy mountain of tan foam. Aroma is rich and loaded with cocoa, dark and roasted malts, and some coffee. Flavor is heavily roasted malts at the beginning that blend with the smoothness of the chocolate and takes some of the bitter bite away. Less bitter than the Jahva and less sweet than the Choklat. Smooth and creamy.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Big on flavor, but a little too rich for my tastes. At first itís fun to drink, but after a few ounces it turns into more of a novelty. Not a bad beer, definitely worth trying. But I donít think Iíll be going back for a second taste anytime soon.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Dark, oily pour with a light tan head. Coffee and milk chocolate - super sweet and sugary. Flavor is similar, like eating a chocolate bar with a cup of coffee. Huge in flavor but lacking in nuance. Meh.
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
great mix of the flavors from Jahva and Choklat. Maintains a good mount of the sweet cocoa aroma and flavors that the Choklat Stout has, with the bitter espresso notes and flavors behind it. pretty much a dessert stout. The Blackwater series continues to impress.
AndyReynolds (718) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Bigmmartin. Pours a very dark, rich brown with thin tan head. Aroma is strong of chocolate milk. Notes of coffee, expresso, vanilla, and sweet malt come out. The taste is stronger with coffee than I would have expected from the aroma, but the finish is straight chocolate with a bitter dry after taste left in on the pallet.
puzzl (3172) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Black pour with little head to speak of. This reminds me a ton of the ST Creme Brulee, with tons of vanilla and chocolate, not complex but rich and bountiful and unabashedly sweet. Iím actually hardly even seeing the coffee here, maybe a little bit in the finish, but this just tastes like dessert all the way through. Thick body and lush nose. Iím not sure it takes that much skill to brew beers like this, but ST does manager to deliver hit after hit in the adjunct-wild dessert stout category.
TheEpeeist (2819) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Ebony with some big bubbled edging. Nose is chocolate covered malted milk balls, espresso, vanilla and marshmallow. Medium body with a hoppy tang. Taste is rich cocoa, caramel, hint of orange peel and bitter grass. Dry finish with bittersweet chocolate and espresso powder.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2009 Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head. Nice milky chocolate character with a faint roast y bitterness and some sweet notes. A light caramel and almost cake-like sweetness. Made some nice blends with a fonteinen kreik.
DocLock (6789) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Caponeís. Pours onyx with very little light thru and off-tan head that goes away quickly. The alcohol is well hidden, the aroma is chocolate cake, choclate malt, mild hops. The flavor is dense, chocolatey, sweet, with molasses, cake, mild hops, and some plum and fig notes. Dense, sweet, a definite dessert beer, but a definite outstanding beer. Say what you want about Southern Tier, but these guys know how to push the envelope with imperial stouts, and are never boring. As with all heavy Southern Tier beers, lightweights need not apply, lest they contaminate the ratings for this outstanding brew.