hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
the pour is fairly black though it has slight reddish tints. a fleeting tan head leaves no lacing.
man, it smells like mocha-ccino... loads of coffee, chocolate, licorice, dark roast, dust and vanilla.
the flavor is the same... i can look past the obnoxiously syrup sweet level. it does finish fairly bitter and a touch sour while nothing but coffee lingers in the aftertaste.
medium bodied though still quite sticky and sweet. bitterness and sourness keep it easier to put away... into a blackout... holy crap it’s 11%?! 9/4/8/3/15/3.9
theisti (3395) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2009 22 oz bomber generously given as a bonus by Sparky27. Pour is mostly black with slight ruby highlights, settling builds up a 1 inch tan head. Head is quite lasting. Aroma of sweet chocolate, almost like cocoa fudge. The chocolate is very pronounced, and quite "fresh baked" smelling. Roasted espresso is behind that. Some bright pine hops. This is about the cocoa, primarily, with coffee in the back seat behind it. Taste is bitter espresso initially, some pine character, then to the cocoa and a slight herbal mintiness. Interesting how the taste is the reverse order of the nose. Also evident is ever so slight cherry fruit. They really throw a lot of flavors at you with this one. Its not terribly well integrated, though i really can’t imagine it would be. Palate is heavy to medium, fully coats the mouth and is a bit oily in the long finish. Carbonation is minimal. Alcohol is well hidden under the giant pile of flavors - you really only notice it in the warming finish. As this warms, it really becomes bitter cocoa chocolate, with the sweetness bordering on syrupy sugar. I don’t have the sweet tooth to really get into this one. This was an interesting one, thanks Eric.
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Oasis Micro-Pub in Rockford, IL. Pours a dark black with a medium tan head. Chocolate and coffee on the nose with a bit of malt. Tastes like carbonated Hershey syrup. Good, but just a little too much chocolate for my tatse.
dalekliz (890) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing! Pours a deep dark brown with a small tan head that fades. Rich chocolate-coffee aroma, with malt, dark fruits. Taste is decadent, espresso and dark chocolate, with dark fruits, malt, and a big alcohol bite. Lingering rich mocha. Awesome.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to myself for sharing! Pours a rich brown color with medium off white head. Aroma is of rich milk chocolate, brownie mix, light coffeei and caramel malt. Simply amazing! Taste is of rich milk chocolate, browning mix, coffee, malted milk, and cocoa powder. This stuff is simply amazing. Alcohol is non-existant. I’m so glad I picked this up. It’s simply remarkable and worth seeking out.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks for sharing, bro!
Pours a dark brown to black color with a thin to medium off-white head which leaves almost no lacing. Aroma is milk chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Taste has a decent amount of vanilla, like the Creme Brulee, but not too overpowering. There is also a good coffee and milk chocolate taste in there, with a hint of rum raisin. Outstanding.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours pitch black. Medium head with fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is very nice... a congruence of all things chocolate and delectable with just a hint of coffee thrown in. Taste is dark chocolate with roasted malts and a bitter espresso finish and faint vanilla notes.. Full bodied. Damn good beer,
mar (4986) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. dark brown with hints of ruby. nose is incredible, liquid chocolate and slight roastiness, amazing great nose. it really smells like you took a hershey bar and melted it down. flavor is definitely smooth and chocolate with hints of vanilla and roasted malts.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Part of a So. Tier sampling party. My sense was that Choklat was a bit better, but I very much enjoyed this as well. The mouthfeel and viscosity was superior to Chocklat, but my sense was that while coffee and chocolate do work well together, they work less well in beer, where the flavors become entangled and detract rather than benefit.
bu11zeye (12096) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a deep mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, and caramel with a silky smooth dessert-like finish. Another excellent stout from Southern Tier!