Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2009
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
I am just not feeling these chocolate beers from Southern Tier. I found this one to be about 95% Choklat and 5% Java in my opinion. It has that super ridiculous foody taste that turned me off with Choklat, as in it tastes like thick thick chocolate syrupy milk and not beer at all. I really couldn’t drink more than two or three sips of this without being overwhelmed. Not for the faint of heart I guess, but I like my imperial stouts to burn a little, have roast complexes and black flavors, and this just tastes like malted chocolate.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 6/27/2009 Source:Other) Definite chocolate, vanilla, and coffee in aroma. Black with small tan head. Creamy full mouthfeel with chocolate and vanilla. Hints of wood in flavor with coffee coming through in the back. Sweet finish with moderate bitterness and touch of alcohol warming. Good balance of flavors. Delicious.
TheGB (578) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz Bomber purchased from Beer Run, pours thick and dark with very fine tan head, aroma of chocolate syrup and a hint of light coffee, flavor is of course chocolatey with thick oily mouthfeel and a bit of bitterness that tastes hoppy. A mild infusion of coffee, but the finish leaves more pronounced coffee flavor and some cocoa without the syrupy effect. Great dessert beer.
bp (887) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: pours dark black with a very thin tan head, aroma of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts, taste is chocolate, malty, some bitter coffee, a bit of a hop bite as well, fairly full mouthfeel. Nice!
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured black with a brown head. The aroma was full of chocolate and coffee, reminded me of a mocha. Flavor starts a sweet chocolate but builds darker in to a coffee flavor, but also a strong alcohol presence.
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 (3856) - 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 (267) - 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 (908) - 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 (1144) - 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.