jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to Chris for this... dark brown with no carbonation... the nose is very sweet, tons of lactose sugar, weird... the taste is sweet generic cream with rose petals on the finish... mouth feel is weird and velvelty... pass
Westmeister (1831) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2012 Rerate 1-9-2012. Draft. Pours a dark black with tan head. Aroma is of sweet milk chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is super smooth and creamy with dark chocolate, milk chocolate, roasted malts. This was either better on draft, the 2011 tastes better or my palate changed this year, as this was much better than I remember. Super smooth sipper.
Bottle 2010. Pours dark with a small head. Aroma of roasted malt and sweet chocolate. Taste of solid milk chocolate laced with dark malts. Smooth mouthfeel. Pretty nice sweet stout to be enjoyed sparingly. 3.4
OmegaX (1283) - Florida, USA - APR 17, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nose: Milk chocolate and chocolate liquor with a touch of malt. Taste: Chocolate and caramel. Some coffee and malt coming through as well. Smooth drink. Color is dark, dark brown, almost black with a slight reddish hue in the light if looked through a thin portion of the beer. Great!
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at FireFlies in Alexandria. Poured into a pint glass.
Pours black with a single-finger head and not too much lace after the head recedes, which was quite quickly. A good swirl didnít bring much back. The nose was pretty one-dimensional with some light, sweet chocolate.
The taste brought more chocolate, which started to come out more as the brew warmed up. However, again it was pretty one dimensional. At the same time, the flavor was quite nice for what it was. Nothing over the top. As it warmed, an ever so slight roasted character came. The mouthfeel was simultaneously a bit creamy and fairly light. It worked, especially with the low alcohol. Quite sessionable and drinks pretty well.
Serving type: cask
Reviewed on: 11-12-2010
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
why do brewers match up bitter elements with sweet elements and then call them sweet?
Ever picked up a 7 hour old sweetened coffee, thatís cold? Thatís this beer.
If youíre going to make a sweet beer, freaking MAKE one. Donít piss on my head and tell me itís rain.
OR - just say "Itís a malty bitter" Or "Itís a semi-sweet blah blah blah" But do NOT call something a "Moo Hoo" and act like itís diabetic, sickenly sweet and then give me day-old milky coffee.
Pros: taste - chocolates, caramels yadda yadda.
Cons: hoppy, coffee bitterness. Why? WHY?
Serving type: bottle
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: pours black with burnt browns. Puffy foamy brown head fades into an even layer while no lace is to be found.
Nose: malted milk balls with a touch of peat smoke in the back. Brittle, dry, roasted, smoked, and peaty. Whole cinnamon sticks, just a touch. Earthiness comes across as dried sticks and branches and bark. Black cherries in the middle with chocolate cream filled and chocolate dusted truffles. Vanilla and chocolate malted milk. Dark fruit stones, roasted almonds. Balanced and appetizing.
Palate: clean flavors though a bit thin in mouthfeel and weight. Malted milk sugars and malted milk chocolate. Hot cocoa powder with those mini freeze dried marshmallows. Soft woody finish. Lightly dry in the back, lingering atop the tongue. Dark fruit sweetness mingles with pomegranate essence, skirting the sides. An English porter in disguise? Chocolate powder lingers in breath. Malted milk chocolate and malted milk most prominent underneath. Unique tartly sweet tannic quality of grapey black cherry pomegranate extract Ė flitters in and out.
Final Thoughts: quite intriguing. The malted milk chocolates, cream, malted milk was spot on and the dark fruit was an unexpected albeit enjoyable addition. Struck me more like a porter than a stout.
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle compliments of Beerlando. Thanks, Bryan! Pours a near opaque black with some ruby edges, very dark though, a cakey brownish head atop that stays ok sized, laces ok. Dies down a bit. Aromas are chocolate and coca-cola, roasted malts, some minerallly red wine tannins, grapes, with touches of cocoa, creamy sweetness. A bit muddled. Initial is lighter than medium bodied preaching cocoa, touches of creamy lactose sweetness, roastiness, more cocoa, coffee, touches of soda bread, toffee, caramel. Light bitterness on the backend, no alcohol. Overall, lacing complexity and body, itís ok flavorwise, but seems a touch off. Itís chocolate is the dominant factor, but seems to have an off note overall. Finish is a touch syrupy, roasty, and a bit thin. An ok Sweet Stout that lacks balance, any sort of palate fullness, and complexity. It goes down easy but has a strange off note perhaps in debt to a strange chocolate additive.
noahjb (10) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark chocolate black with a thin tan foam head. Smells like milk chocolate with burnt notes and hints of dark fruits. Tastes sweet and milky at first with overly abundant roasted chocolate flavors - followed by slight fruity bitterness (blackberries?). Creamy, creamy, creamy like a milk chocolate shake. A slight lingering bitterness. This was quite delicious - a real treat.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of chocolate and alcohol. Pours black. Rich, sweet and light flavor. Sweet and smooth finish. Interesting but I like their hoppy offerings better.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Dan Journal #441. Tasted 1/20/11. 12oz bottle. Seasonal 2010. Pours pitch and opaque. Brainy khaki head. Aromas of faint cocoa and dark chocolate. Medium to full bodied with a nice astringency. Mild hop character with the emphasis on the chocolate malts. Definitely dark and bittersweet chocolate notes with a subtle coffee undertone. These guys make great beers!