WeissGary (166) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 23, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Delightful thick chocolate aroma unlike anything I have ever experienced from a beer! Wonderful thick and developed chocolate taste, bit of a rough mouthfeel but a lovely smooth multi-layered chocolate taste - this is an absolute stellar beer! Fantastic!!
Essex (46) - Cardiff, WALES - JAN 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass.
Pours an opaque black colour with a quick to dissipate tan head. Decent lacing.
Smells strongly of dark chocolate, with a hint of burnt malts too.
Taste pretty much reflects the smell, with just a hint less bitterness than you’d expect. Very well balanced.
Overall an extremely drinkable beer, balanced and with a nice subtle chocolate taste. Love it.
McNeillR (249) - SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dusty chocolate aroma, like tearing open a sack of Milk Buttons. Expectedly dark body with a brown soaked head. Initially tangy, lactose carrying taste with a ping of bitter on the palate. Balanced sweet milky maltness to finish.
Very rare to have a chocolate beer without a coffee or a malt base without the arse falling out of the milky sweetness. Belgian angle helps, but they’ve done something special here. It’s all very one sided, but all very left-field. Get it while you can.
Bottle, Cornelius, Edinburgh
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Cask, Pimlico - 03/09/12.
Dark brown approaching black with a medium tan head which soon thins.
Milk chocolate nose with background vanilla.
Sweet malt taste, cocoa, brown sugar, milk chocolate.
Medium bodied, mininmal carbonation with a smooth finish.
RichTheVillan (836) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; pours almost pitch black thin head chocolate malt aroma, dark chocolate taste with heavy malt, nice carbonation with a slight gritty texture. I like it. Love the branding.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at Cask Pub and Kitchen. Pours a very dark brown colour with a fair light tan head. Aroma of cocopops, chocolate, roasty malt and caramel. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Lingering cocopops again. Tasty.
jmgreenuk (1278) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Poured a dark mahogany colour with a very slight reddish hue. The tan head was quite frothy initially, but didn’t last for long. The aroma was unsurprisingly mainly of chocolate! When I bought this bottle, I must admit I was a little worried by the label, as it gave the impression that this beer was a chocolate lovers dream, but thankfully the chocolate was there in the flavour, but it wasn’t dominant in any way. I’ve had chocolate beers in Belgium before and they are uber sickly. This was perfect. The dry hoppy pepperness went well with subtle notes from the chocolate to deliver a superb and very tasty ale. Another classic from Wales!
Rune (6125) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg, half-pint in perfect condition at Craft Beer Co in Islington. Patchy surface, spotty lacing and a tan-coloured head. Dark grainy chocolate to the nose. Cocoa powder to the taste buds, small bite of lactose to it, finish off with roasted, bitter chocolate malt. Well balanced. Likable (London, 26.11.2012).
Leighton (6931) - London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at The Kernel, London thanks to Thomas. Pours brown with a creamy, beige foam head. Dry and chalky cocoa character, moderately. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Drinks like a lower ABV beer than it is. Dry finish with lots of dusty cocoa. Not bad.
teorn88 (1198) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at CPK, London. It pours a brown colour with a small off-white head. The nose is of roasted malts, cocoa beens and slight vanilla. Taste is bitter and roasty, with cocoa powder and espresso notes. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, quite good stout, but nothing outstanding.