JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 7, 2007
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
12oz bottle: Deep brown/red color, crystal clear, with smallish creamy light tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma has sour cherries, bit of chocolate and vanilla, slight metallic notes. Flavor has a bit of chocolate, cherries, and molasses up front, but quickly gives way to a striking chemically, lactic tartness that makes you pucker up throughout the finish. My first thought was that this was infected, but it seems like others have noted this as well. Not sure if this was just a bad batch, or if they were trying for this, but eitherway it doesn’t come off well.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
looks very nice, a slightly creamy looking dark brown body and a thin off white head that gives this a very guiness like look. nose is all chocolate with just a hint of vanila. flavor is pretty much the same, except for a slightly unpleaseant acidic tartness that finishes off the flavor and persists through the aftertaste. dont know yet if this is spoiled, i have some more bottles and may do a rerate later
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2007
1.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Clear dark body, tan head, dry chocolatey aroma, terrible flavour. All charred malt, with a little funk & some sour milk. Acidic, nasty, biley. Ugh.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a dark sepia brown with an off white head. has great lacing. There’s not much of a chocolate aroma, but the chocolate flavor is very rich and nice. I like it.
Beerdedone (2901) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. I was expecting so much more. chemical aroma and flavor, dar pour. just ok at best.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2007
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Black body with a small tan head.Roasted malt aroma with some molasssas. Roasted malt flavor, almost charred malt, and some sour milk in the end.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pors dark with a one finger thick tan head. Aroma is sour, roast, and slight chocolate. The flavor is slight chocolate, funk, and roast. I thought i would have enjoyed this brew, it looked great, and i love porters, but this was not that pleasant.
radagast83 (5417) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2007
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma initially started out fantastic, but soon got a slight sour/metalic aroma as it warmed. The same can be said about the taste, it was initally fantastic when it was really cold, but I let it warm too long (though it was only about half an hour) and it ended up being a chore to finish.
dumacub (18) - dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2007
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
an overall underwhelming affair.
I too sucumb to the promise of cocoa goodness only to be once again dissapointed.
It has a dark brown almost black appearance with a sweet aroma. fair mouthfeel if you can manage to get around the overpowering sour/metallic tastes that just sits in your mouth. not sure what to do with the other five.
Dogbrick (9160) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 26th, 2007: The beer is a dark chestnut color with a medium thin and rather fizzy light brown head that dissipates right away. Thin and spotty lacing. Cocoa aroma similar to opening a can of the powdered mix. Not much else to the aroma. Medium-bodied and lightly roasty with cocoa dominating the flavor as well. The finish is sweet cocoa and is chalky at times. Pretty much a one-trick pony.