DocLock (8311) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2007
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from State Line. Pours turbid deep brown with fizzy, 1-finger khaki head. Aroma of scwarzbier, with the dark roast malt and slight dark chocolate and slight molasses and nuts. Tastes tart, with some fruity dry red winet notes, plus roasty malt. There is a definite lactobacillus presence here, which gives this one a sour flavor; a flavor which I am not sure was intended. Letís rate this and just say Iíll rerate with a fresh sample later. For now, it tastes like a mixture of chocolate syrup and vinegar poured over and collected from my wifeís unwashed feet.
eaglefan538 (2917) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 25, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark brown color with a tannish type head, decent retention, good lacing. Aroma was cocoa and coffee. Flavor was nasy sour cocoa/chocolate mixed with coffee, lactic notes, sour citrus, and diacetyl. This sucker was pretty bad, acidic, astringent, sour, nasty weak mouthfeel. Another TK bust beer.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 24, 2007
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
(Bottle (best by 4/07) from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/massachusetts/w target=blank>Julioís Liquors) Pretty hideous...Pours hazyish dark cola-like brown with about three fingers of light brown head. Aroma is weird - smells more like food than beer. It smells like a sour sauce of some sort, soy sauce and cheap chocolate. Sour honey smell, if thatís possible. Hmmmm. Mouthfeel watery and fizzy. This is crap. It tastes like leftover Chinese food, vinegar, honey and weakly carbonated YooHoo mixed together in somebodyís garage. Itís awful.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Im coo-coo for coco porter! Most people arent a fan of this, but from what i had, i was! Chocaltey route for sure, but not too overpowering, tasty routes!
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of cocoa and roasted malts. Flavor of chocolate with a little bitterness at the finish. Not much carbonation.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2007
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nearly opaque brown with a huge head. Spare lacing. Aroma is an unpleasant mix of toasted malts and hot chocolate. Taste brings out a little more roasty malts, which helps. Medium++ body. Some bitterness in there.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown bottle with little head. Aroma is sweet cocoa, and the flavor follows. The cocoa is not well brewed into the beer, though, it tastes as if chocolate syrup was added later. Not undrinkable, but I wouldnít buy it again.
Nephilium (1459) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2007
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Well... this beer shows the horrors of beer exchanges. It pours like flat cola, no head, no lacing. It smells like chocolate syrup, and tastes like chocolate syrup added to water with a bit of bitterness in the end. This beer brings nothing to the table.
Kevin (2129) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 8, 2007
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
dark muddy brown with an almond head. The aroma is not that inviting, really sweet smelling chocolate that has a burning bit like a citrus cleaner. This is going to be hard to drink. Sickeningly sweet, and not an enjoyable sweetness. Very thin body. Reminds me of ghetto kool-aid. The lingering taste of sweet tarts is not something I want out of a beer.
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dwyerpg (4754) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2012 Original score 4. On re-rate it really does start out nice. It just get a bit strainy at the end.
Smells like cocoa not coffee, so thatís a good a start. Taste is nice, wtih great chocolate characters. Really a good winter beer. Maybe since itís not too sweet people are scoring it low per style but I donít care, I like it.