Kevin (2158) - 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.
3 3 3 1 5
dwyerpg (4918) - 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 that’s a good a start. Taste is nice, wtih great chocolate characters. Really a good winter beer. Maybe since it’s not too sweet people are scoring it low per style but I don’t care, I like it.
jew02 (16) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had a sour taste to finish. First bottle was fine. The sour taste was mild but the second bottle about a week later was so sour that I could not finish (never fear my roommate threw it down).
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JAN 2, 2007
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Looks like coca cola in the glass, with no head. Smells of dry dog food, purely disgusting. Ventured to take a taste, its not as bad as the smell, but is still an odd conglomeration of nuts, chocolate and caramels. Glad I was sharing this at a new year’s party and only drank about 3 oz.
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap. Very flat, brown appearance with no head. Some dark roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate notes. Very thin mouthfeel with not much in the way of flavor besides black tea and some chocolate. Had trouble finishing this one.
BeerandBlues2 (10915) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12-oz. bottle. Pours near opaque with spare fizzy off-white head and spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (chocolate, roasted, nutty), light hops (grass), average yeast (leather, dough) with notes of caramel, ash and vanilla. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and moderate bitterness; thin leathery yeast and dark roasted coffee, chocolate malt flavor. Medium bodied, slick texture, average carbonation and a metallic finish.
sfontain (846) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. single for $2.00 from Buehler’s in Delaware, OH. Pours thin, dark, and brown with virtually no head; the tiniest visible ring of "foam" remains on the surface; I ended up with a huge clump of yeast in my glass because--silly me--I expected that they would actually filter the beer, and since I was pouring "aggressively" to try to bring out some head, I was unable to back off the pour before the huge yeast bomb flowed out. Aroma does indeed show a lot of cocoa; it’s like sniffing Hershey powder with a touch of roast; but that’s it (...!?). Flavor has just a brief glimmer of "portner-ness," still with lots of cocoa and a hint of roast, but again not much else. Thin but silky; not at all sticky. Gah... "Winter warmer"? Yeah, right.
jazz88 (2625) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 23, 2006
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. A dark brown color with a laced tan head. A very uninviting vegetable and stale chocolate aroma. A tangy, painful light sweet chocolate flavor.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Draft. Aroma: Cocoa powder just dominates the aroma. Behind that, very light maltiness, some sugary sweetness, and not much else. Appearance: Dark brown in color. Medium khaki head was small and foamy with decent retention. No lacing. Flavor: Again, cocoa powder is the dominant flavor. Not even good cocoa powder. Standard Hershey’s that you would buy at any Grocery Store. Very light roasted malt behind that. Very one dimensional, and not a good dimension. Palate: Medium-light bodied and watery. Medium carbonation. Overall: Just bad. Too much cocoa and not enough everything else. Poor.
beer30 (3) - SCS, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Quite a delicious brew! Deep brownish-black color with a tight head, giving way to slight effervescence. Rich hot-cocoa-like aromas coupled with a touch of honey creates a nicely balanced flavor. Very low hop presence, but good for this style. Slight alcohol flavor tames the sweetness nicely and essentially makes this brew quite quaffable! Would be an axcellent pairing to rich desserts, or possibly hearty meats in main courses, such as certain types of game. Other reviewers must have gotten infected bottles, because this tasted like liquid gold to me!!