ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle into a tulip. From notes.
A: Pours a dark ruby color. The head is a three finger khaki shade with layered foam thickness. Layered foam thickness, folks! That’s worth bonus points by itself.
S: The aroma is straightforward; dry, powdery chocolate is backed by a touch of vanilla. Maybe hints of cream pop up here and there.
T: Chocolate makes itself known immediately, before transitioning to caramel and vanilla in the middle. Some chocolate flavors return in the finish, backed by a subtle mineral note. This one does a great job of striking a balance between being easy drinking and being dessert-like.
M: I think the body could be a little thicker, and a little creamier as well. The finish is mostly dry, however a touch of chocolate sweetness continues to linger. Despite my complaints about the lack of decadence, this is unbelievably quaffable.
O: It’s not the most complex stout by any stretch. However, the way it delicately balances drinkability with a rich chocolate flavor just impresses the hell out of me. I could easily crush a 750 of this and not grow tired of it.
Tonkun (843) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a big mocha head. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, licorice, vanilla, mocha. Slightly acidic smooth medium body. Lighter than expected. well balanced. Long, smooth, acidic, full of chocolate finish. Really nice
HellesBunny666 (158) - Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate, vanilla, coffee and slight booze aromas. Dry body. Caramel, very chocolaty, alcohol finish. Smooth, but a bit roasty, very different than the draft that I had a the brewery.
Emeister84 (918) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aromas of dark chocolate, bitter, earthy cocoa, nutty, dirty, walnut-like, hint of alcohol. Black with a lasting off-white head. Quite dry, chocolatey, roasty, a little burnt, some astringency, some booze. Medium-full bodied, pretty refreshing, smooth but not as creamy as I’m used to in a sweet stout.
JDBaker11058 (1242) - Maryland, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: black, with a frothy, tan foam head, minimal lacing. Aroma: caramel, chocolate, nuts, roasty, vanilla, woody, light espresso. Taste: heavy sweetness, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, damp earth. Finish: full body, slick feel, soft carbonation, long sweet chocolatey finish. Notes: Much better as it warms close to room temperature.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4895) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized foamy beige head that faded quickly and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was bitter and roasty with notes of vanilla, cream, cocoa and a bit of perfume. Long vanilla and cocoa finish. Medium body. Ok.
crossovert (7201) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Waves of sweet cocoa, roasty notes, just chocolate all the way.
Beerdedone (2603) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa power and vanilla. Flavor was lightly sweet with dark chocolate, vanilla, cocoa nibs, roast and light caramel.
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma - chocolate malt with a little roast and tease of booze
Appearance - almost black body; opaque liquid; about 2" beige head
Taste - chocolate malt with a little roast, and subtle nutty quality
Palate - body is more light than medium; texture is thinner than a stout really should be; carbonation is flat; finish feels and tastes like chocolate milk, Boscos or like a Chocolate Cow.
ScoWRee (378) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very dark brown apart black. A very nice tan foamy head. The aroma screams cocoa. Taste is a little watery and bitter. Taste like chocolate water. A little disappointed considering the great aroma.
NikkTwist (1581) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Black pour that shows as a clear ruby under bright light. Large frothy beige head. Lots of lace. Dark buttery salted chocolate caramels. Thick rich dark red fruits. Semi-sweet Swiss chocolate bars. Only slight coffee and smoke. Surprisingly full body. Not overly complex, but pleasantly original. Tastes a whole lot better than the thoughts of chocolate covered oysters might conjure.