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.
NikkTwist (1393) - 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.
ScoWRee (366) - 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.
Ricoslim (65) - - MAR 23, 2014
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from 750ml bottle. Very dark with a light tan head. Aroma is strong of chocolate. Very smooth for a stout. Flavor is middle of the pack when it comes to bringing the chocolate out of the beer.
mccarltone (8) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2014 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice, chocolatey aroma with a nut brown head. Reddish-brown in color and decently opaque. Taste wasn’t where I thought it would be...not much sweetness and a bit harsh aftertaste. I also felt like the body wasn’t where it should be...a bit thin perhaps. Overall a decent beer but nothing substantial.
Jayb0 (984) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyable, rich stout. Chocolate pervades but doesn’t overwhelm. Smooth with a nice offsetting minerality.
obxdude10 (1971) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My bottle from Wegmans Collegeville says the ABV is 6.9. This beer is very rich, with lots of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, bitter hops and smooth malt. The beer pours a jet-black color with a thick and relentless tan head. The head leaves a cascading lace around the glass. The nose is full of chocolate, cocoa beans, bitter hops and hay. This is a very smooth and enjoyable stout!
callmemickey (2273) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black body, creamy tan head, soapy lacing. Nose is straight dark chocolate. Flavor shows the chocolate from the nose but also shows a ahit ton of vanilla. A bit too much vanilla. Medium to full bodied, silky carbonation, gentle sweetness.
strongpieman (1390) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Overall good stout, not great. Body was a little thin and too carbonated to be a full competitor in this class. Good flavors with richness
DandyWolfFloyd (623) - 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.
Yonny (16) - - MAR 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft pour... nice 1/2 inch foamy head (very Guinness-like). Sweet taste at first sip, sweet aftertaste. Smooth drinking. Would not be my regular drink as the taste is "bland" relative to my first choice IPAs. But a very good change!