Strykzone (6025) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
First impression was "oh no, another burnt tasting beer." But there is much more to this stout than that. Incredibly dark in color. Light would not penetrate. It also sports a significant chocolate colored head. First taste was of a strong stout but it tended to smooth out over the course of the pint. Very unusual.
lizzy (44) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours dark chocolate brown with thick tan rocky head. aroma is very dark chocolate, malts. flavor is malty, sweet milk chocolate, coffee, good!
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The 500 ml bottle poured with a huge light brown head and a beautiful "double dark" ebony body (ruby red, really, if you hold it to a light). There was some excellent lacing left on the glass by the time I finished. A strong aroma gives only a hint of its chocolate billing, but I sensed mostly dark roasted malt and a strong hops. I was surprised by the initial dry sherry palate with raisin, coffee and smoke flavors. This stout is smooth start to finish and also fairly dry. The subtle chocolate essence doesn’t really punch through until after the finish when it features prominently in the long-lasting aftertaste.
2philosophers (16) - Ridgewood, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap. Extremely black with a brown, foamy head. Smells chocolatey, but the chocolate taste is actually quite subtle. Also has coffee and malt notes. This is a satisfying beer to be sipped slowly—it’s not strong in alcohol but it’s full of deep, rich flavor. I highly recommend this to premenstrual women—goes well with chocolate-covered pretzels! I’ve had this in the bottle and nitro can—nitro can is best if you can’t find it on tap.
AndrewGeoff (27) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
An impenetrably dark blackish-brown beer with a foamy, tan head (stout in other words). Having read some of the reviews (NOT always a good idea before first tasting), I expected something along the lines of a liquid Mars Bar. Definitely not the case – this is first and foremost BEER. It is a rich full-flavoured stout with a burnt malt taste with subtle bitterness. Where does the chocolate come in? – in the wonderful way the beer coats all parts of the mouth leaving an unmistakable dark chocolate aftertaste.
jgentgesdo (685) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep black with a small tan head, lively carbonation in the glass. Nose is powerful chocolate and raisin. Flavor is very strong, smoky, sweet chocolate, with coffee towards the end and a beguiling spiciness in the finish. Very good.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured black, with a tight tan foamy head. More than adequate lacing I might add. Aroma of Chocolate, and coffee. Smooth, chocolate is prevalent, like everywhere. In the first taste, the mid taste the oh so sweet lingering after taste. This was smooth, silky and creamy, like a chocolate milk shake. Most excellent dry finish. If stouts are for you, get your paws on this one boys!
Tmoney99 (12736) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown to black color with small tan head. Aroma was sweet complex of barley and hops. Flavor was sweet with a strong chocolate finish.
hayduke (4282) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2007 Bottle. Yep, chocolate. Double chocolate. Poured dark brown with big tan head. Despite the chocolate, the hops still are clear and good. Great palate. Good nose. Good all the way around. I have laid in a stock of these now that Young’s is gone. It is going to be hard to drink the last one. Sort of like eating the last Passenger Pigeon.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown body with a healthy, tan head. I won’t get into the aroma, or the flavor, they go without saying. But the way the chocolate goodness is executed is wonderful. It is a very soft and creamy, yet sweet flavor.