SpringsLicker (3169) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque black with a thick head as a Stout should. Chocolate aroma and flavor predominate. Chocolate is complex coming from both dark roast malt and actual chocolate. Chocolate follows till the very end.
Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amazingly rich chocolate taste, mostly sweet but a slight bitterness (like a bittersweet chocolate) comes through. Head and aroma are equally impressive. Top class.
lalubeer (57) - CANADA - FEB 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2006 The chocolate taste is so good. Longevity of the beer is fully lasting. Very good experience.
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It's double chocolatey. Um Hum. Mixed feelings in it being yet another of Young's marketing bits, but it also works. Nearly too much in some respects - sweet, and while I like chocolate ... I prefer it separated from my beer by a degree. Belgian ales and Belgian chocolate do it for me. This is okay.
Christian (11274) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 Nitro can: Very dark brown with a creamy tan nitro head. Roasted aroma with chocolate, coffee and a whiff of smoke. Sweet chocolate dominated flavour with notes of cappucino and licorice. Aftertaste of slightly cloying milk chocolate, balanced by coffee.
CEZ (399) - Milano, ITALY - FEB 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My appreciation for stouts is growing, thanks to beers like this one. Very dark, opaque body, almost black. Good beige head. Black chocolate and coffee aroma, not too sweet. Hops and smoke notes are also detected. Taste is intense, moderately sweet (the obvious chocolate, a touch of vanilla), with a pleasant bitterness and acidity to complement it in the finish. Smooth palate. Very drinkable.
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can pours what could best be desribed as extremely black, with a nice milky cream colored head. There is no mistaking it, aroma of cocoa in a big way. Lacing is frothy and sticky. Taste is certainly chocolatey. However, the mouthfeel is somewhat thin, albeit a smooth watery texture. Finish, as you can imagine it, chocolatey. Not as nice as the Rogue version, but good nonetheless.
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cococolate stands out in the sweet nose. Poured dark, rather thin with little head. Body is rather watery initialy in the mouth. Flavor is sweet, smokey chocolate flavor, some bitterness in there. Silky smooth finish, kind of watery. Nice beer.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet and fresh chocolate coffee aroma. Slight hops on second pour. Head is large, creamy and mostly lasting. Very dark body. Bitter coffee-like start with milk chocolate picking up in the finish. Overall flavor isn't too large, but it still seems a little heavy in the stomach.
hershiser2 (1231) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Presentation: nice brown pint bottle, with an average purple label, but a raised ram blown into the glass. (got the pint for $2.25, well worth the price)
Nice dark beer with amber highlights. Holy head! This head is huge and creamy, and leaves some great lacing.
Hard to smell with a two inch head on the beer. After a few minutes, the head shrinks, and now I can smell it. Hmmm... not what I was expecting. It's almost sour. Not my cup of tea. Sure hope it tastes better than it smells.
Well it does. I was gonna give this a 3.5 in taste, but the aftertaste bumps it up half a point. Nice tangy initial taste, with a nice, rich, chocolaty/coffee aftertaste that lingers and gets better as time goes on. THIS is how they reel you in, because the longer I sit here and type, the more I want a sip of this brew. Damn that aftertaste is good.
A bit thin in the mouthfeel, but would I really want this to be thick? If it was thick, this beer would be filling. So this is just right. Damn, there's that great aftertaste again.
Wowee, this is a drinkable beer for the aftertaste alone... the more it lingers, the more I want it. I hate chocolate, but this is one good MFing beer.