hieronim (15) - Schenectady, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2002
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Talk about chocolate! Very sweet, take small sips and enjoy it. Good warm or cold, best if somewhere in between.
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Probably drank too cold. Apparent chocolate taste. I think I should have purchased the bottled version.
lassewan (44) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hot chocolade. Could be tomouch at the wrong moment. But one big glass at christmas is a ok.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black chocolate aroma and a hint of lactic. Black color, light brown head, good lace. Moderate sweet, very much chocolate, light roasted. Coffee and bitterness in the finish. Very nice beer but there are better stouts and better beers by Young.
ucsbdude (68) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smooth as silk.Dark, rich flavor.The chocolate is gently presented with hints of caramel and coffee.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is an extremely rich and very delicious stout. The chocolate flavor is pulled off very well and mixes nicely with this superb ale. Not too roasted tasting, just creamy.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stouty looking, but not quite opaque, medium tan head. Dark malt aroma, grainy, cocoa powder with some spiced rum thrown in. I understand they use actual dark chocolate, but it comes off a bit artificial to me. Oh, now reading the commercial description, it must be the ’chocolate essence’. Reminds me a bit of the chocolate covered coffee beans they sell as candy at Starbucks etc, kind of weird tasting but kind of good too. This improves immensely as it approaches room temperature, everything seems to come together a bit better. Drying, bittersweet finish leaves a pleasant aftertaste.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I may be underrating this. It started out well-chilled with a nice fragrance, delicately hopped, malty and bready. The flavor was odd, chocolatey but thin bodied and weird tasting. Like cocoa powder had been stirred in. However, warming it to a more reasonable temp, allowed the flavors and aromas to coalesce, yielding beautiful aromas and flavors: raisins, pipe tobacco, chocolate malt, fresh bread... lightly sweet but with a hint of tartness and even dryness. Nice deep color, creamy head. I still think it was a bit light-bodied but it was excellent. The best Young’s brew I’ve had.
rustyspoon (5) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2002 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is like a dessert. Dark, chocolate, and smooth. The taste doesn’t linger, however. Not real complext, just chocolate. If you don’t usually like stouts, give this one a try.
eeast99 (3) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 24, 2002 does not count
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Silky mouth feel and mild chocolate taste,
I enjoyed this stout on draught and found it a tad bit
light for a double chocolate stout, and almost imperceptibly sweet.