DuffManOhYeah (133) - USA - JUL 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2003 Very good, but not great. Not as chocolatey as I had hoped and not nearly as thick as it looked. It was good and went down very smooth though. I enjoyed it. Similar to Guiness in texture, but it wishes that it were as good as Rogue's Chocolate Stout.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A vinuous chocolaty aroma is also a little spicy. Yes, there is actually a bitter chocolae flavour in here but not so much that it distracts from tis still being a stout. Excessive carbonation spois the finish slightly.
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark black with a small white head. Malty-chocolatey aroma. This is very bitter, chocolatey, and roasty. Very thick too. Yum.
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
it pours nice and dark but not as thick and rich as many others, decent tan head. Smells like licorice and chocolate. Good flavor, burned nuts, chocolate, maple syrup and blow-molded gnomes. Palate is a little thin, not a real strong finish either. Gets points for being available all over.
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was one of the first beers I ever had and I still go back for it. Smooth, velvety and of course chocolate.
egajdzis (5550) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured very dark, with a large tan head. Left nice lacing on the glass. Sweet chocolate/roasty character in the taste. Great dessert beer.
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark color. Nice tan head that left a beautiful lacing. Aroma was chocolaty. As for flavor, it stared out with a roasty sweetness that developed into a chocolaty candy finish. Left a sugary malty flavor in my mouth.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2004 Very dark with a nice tan head. Smells of chocolate and roasted barley. Velvety smooth. Starts with roasted flavors that lead to dark chocolate and malts.
Re-sampled 9/19/04, I am surprised I had this so high before, much thiner and watery than I remember. Also alot less chocolate. Still has some nice flavors, but not as good as I once thought.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Color of this yummy chocolate is deep, brown, almost black like a dark chocolate candy. Nice tan head, frothy foam about a finger high, fades a little leaving patchy lace. Smells of very sweet and rich chocolate with a nice creamy lightness, notes of ginger spice and nuts. Taste echoes the smell, its got a good amount of chocolaty flavor thats sweetly bitter but not overbearing. It stays nice and silky smooth the whole way through with a good chocolatey twinge thats quite nice in the finish and feel. Some faint notes of hop presence and ginger and is medium to heavy bodied. This is a great stout for having around Halloween and the winter Holidays when everyone starts eating more sweets, I've always got a few bottles just waiting for me to have as dessert. Super yummy stuff.
ElGaucho (2299) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark chocolate notes are very obvious in the nose, along with rich, roasted malt. Body is opaque and head is a thick and smooth tan color, much like Guinness. When consumed from the can, the pour is also reminiscent of Guiness, courtesy of the pressurized widget. Has a subtle flavor, and as "shintriad" mentioned, is not all that chocolatety. (not sure what Spiesy was tasting) Frankly, also like Guinness, this brew could use just a touch more sweetness to awaken the taste buds. In keeping with the Guinness comparisons, I think I would prefer this to a Guinness, but it's close.