Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Do not drink this cold. The best flavor comes out just a few degrees above room temperature. It begins with a mild coffee flavor, then turns rich and chocolatey. The chocolate is a bitter chocolate, like baker’s chocolate with a little sweetness, rather than like sweet milk chocolate. A good beer.
Aubrey (3443) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark with a pinch of mahogany shining through. Dessert-like with sweet chocolate flavors; some vanilla too. Roasted coffee bean flavors here and there. Amazingly heavy for only 5.2%. Has a little bit of a ’synthetic’ chocolate flavor though... sort of like what a Yoohoo is to regular chocolate milk. Not necessarily bad, but not what I expected. The sample I remember on tap was much more chocolatey and creamy.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, a great dark color with a nice, thick creamy head. I could smell the chocolate before I even took a sip, and then the real unsweetened chocolate flavor came through. Also a good balance of roasted chocolate malts present. I was very impressed--very smooth to drink.
jaymobrown (1680) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2003 Re-Rate: Not much texture as I once thought, and the chocolate flavors aren't as pronounced. The nose isn't very strong but there are dark chocolate, coffee, and doughy flavors. Original: A subtle and smooth beer. The chocolate is present, but not overpowering. A dark, roasted flavor, robust and very tasteful. A good beer all around.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my top 10 stouts in the world that I have tried.Bittersweet,roasted,chocolate,rich and smooth.
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2004
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super bready, malty, chocolate and alcohol aroma. Deep as hell. The only drawbacks are the almost choc. syrup nature of the choc & alcohol combination in the mouth.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark. Chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Quite smooth. Light hops in the finish. Better in the bottle.
Blondaroo99 (2) - USA - MAY 9, 2002 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Rich, smooth, full bodied with a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Firm, smooth, creamy head with a pleasing finish. Chill it on ice for an even better flavor.
DarkFudge99 (5) - Dumont (Irish Headquarters USA), New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2002 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma isn’t very grabbing...Flavor is interesting. Imagine tasting an alcoholic version of UBet’s Chocholate syrup and you got an idea of what this beer is about. However it’s a bit thinner than I was expecting and is missing a bit of complexity going down. The hint of Chocholate is appealing but fades fast under a very smooth but thin and flat wash going down. It’s definitely missing something either a thicker texture and/or more complex unraveling flavors. Whatever that something is, ruins what could have been an exciting stout...As it stands now it is just good but not worth the $2 price per bottle it carries