StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2005
Color is a midnight brown; medium-thickness in viscosity. Swampy, solid 1/4" tan head. Aroma is of coffee and cocoa. I’m ready for my midnight snack. Flavor is very rich, predominantly of coffee, toffee and caramel and chocolate malts. Body is smooth and dry. Heavy cocoa complexion and carbonation up front, then they unite with the other elements and recede. Finish is like a bitter mocha espresso, which eventually evolves into something not unlike Dove’s dark chocolate candy bars. This is the first stout I’ve had in a while that didn’t have a molasses emphasis. Very good. Thanks to tpkenned for this birthday treat! doostinjcap (43) - Newport, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2005
This one was my first ale from Bison brewery and I was most definatly impressed! Very smooth, with an astounding chocolate taste! I’m amazed to say that this organic treat has passed up even my beloved, rogue chocolate stout! Congradulations of this masterpiece! frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2005
Nearly black in color with a thin tan head. Aroma is of rich chocolate and roasted barley. Very light malt sweetness initially, followed by a big roasted barley flavor, moderate notes of cocoa, lots of coffee flavor going on. Finish is quite roasty and bitter. Not a bad stout, but could use more balance in my opinion. hershiser2 (3595) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2005
Bottled. Black in appearance with a small head. Smells of sweet chocolate malts, some roastiness, some fruitiness. Smooth taste: sweet chocolates- not dark, rich, and heavy. Tasty. bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 4, 2005
bottle from brickskeller. deep dark brown. lacing over a slowly receding dark tan head. flavor is smooth, with pronounced cocoa flavor and roasted malts.
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Pours black with brown head. Has aroma of malt and coffee and excellent tastes of chocolate, coffee, malt, and cocoa. Very well balanced. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Dark dirt brown color, opaque with a lightly fizzy head that turns on with a swirl and light lacing that dribbles down the glass like a string of druel. Nose of light soy sauce and vanilla beans, some anise, fennel type notes. A bit of alcohol, portish in nature and heavily sweetened latté. Brittle roast & baker’s chocolate, some caramel and molasses. The flavor has a touch of astringency and noticable bitterness from the hops with a mild cocoa & roasted barley note towards the end. Definately some cola notes towards the end here as ontario102 so eloquantly put. The body seems a bit lacking at first but grows in volume the more you drink. The dry bitterness & astringency overpower the expected dessert image. The final tail of this has a bit more caramel & chocolate malt notes and it actually improves greatly as it passes through drinking temp to room temp. ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Lovely, roasted mocha nose; moderate body, very roasted and somewhat burnt black patent flavor and associated bitterness, nice maltiness and bitter roasted and hop balance with maybe a tad of astringency; definite cocoa assersion; some cola and brown sugar notes; damn good hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Poured a dark black with a smaller brownish head. Aromas and tastes of roasted malts and cocoa. Light coffee in the taste. The body was a little on the thin and watery side. Krausen (102) - USA - JAN 30, 2005
Finally a brewery nailed the chocolate stout! I wonder, is this the same beer that has been reviewed? My label was different and it was organic. Regardless, great chocolate flavor, nice balance of malt and roast and a clean bitterness. Better than the Sam Chocolate bock and less than half the price!