molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Bottle from Winter ’05-’06. Pours black with a finger-thick brown head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, coffee, and roasted malt with some faint elderberry? Nice. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Thick legs and palate. 8.7% alcohol shows just as much as it should. Wonderful. At $1.70 for a 12 oz. bottle, I may have to buy these out. tromboneman (17) - USA - AUG 12, 2006
So rich and creamy.... It melts in my mouth. This is truly my favorite of chocolate stouts. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 12, 2006
An almost black pour with a brown head. A huge aroma of chocomaltiness and alcohol. A smooth chocolate flavor with an alcohol kicker. I love a beer that you can taste alcohol in when it’s not the only thing you taste. This baby has a bitter from the malt bill that I really like. An excellent beer. I’ve had it for a month in the refrig. shame on me. fonefan (52351) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle. Black oily colour, with a tan creamy foam. Aroma of dark chocolate, and lots of bitternes in the end. Have a nice sweet/bitter mouth feeling, with a lot of dark chocolate. Nice round bitter finish. skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2006
12oz bottle. chocolate/brandy aroma... the mouthfeel is very thick and rich... flavors include chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and faint hops...I had the brooklyn brown ale a week ago and now I want to try them all... this one is richer and more complex than other "chocolate stouts" that I have had... yummy
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2006 Black brew with light brown head. Strong chocolate stout, roasted sweet chocolate malt, coffee with a hint of dark chocolate . Alcohol content is obvious, this is a remarkably well balanced beer, just the right amount and combination of malt, the flavors are blended to near perfection. This is an excellent beer for the winter, it will warm you up. A new favorite I will definitely buy again....and again. lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2008 Pours a gorgeous black color with extremely thin and quickly dissapating brown head. Aroma contains a bit of nuttiness and alcohol but is dominated by the scent of sweet, dark chocolate. Flavor is nice- a bit of chocolate to compliment the intense smokiness of this imperial stout. A little too much alcohol, a little too much residual sugar. Fairly thick mouthfeel, with a bit of stickiness. Overall, however, a good brew. theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2006
This pup is from Winter ’05-’06. Black as night, a small dark tan head forms at the end of the pour and fades quickly. Just the slightest bit of red at the end of the glass, can’t get much darker. Tons of coffee and roast in the nose, but do I detect some hop aroma? I think I do. Still, dominated by dark and malty. The beer is very smooth by now. Chocolate and coffee are the dominant flavors. Some bitterness lingers on the sides of the tongue. Smooth and silky. Like a piece of chocolate cake. I could get back into dark beers. Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Bottle dated Winter ’04-’05. Full and roasty chocolate malt aroma, alcohol presence (almost whisky- like?) with some vanilla notes as it warms. Full- bodied texture with a robust malty backbone. There was also some alcohol warming (but not burning) on the tongue and in the belly. I got the impression that this one was "bigger" than 8.7 percent ABV. I’ll bet it was a roaring lion fresh out of the brewery!
iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2006
12oz bottle acquired from IrishBoy in a trade. Winter ’05-’06 bottling. Pours an almost motor oil black into my Duvel glass with a ring of tan head. Aroma of soy (the first aroma I got, though not the strongest), big dark chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, slight grain, raisins, and alcohol. There is some initial tang from the soy quality, then some sweetness, and ends up roasty and bitter. Tastes basically how it smells. Quite a heavy beer, thick creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Very good.
Side note: I was eating some dark chocolate with this, the soy gets quite strong and I get some sour cherries with it.