JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2008
Dark black-brown beer. Aroma is very chocolatey. Quite rich and sweet smelling. A bit chewy with vanilla and chewy caramel behind the rich chewy chocolate. Creamy palate, sticky and loaded with milk chocolate. Fairly assertive biterness and roastiness helps differentiate it from most other chocolate stouts I’ve had, which tend to be quite sweet and lowly hopped. Pretty tasty. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Bottle at JoeMcPhee’s. Pours a dark black body with a tan head. Aroma is sweet chocolate, with some oily roasty coffeeand mineral like chocolate. Not crazy about it. FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2008
A vigorous pour produces a three-finger thick, darkly browned, tan colored head. The beer is an almost black, concentrated, deeply burnt brown color that is not quite opaque when held up directly to the light as it shows flashes of ruby hues. Deeply roast as this smells of burnt grain-husks, burnt bread crust, spent overly roasted espresso grounds and just an overall, overly astringent deep burnt character. While this is way to focused on the burn malt aromas there is a touch of bread-like, dark malt character here and perhaps a hint of dark chocolate aromatics. After coming back to the aroma after walking my dogs I notice a burnt cherry note that is quite interesting, but alas fleeting.leroyneiman (9) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 23, 2008 does not count
Sweet tasting & creamy feeling up front, but then the burnt malt notes swoop in and turn this overly acidic, incredibly burnt tasting and thin. Up front and somewhat in the finish some dark chocolate flavors are noticeable. Acrid, bitter burnt malt notes combine with a touch of warming alcohol in the finish. As the beer warms up a bit it becomes a bit less like sipping on burnt charcoal juice, but doesn’t really lose the brunt acidity; basically the burnt, acrid bitterness reduces just a smidge, but not enough to make this much better. Burnt fruit notes of blackened cherries and roasted berries do become noticeable though.
This is a great example of a completely unbalanced roasted grain character; it is like the unbalanced double IPA of roasted grain, this doesn’t have nearly enough of the paler malt notes that are needed to hold this amount of roast grain in check. While not undrinkable, this just doesn’t really work for me; for those who like heavily roasted things (and I mean heavily roasted as I like a good black espresso) then this might be for you.
A black appearance with a beige head. The aroma was coffee and chocolate. The flavor was quite roasty with more chocolate and coffee showing through. The aftertaste was rather bitter. Overall this was a great stout. vyvvy (6460) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Pours dark brown with a rich tan head. The aroma has lots of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla - very rich smooth and nice. Medium / thick body that ends feeling thinner and has very sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with sharp green apple, dark chocolate and roastiness. The finish is sharp and fruity with spicy hops and a light creaminess. Okay beer.
MrBunn (2826) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Bottle bomber. Pour is dark brown with about a half inch of foamy head that dies quietly into the night. Aromas are of burnt cocoa and a bit of peat and smoke. Flavor is fairly empty at first and then blossoms into a kind of smoke-filled chocolate finish. Can’t really tell if they hit the mark they were aiming at with this. westknife (108) - New York City, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Lots of coffee, not enough chocolate, too much damn alcohol burn. It’s a decent beer but not really up to snuff, I’ve had better chocolate stouts. travita (5003) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2008
Black in color with a decent dark tan colored head. Smells of roastiness, coffee, and lots and lots of chocolate. Smells good. Taste is really roasty. Coffee and chocolate in there. Dry. Sort of bitter. Smell does not seem to match the flavor. Dorwart (2588) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Decent sized brown head of fine bubbles. Light carbonation. Milk chocolate dominates the aroma with some, light coffee, roasted grains and some burnt toats. Color is a very dark brown. More chocolate in the flavor but it really takes a back seat to the dark roasted grains. Good bitterness and roastyness. Little bit on the dry side and not as sweet as expected. Finishes smooth and roasty. A pretty decent generic stout. lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2008
ABV: 8.1 %
RateBeer rating: 82
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume: 22 fl oz.
Glass: Weizen, English Pint
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Consumed at: home
First Impression: Aroma is nice, malty, syrupy, and dark. Visuals are absolutely black opaque body under a tan head that thins quickly. Taste is chocolate, coffee, malt, and roasty goodness. Delicious. Palate is thin, wet, and sweet. Finish is short lived and simply bitter. Second Impression - not a great beer, not overwhelming, but not bad. There are better beers for less per ounce than this one, but it was a fairly enjoyable experience.
Aroma: 7 out of 10
Visuals: 5 out of 5
Taste: 8 out of 10
Palate: 4 out of 5
Overall: 17 out of 20