Dogbrick (13018) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2014 pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Gigantic. Dark amber in color. Grassy aroma. Hop forward flavor with a light hint of dark chocolate. A little more astringent on the finish than their original IPA. Intriguing, though.
Sample at Kurtkeller 019: Choco-tastic 02 on 12/27/2014. This beer is a clear orange-gold color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily to an outer ring. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, hops and subtle chocolate. Medium-bodied with flavors of citrusy hops, malt and cocoa. The finish is fruity hops up front with a mild chocolate malt aftertaste. Decent overall. skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Have to say the idea is definitely there on this one, but didn’t necessarily make it all the way through. Chocolate is definitely present on the nose, but is quickly faded by the land of the hops on the palate. Bitter cocoa comes in again towards the finish. More chocolate please! jackl (8071) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle @ Croydonia Tasting. Cheers Colleen! The pour’s light amber with a small head. The nose is orange marmalade, burnt toast. Light heat. Some earthy unwashed grass root. The taste is chili-spiked cocoa. More orange marmalade-slathered toast. Medium body. Overall, fine. Skinner would approve. Theydon_Bois (19513) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2013
Bottle split at the Croydonia Tasting, big thanks originally to our very own American Dad - Endo ! 13/07/13.
Lightly hazed orange/golden with a decent sized light beige head.
Nose is caramel malt, pine resin, hops, bitter orange, light trace of booze.
Taste comprises orange pith, cocoa nibs, light spice, hops, grapefruit, cocoa backnote.
Medium bodied, soft carbonation, well balanced hop bitterness in the finish.
Decent IPA - the chocolate is well integrated and noticeable without straying to far from the base product. Well done Gigantic for pulling this off so well. Not to be drunk with something from the shit-in-a-tray merchants - common sense! jgb9348 (6259) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Super hazy bronze and amber coloured body with a very muddy, ruby-tinted glow and a thick two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of strong earthy, piney and floral hops with a kick of chocolate, alcohol and a bit of fruit sweetness. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong flavour at first of heavy malt, some light chocolate and a good earthy, nutty flavour with some hop notes soon afterwards with a lot of emphasis on earthy, resinous and perfumey hop notes. Aftertaste shows a fairly good balance (if that is even possible) of chocolate and hops with a good sweetness, a decent amount of alcohol and if anything is off - perhaps a bit too thick of body. Overall, a nice and interesting beer that was better than I expected and very cool to try back here on this coast. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon on 12-April-2013 for US$5.19 sampled at home in Washington on 29-July-2013.
Scopey (14736) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2013
Bottle at Croydonia Tasting, thanks to Colin. It pours clear golden-orange with a small white head. The nose is orange peel, tangerine, light toast, caramel, faint toast and light alcohol. The taste is orange, citrus peel, toast, earth, touch of cocoa, hay, light bitterness, dull roast, pine and some resin with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. The chocolate presents itself more on the taste. Thankfully not over-done. Interesting and pretty well executed. Leighton (21257) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle shared at the Croydonia July 2013 Tasting - East Croydon. Thanks to Colin for this one. Pours mostly clear, bright gold with a creamy white head. Nose of orange citrus and dusty cocoa, with hints of booze and tangerine. Medium sweet flavor, some rindy bitterness, sticky pine, dry cocoa. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. More citrus and dry, chalky cocoa character to finish. It’s not an especially inspiring beer (although the label is thought provoking) but the chocolate does add a novel edge to the beer. ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle at Gigantic. Pours a cloudy medium amber, decent amount of off-white head. Aroma lovely. Chocolate malt huge, notes of caramel, sickly sweet resin notes. Body lively and creamy. Finish comes off as the dusty mouthfeel of baking chocolate, but with a latent balance between sweetness and bitterness. Yummy! jcr (2705) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Bottle. Clear amber body. Fizzy, off-white head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, resin, toasted grain. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter and lightly tart. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Clean and strange. crackedmachine (481) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle from Belmont Station. Pours a hazy copper with a medium, light-tan head. Aroma is a mix of chocolate and hop citrus and pine. Flavor is an interesting, somewhat odd mix of bready malt, cocoa powder, and citrus/pine hops. Piney bitterness and bitter chocolate both linger on the palate. Definitely unique - my initial impression is that it works pretty well.