marcus (10740) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
This dark brown lager poured with a thin beige head. There is a blatant chocolate flavor over a rather thin roasted malt base, and a long dry finish. I give A-B credit for producing something a step above their standard atrocities, but they’ve got a long way to go. bhensonb (15841) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Weird aromas of chocolate and ? Nice mahogany color with a beige/tan head that rapidly ringed. Medium body with creamy carbonation. The flavor is chocolate, but a strange chocolate. I remember this from my childhood, but I can’t remember where I had it. Hersheys powder from the can? There seems to be some roasted malt to go with the chocolate. It’s mildly sweet, but with the chocolate it is really a bit astringent. This is a mixed brew, neither this nor that. Finish is chocolate, malt, and fairly dry. A real challenge to the lager non-lover. Why couldn’t they do this with a porter? Interesting, though. Another step out of the box for AB. It really does seem to improve with time and warming. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2008
The last "swill" beer of the evening and the one that I overpaid for. The non-beer friends were mixed about this, some hated the sweetness and chocolate that utterly dominates the flavor but a few thought it was really good, caused some fun conversion. I enjoyed listening them them ramble on like we so often. Palidor19 (3194) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2008
For myself, it pours deep brown with a mostly lasting frothy head and some lace. The aroma is pure Hersey’s Chocolate powder with a hint of apple and plum esters and noted fusel alcohol. The taste was not as sweet as I feared but still overpowers almost any other flavor. What redeeming value is a surprisingly tart fruit undertone that help cut through the chocolate in the finish. The mouth feel is lively and chalky, not as thick as expected. All in all I have had worse beer but this is hardly worth the price IMO.
it does have some decent qualities. Chocolate aromas with a burnt body slighly toasted malts and a creamy head. It goes down smooth with a taste of dark cocoa beans. Recommended ScoWRee (423) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Pours a deep amber color with a thin tan bubblie head that quickly disapates. Aroma of cocco and more cocco. Taste of Hershey Cocco. If you like chocolate,you’ll love this. Overall not that intresting.
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2007
1) Small head that went away quickly. BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2007
2) Chocolate flavor is at the right level...not too much, not too little.
3) Finish reminds me of dry cocoa powder.
Sampled from 2006 vintage torpedo bottle, found in a friggen basement. Faint chocolate aroma on this amber beer. Similar flavor but very light. Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Sampled from 2006 vintage torpedo bottle, courtesy of brewfiend. Pours a clear dark coppery amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that disipates to a ring. Aroma of herbal spice, some bakers chocolate, a touch of apple and some vanilla. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of bakers chocoalte, caramel malt, some flowery hop bitterness and a touch of yeast. Finish is slightly metalic, dry with a vanilla/chocolate aftertaste. It’s different. fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Dark and malty. A little thin. Not much cocolate. Some caramel. Not too good. BOBANDDOUG (61) - Belleville, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Recieved this 2007 Edition from a friend at AB. Just a while label pre-production sample bottle. Used a tulip glass to release as much aroma/flavor as possible.
pours dark, like coca-cola, with minimal head. Zero lacing on the glass.
Smells of a chocolate malt, spiked with alcohol.
Tastes of obvious chocolate, with hints of fruit, maybe apples, and alcohol. Not over powered by any one ingredient. I didn’t take notes on last years edition, but, by memory, seems close, but with a more pronounced chocolate/malt than I recall.
This beer seemed to get better about 5-7 min out of the fridge, as do most. Not an overly complex beer, but, a very good holiday party beer.
I also recieved a bottle of new for 2007 Celebrate Cherry, which I will review when someone sets up the review for it. It’s not bad at all, might be good mixed with the chocolate