pubscout (30) - Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2009
A nice chocolatey/coffeeish beer with which to finish a holiday meal--if you can’t get Utopias. Better yet, have both. I found it to be very pleasant to the taste and very smooth on the palate. Its flavor improved as it warmed. Nice to give as a gift to a lover of good beer--especially a stout/porter person. But infinitely better to receive... BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Corked bottle and served in my Expedition snifter: Basically opaque with a slowly fading creamy tan head and left very good lace upon the snifter. The aroma has notes of bittersweet chocolate, walnut, leather, lactic acid, grassy and slight resiny hop, light charred wood and just a dash of espresso. puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2007
The taste is a lovely blend of rich cafe mocha and twangy bittering hops. The sweetness of the chocolate is balanced by the coffee and hop bitterness. Adding depth is some smoke, fig and prune. The mouth feel is not as lush as I hoped but then again it is quite drinkable and oh so smooth!
For me this is a well executed brew with just enough sweetness working with lactic and bitterness to make it oh so tasty. I will grab me many more bottles when they arrive in the local area. Thanks to Todd (MrBendo) for my advanced bottle in trade.
Bottle. An interesting brew. Poured really cold, so first impressions were definitely that, though not so prominent in the flavor, the chocolate gives this beer a silky smooth finish like no other. Like velvet going down your throat. As it warms, the chocolate really comes into being, providing wonderful black chocolate notes like no normal stout could ever do. Really rich, lightly bitter, different. Nose is extremely malty with little chocolate. Big complexity and an absolute joy to drink. I am LOVING this! nuplastikk (6514) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2008
750ml corked bottle. "True" Belgian style Chocolate Stout. Cocoa Ale or something along those lines, would be a better fit in my opinion. Bellyaching aside, this is one of the finer "Cocoa Ales" I’ve had. Nice sweet chocolate aroma. Attractive opaque black appearance. Mellow carbonation. Chocolate syrup taste that comes off surprisingly well. The ABV is perfect for the style, the beer maintains a solid body while being very drinkable. Exceptional beer, recommended. doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Pours a dark mahogany color with a fine tan head. Smell is that of cocoa and coffee. Mouthfeel is very nice with a slight bittering. The Chocolates and coffee are promonant. Sits nice on the tongue. Bitterness on the backside is well balanced. A homerun from Cooperstown!
REDBOSOX (80) - Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2009
This truly is dessert in a bottle. Certainly a fantastic beer! I loved it! This one pours a nice velvety brown with a tannish head. It’s got some carbonation but still goes down fairly smoothly. It almost reminds me of a chocolate soda, but tastes a bit better than that. It’s got some coffee notes in it as well. I really enjoyed this one and will be certain to drink it again. Cooperstown is no longer only famous for baseball. Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2009
It wasn’t sweet, like I had expected. It tasted like a really smooth and tasty stout. It was roasty and oaky, with quite a lot of hop presence. Awesome. PhillyBeer2112 (2924) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2009
I loved this one and had no trouble sipping through the whole 750! Rich chocolatey nose with notes of coffee and roast. Very dark brown color, almost black and totally opaque in the glass with a thick creamy tight bubbled head. The label calls is luxurious and both the appearance and mouthfeel approach that adjective. Big rich chocolate, molasses, and roast flavor but not overly sweet at all with enough dry roasty character to balance it out with touches of roast and smoke in the finish. Perhaps the dead on best beer Ommegang makes. ruyehara88 (49) - Killeen, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Pours a thick, coal black. Brown tan head. Aroma is of banana and clove- the kind of notes you’d think you’d be getting from a Belgian ale. Chocolate is in there also. Tasting it is very interesting. First of all, the carbonation is a sparkly lightness that dances across your tongue. Its very fruity. Bitterness taps on the tip of your tongue and chocolate gradually eases its way onto the back. Its very smooth and silky. What an interesting beer. Aquilo (659) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Perfect black with a thick tan head. Aroma is roasted malts and lots of chocolate. Flavor is lightly bitter and very chocolatey. Velvety smooth finish. This would be great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.