lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Thick tan head. Smell is chocolate and bitter with some underlying sweet maltiness.
Taste is strongly of cocoa. Hints of coffee flavors as well. Sweet malt underpins the whole deal. A bit sticky on the palate. Once you get used to the chocolate flavors and get to the actual beer flavors you realize this would be a pretty damn good bock without the added chocolate essence. A pretty good brew anyway. Is it worth the $15? (The $25,000 question...) I don’t know but my wife loves it so I’ll be getting it again at some point.
Tmoney99 (14968) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Mothers Day Tasting. Bottle. Pours a dark brown with medium light brown head. Aroma was complex with the primary tone of chocolate. Flavor and body was medium to full syrupy sweet with a medium finish. Good brew alone but also good blend with a lambic. mybrainhurts (400) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 6, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2010 Pours deep brown with a short tight head. Aroma is coca, molasses, maple syrup and caramel. Chocolate malts, rich dark caramel and hints of toffee. Somewhat syrupy and thickly sweet. Not bad, but no where worth the sixteen dollars they price it. If you can get it on sale buy it!
UPDATE: Sam Adams have decided to put this in the Holiday Classics this year and with the 12 pack a much more fair price point. Still pretty good. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
I enjoy my chocolate and I enjoy my beer, but this is one of the few instances where they are somewhat well melded together. Unfortunately, this was almost a one-dimensional brew. Poured a deep brown, almost black with a modest tan head. Aroma was dominated by sweet chocolate, but some coffee was present. Flavor was also dominated by chocolate in this smooth brew. Alcohol was completely hidden. This was very tasty, but somewhat lacked in complexity that I had expected. Recommended, especially if you can find it for less than $14. BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2005
At first I was underwhelmed - until it warmed a little. Gorgeous, rich mahogany color. Nice cocoa nose with hints of maple sugar. Flavor of toasted malt and, surprise, chocolate. Not as complex as I expected. It finishes dry and non-cloying. Very enjoyable - I’ll gladly take another if If someone wants to gift me.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2005
From a bottle. Pours a very dark brown color making it appear stout-like until it’s held up to the light. Aroma is dominated by chocolate as is the flavor. This is a great beer but all that is good about it is offset by the inflated price. Note that rate beer has this beer listed at 7% Alcohol but the Sam Adams site has it listed at 5.5%. willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2005
04.22.05 best before June 2004. Mahoganey pour, glowing, with little head. Aroma is sweet chocolate, some maple, raisin, soy sauce. The more I shiff, the more it reminds me of a sweet, salty, teriaki or something similar. Not bad, but unexpected. Not at all the flavors I expected...a bit bland, very sweet up front, more hints of maple and slightly salty. Dark fruits across the middle, slick and oily body, hardly any eff. Finish is where the chocolate really comes in and it’s much more appropriate and less sweet than I expected, some buttery flavors temper what could (should?) be a sharper, more bitter bite from both hops, chocoalte malts, and chocolate itself. Probably a bit oxidized. aamademedrink (3) - USA - APR 16, 2005 does not count
I expected more from this beer. Light Sweet Aroma, Beautiful color. A beer My wife who is a chocoholic would enjoy. What I didnt care for was the Price for one. Also, the overall flavor of the beer could have been better in my opinion. npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2005
Dark brown/red, almost black, with a tan head. Chocolatey nose with some red wine. Very chocolatey flavor with touches of wine and plums, but not too thick or cloying--in fact it’s reasonably light and well-balanced. LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2005
This was so sweet and very very chocolate. we had it warm-ish in the morning. it was a good breakfast beer. sounds funny since it costs so much for a bottle, but it gets ya ready for the day. mmmmmmmmmcocoa krispies