krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2004
this is the first label i’ve seen that might require a crowbar and welder’s torch to remove for my collection. very chic. indeed, when a beer is this expensive, hyped and luxuriously bottled, i can’t help but prepare--unconsciously even-- to wax poetic and silly about it’s pressumed greatness before i’ve even tasted it. pouring it into a snifter, i was already composing in my mind some extravagant praises, like this: "rivulets of chestnut brown gurgling like an appalachian cascade, pooling into the glass, and sending up a heady celebration of big-bubbled foam"-- and crap like that. and admittedly, it’s true that the appearance of the pour IS quite nice. but fancy talk is wasted on this lame-o beer-- this isn’t godiva, this is ovaltine. one sniff and i felt as ripped off as a waiter gettin’ a two buck tip on a ninety dollar tab. i positioned my nose over the brew expecting a rich updraft of sweet aromas-- like you’d expect when opening a fat belgian dubbel-- and got: nothing! i sniffed this beer --and then sniffed a newspaper-- and found the newspaper to be more deliciously fragrant. this bock’s aroma is thin, and resembles only a rolo melting on an english muffin in a microwave in the upstairs apartment where the guy collects moldy clothes for the salvation army. i was swirling it so hard to coax up some more aroma that i reckon i’d spilled five bucks worth. as it warmed, i got some nutty orange effects as well, but truly-- it holds it’s aroma too close to appreciate-- like a gambler hiding his poker hand. tasting did little to ameliorate the disappointed feeling that was growing: yoo hoo chocolate sweetness on a thin malt-o-meal flavored body. the carbonation is creamy, but thin, and these sweet cola malts with no apparent alcohol or bitterness come up short in my estimation, as woefully short as a pygmy in the NBA. i had trouble finishing it, and it was inappropriately sweet-- like a nasty cat it reached out and cloyed me for no reason-- it cloyed me to the core of my being. i reread the instructions thinking that i used it incorrectly. maybe i opened the wrong end of the bottle. maybe i’m supposed to be fourteen years old and easily impressed by a candy-flavored dunkle. maybe probably i’ll give it a big MISS next time around.
YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Yeah - this bottle rocks- really cool lable. Wonderful chocolate and vanilla nose - sweet but not too sweet. Dark colored, no head. Wonderful Milk chocolate taste with slightly bitter intervalls what is actually great as this avoids to let it taste too sweet. A great accomplishment to a berry-dessert. jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Beautiful bottle. Pours very dark with hardly any head. Chocolate and vanilla aroma. Sweet flavor, but the chocolate provides enough subtle bitterness to keep it from being cloying. Still tasted like beer, which was a pleasant surprise. Decent stuff if you can find it at a halfway reasonable price. Sickboy282 (1116) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Pours a deep brown hue with a small head. Aromas of vanilla. Flavors of chocolate, vanilla and chocolate. Foamy finish. footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Dark brown brew with a nice creamy head.Nose is very sweet and nice.the chocolate isn’t just chocolate it is a blend of malts and the sweet of the choc.But is is just to sweet on the tongue for me.
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2004
The brew poured a dark coffee color and seemed to have a reddish tint. The head was meager and soon departed. The aroma was good, a sweet maltiness with cocoa on top of it. But the taste seemed too sweet. This much chocolate in an already naturally sweet beer style was a bit too much, but not cloyingly so. I’d rather spend my bucks on a chocolate stout, something that will counter the sweetness somewhat. Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Pours dark semi-transparent brown. Almost no aroma whatsoever just a little chocolate and coffee. Very complex chocolate flavors. Bitter,dark,sweet,malt even a dry cocoa taste in it. Worth a try split a bottle if you have to. DYCSoccer17 (3714) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 24, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2011 Sampled with omhper, tiggmtl, MartinT, muzzlehatch, and Rastacouere in Montreal. Thanks to Barry for spending the money on this that I never wanted to. Sweet, sugary, chocolate milk aroma similar to hershey syrup and tootsie rolls. Transparent mahogany ruby color with a light tan head. Very sweet and one dimensional. Lots of toosie-roll flavors. Thin. Not horrible, but certainly not great either. (7/4/5/2/11)********RE-Rate********12 ounce bottle from a mixed 12 pack purchased at Nugget in Woodland, CA. Poured into the Sam Adams glass. Mostly metallic aroma with light sweet chocolate hints and some light roasted notes, too. Transparent mahogany body with a medium light tan head. Good persistence. Starts sweet, and sugary with lots of chocolate, before this becomes a little less sweet and cloying in the middle. Mild roastiness. Finishes with lots more sweetness and even more of the aforementioned tootsie-roll flavors. Awfully cloying and way out of whack. tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2004
Well, yeah, of course it smells like chocolate - candyish, cocoa, some caramel, mint. Opaque brown with thin white head that recedes to thin cover and ring. Powdered chocolate flavour is rich but there is very little underlying malt body and none of the typical bock fruitiness. A bit on the thin side. This one-trick pony is definitely one for dessert and simply does not bear up to careful reflection and pontification. Bottle enjoyed with DYCSoccer17, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Omhper and Rastacouere. omhper (25956) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2004
Bottled. Very dark brown, not muchhead. Sweet chocoalte aroma. Medium sweet abd fairly malty. Soft, yet clean mouthfeel, rather simplistic malt profile. Cocoa finish. Drinkable, but not very remarkable.