OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Tap @ Redbones. Good nose, Cocoa, coffee,latte. Clean orange dark brown color. Small to no head. Sweet bitter flavors, chocolate,carmel,malted milk balls. Medium body, lite creamy mouthfeel, dry bittersweet finish. Pretty damn tasty, Nice to find on tap. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
Medium brown body shows red hints and wears a thin beige head. Lactic chocolate paired with honey cough candies nose. Also has an understated minty presence. Taste is buttery, lightly tart and incredibly sweet, sugary in fact with hints of flour, butter, cacao powder. I had trouble finishing my ~100-125mL portion, I can’t imagine going through a whole bottle. Thin-medium bodied, powdery texture, light carbonation. Nope, this is bad stuff.
MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
Commercial chocolate shake powder dropped in a thin, barely malty breakfast bock...Bits of metal from the pan sticking to a childish chocolate cake...A philistine of a bock, certainly worth more because of its bottle than its actual content... kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Short lived beige head on a mohogany body. Chocolate aroma with some caramel, hints of roastiness & light toasty malt. Chocolatey flavor goes along with aroma, some vanilla, raisiny dark fruit, and a toasty malt aftertaste. Finish is malty and chocolate. Medium body, lower carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not worth the 15 bucks for the 25 oz bottle. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005 $4 dollar draught at Redbones. Much better than having to pay the exorbitant 16 dollars for the whole bottle. Dark brown body, mostly opaque with a small beige head. Aroma of ever so slight prunes, raisins and a hint of oily yeast, but mostly dominated by a rich milk chocolate. Flavor begins with possibly the best chocolate flavor I’ve ever tasted in a beer, smooth, rich, sweet and milky. Creamy body that dosent thin out. Wonderful chocolate beer. Ok, that being said, let’s talk about the rest of the beer. Hmm, not too much to talk about. It DOES have a bocky yeast to it, but it is so light and in the background, it is very hard to taste. I’m not picking up much if any roast. Just left with the bocky yeastiness that is barely perceptible, (but tastey). Some will call it subtle, I call it selling out to make this beer more drinkable to the general public. If I’m wrong, the fact still stands that this needs more than just chocolate.
igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2004
deep brown, clear, nice light brown head, mostly lasting. aroma is surprisingly not as chocolatey as i’d imagined, instead is mostly malt. flavor has a lot more bittersweet chocolatiness with a subtle chalkiness and an even more subtle roasty quality. moderate mouthfeel, nothing really stands out, not even the chocolate as much as you’d expect it to. not a bad beer at all, but not much return on the investment, relatively speaking. PorterPounder (7968) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2011 Rerate Mouthfeel much more textured this time around, flavor seems to be more prominent with some vanilla notes coming through - up a notch or two. Original 3.4 Picked up at Whole Foods in Austin, Tx. Beautiful bottle with the embossed label and all. Pours a dark ruby red to dark brown color with a thin, tight, off-white head. Faint aroma of bittersweet chocolate, not much else, expected more. Flavor has some chocolate notes of course, and I’m trying hard to pick up something else, but it just is not coming through. Mouthfeel is rather thin. Not a bad beer, just not at all complex, considering the price and the packaging. GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2004
nez:discret de caramel et legerement de cacaco.Couleur brun chocola.Gout:Le bon gout de malt sucre des bocks plus un tres gros gout cacao et de chocolat que les bocks habituel non pas.Mais je ne repayerais pas 14$ us pour la meme bouteille quand meme asser ordinaire. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Poured chocolate black with big bubbled tan head that faded quickly...smell is somehow strange...maybe a hint of cocoa, but there is something a little gross about it...feet and yeast or hops and raisins? Maybe it is past its date...says BB June 04...I wouldn’t think it would be bad though...taste is strange at first...my tongue feels like it got hit with something excessively carbonated...it got that numb feeling...but the beer is really just barely carbonated...thick mouthfeel and quite smooth...a little more thin than I would’ve liked...roasty sweetness with a definate dark chocolate flavors...finish is sticky, cloying and grassy...this was so tasty in my imagination...luxurious, velvety, sweet, bitter, thick, smooth...in reality the beer was none of these things...a disappointment. Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2004
11.06.04 C’MON COWBOY LIGHT YOUR FIRE! Had this with biznizness, zeppelinsoul, and tsarman for bizniz’s 100th beer. There’s no stopping now