geologyguy (1604) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Dark malt/ raisiny smell to it, quite dark, taste is smooth and malty...front end a little sweet, with a touch of coffee and tiny bit of bitterness on finish...smooth and good! Medium complexity bpar73 (1118) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma and taste is dark chocolate with a fruity note. Semi-sweet chocolate in the finish. frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Thick pour producing a fast-fading tan head over a deep, ruby-brown body. Aroma is sweet and chocolaty, with a hint of fruit and vanilla, like whiffing a scoop of Neapolitan ice cream. I can’t say I dislike that. Sweet, thick and smooth on the tongue, slight tingle of carbonation. Rich chocolate flavor with milder notes of cherries and vanilla. Sweet? Yes... but tempered by the bitterness of toasted grains. This would be totally decadent if a tad heavier, but it’s a sweet treat if you plan on drinking more than one beer on a chilly evening. (**This version [Best By: May 2016] states on the neck label that the chocolate is from Ecuador, not Ghana as in the above deScription.) ~~~~ From a Sam Adams 12 Pk. of "Winter Classics", received as a gift. Weevo (175) - Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle, pours black with medium tan head. Chocolate to the nose and palette with a little vanilla on the end and some carbonation. Good beer.
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Very fun beer but there are lots of chocolate beers out there and this one while good is forgettable
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Dacrza (980) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2016
DATE TASTED: January 21, 2016... GLASSWARE:Celebrator Doppelbock pokal... OCCASION: Cavs/Clippers on a Thursday... APPEARANCE: velvet black body wihth a brown head that rings out to an uneven smear; tracings are coral and fingers... AROMA: heavy chocolate beans are empowered by heavy toasted malts... vanilla and bread make this a beer worth breathing in over and over... PALATE: medium-bodied, enjoyable start with a smooth texture over the tongue... the finish is equally agreeable, smooth and lingering in its flavor... TASTE: toasted malts and cocoa beans, with vanilla, some vegetable notes, and peat--the overriding flavors agree with one another to a lactic consistency; among the better chocolate beers I have had... OVERALL: I recall sipping this with brother Jer in Morristown at the St. Patrick’s Day parade--and loving it....now, having it again, the drinkability is its most respectable quality, the flavor, its second--a quality pair, indeed...best compliment I can give is that it belongs in this Ayinger Celebrator glass... veggieBen (11) - Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2016
This beer had the perfect color of a chocolate stout but not its thickness. My flashlight cut through it leaving a bright red glow. Smelled amazing. A deep earthy aroma with hints of chocolate malts and vanilla with a whiff of booze really set the stage for this beer. A delicate balance of sweet and a light bitter after effect. There is no taste of chocolate at all.Very light bodied with a slight fizz effect when you drink.
jredmond (8285) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle at the Vuongs courtesy of Vi. Pours a brown body with thin lacing. Notes of vanilla, earthy spice, cocoa, sweet brown sugar, nuts, raisins and dark malt. eRock_2013 (471) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Well this is one of the better chocolate-infused winter beers I've sampled, features a more natural chocolate bean flavor that does not overwhelm the underlying chocolate and caramel malt flavors. Subtle red fruit flavors as befitting a bock, also a slight vanilla note contrasting with the chocolatiness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, some creaminess. Well done and better than most other chocolate beers that tend towards a more artificial or overpowering chocolate flavor. BierMeHoos (587) - Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2015
12 oz bottle from Winter Classic Variety pack, thanks Garrett. Served in a tulip glass, appearance is a dense but thin off white head, and the beer is very dark in color, if not black. Aroma is weak, but some faint cocoa. Taste is malts and is sweet with a touch of bitterness, some notes of chocolate. Palate is medium bodied beer with light carbonation. Overall, nice for the style and a perfect beer for the season.