tgncc (3132) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2013
The aroma is chocolate, caramel. The appearance is deep amber, translucent, off-white head. The flavor is less sweet, chcolate, caramel, toasted malts. The finish is bitter, noble hops, metal. Medium/thin in body, watery. Not good, not bad. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Part of the Saranac 12 Beers of Winter variety pack - $13.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
HighlanderOne (1328) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2012
"BB MAR 31 2013"
Appearance: Pours a clear, light amber-hued body with a foaming, barely off-white head.
Smell: Well-toasted malts, though not overly effusive, given a sprinkling of cocoa powder. Very, very vague hop note lingering in there.
Taste: A start of toasty German malts, a scant nuttiness (also toasty), then some sweetness and, at last, some of the namesake chocolate coming through. A drop of apple now and then. Scant herbal-hinting hops with only a bit of bitterness. Body lightens and it closes out nearly dry, which is nice surprise.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: It’s okay! Really, I’m just pleased it’s not obnoxiously sweet or eye-rollingly artificial tasting.
Poured from bottle. Aroma of malt, grass and Nestlé Quik mix. Nice lookin mahogany with tan head. Flavor is a odd combo of lager hops and Whoppers. But somehow it works. Dry, crisp feel and mellow finish. Unique and quite good. Ratman197 (14826) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle poured a clear orange amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of cocoa, carmel and light bread. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of cocoa and light carmel with a crisp cocoa finish. rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Pours a clear coppery orange with a little over a one finger off-white head. Pretty good lacing and head retention.
Chocolate is definitely present in the aroma but in a more subdued way than what I was expecting. A huge caramel base with hints of toast and a fleeting brush of grassy noble hops. Not bad.
The flavor again has just subtle hints of chocolate. Really tastes like a Vienna lager base with some chocolate thrown in although they compliment each other nicely. Toast and caramel undertones with some cocoa. I can barely detect some grassy hops buried underneath and bitterness is light to moderate. Watery mouthfeel with a little sticky finish.
Overall, an all around average beer and I really with the chocolate was a little more pronounced. Not quite as good as Sam Adams chocolate bock but non-offensive nonetheless.
drjay44 (3708) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thick, rapidly collapsing, but retained at the end, ivory head, with extensive lacing, over a clear, medium amber (SRM 12) body......nose is cereal malts, with light cocoa, chocolate, toffee/caramel hints.....taste is light cereal, light roasted malts, heavy cocoa, chocolate tones, light toffee/caramel hints, finishing with a light, dry bitterness....mouth feel light of medium, carbonation high. This is reminiscent of a Vienna Lager, with the addition of heavy cocoa, chocolate tones. BJCP 7/3/13/4/7 nearbeer (5414) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2012
12 oz. Clear orange-copper with a half inch of foam. Mild nose of molasses and dry grass, with maybe a hint of cocoa. Taste is molasses, toasted pecan, a touch of dry cocoa, lightly tart apple, dry grass and wood. Medium body is sweet but finishes crisp, and is a smooth drinker with low carbonation. Nice Vienna style lager, with the light dose of cocoa nibs supporting rather than overtaking the whole brew. Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Dark pour, smells a bit malty and faint hops.
Tastes soapy. Some cocoa hoppiness. Watery. Kinda weird. blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle poured an orange amber color with a thin cap of off white head. Aroma has chocolate malt, light hops, and some grain. Mouth feel is medium light and there’s average carbonation. Flavor brings out more chocolate, light hop bitterness, pilsner malt, and a lingering finish. Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. It pours a clear red color with a small, off white head. Slightly vegetal nose with notes of rubbing alcohol and a touch of chocolate. The flavor is a mix of dull, stale cocoa powder and shitty malt liquor. The flavor hangs around far longer than you want too. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Just not very good.