rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 650ml bottle into a snifter. There is no freshness date or born on date on the bottle.
Appearance: Its body has a very dark brown/black color that blocks out all light. The head on top is thick and foamy with a creamy tan color. It hangs on well as it slowly fades down to thin wispy layer that leaves behind some slick lacing.
Smell: The aroma has a big sweet and creamy chocolate and roasted grain scent with a hint of dark roasted coffee. Also there is very noticeable boozy alcohol presence.
Taste/Mouth: The flavor has a big bold and boozy character. It has sweet roasted malts with loads sweet milk chocolate, warming alcohol and a slow finish of dark coffee with cream. The finish also has just a light hint of hop bitterness as well. The palate has a big full body with a velvety smooth texture and active yet smooth carbonation.
Notes: This is a huge beer with big bold flavor and hefty 11%abv.
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2009
Bottle. Tasty, but too sweet for me, I much prefer the ST Jah-va. Pours black with minimal head. Aroma of big chocolate some mild coffee. Taste of more big chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Finish has a shot of bitter chocolate ending smooth. carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2009
on tap at brouwers. Super strong mocah chocoate aroma followed by a just slight bitterness. Super smooth. Delicious. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2009
(22oz bomber, thanks to bu11zeye) Pours a dark espresso brown, nice bubbles. Nose is milk chocolate. Taste is slightly too sweet, but a small complaint really. This beer is a malt head’s dream (which I am) and I absolutely loved it. Almost nothing wrong with this one. Reminds me of Hershey’s chocolate syrup but carbonated. Hangover (1134) - oxford, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Black pour with a thin tan head. This one has a HUGE milk chocoalte and cocoa aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Again, a HUGE chocoalte flavor with a bit of vanilla and boozy warmth. With so much chocolate i figured it to be bitter, but it has a nice, smooth finish. This beer is simply excellent.
fiulijn (20427) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
Bottle at På Besök, MalmöMullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Total black; big creamy head. It has an unmistakeable chocolate aroma, like entering a chocolate and candy shop, even if the tendency to the vanilla is not thrilling for me; also, coffee liquor (alcohol). The body is very strong, well structured, powerful, with traces of alcohol, immediately tickling the tongue and warm; excellent chocolate flavor that overwhelms everything else (caramel and traces of roasted malt); there is some residual sugar; the final is powerful but possibly balanced. Very well constructed and extremely pleasant.
blackish body with a tall and bubbly dark tan creamy head. aroma is chocolate malt, chocolate milkshake, tootsie rolls, and a little vanilla too. Flavor is very similar, starts with chocolate/rummy caramel malt, then more toostie roll, cocoa sifted with confectionate sugar, madagascar bourbon vanilla, and just a little bourbon-like heat to make it nippy and warm. the alcohol is hidden a bit but present to make it work well with the profile. glad the weather is cool tonight for a heavy beer like this. I have a bias towards this sort of style. Radek Kliber (7320) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 7, 2009
On tap at The Ginger Man carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Appearance: dark brown with fine creamy top , handsome look.
Nose: chocolate , creamy milk, roasted coffee , light hint of alcohol. Plenty of chocolate … 7+
Flavor/Palate : Full bodied. Creamy chocolate character , mild , smooth , velvet like texture with short dry alcoholic top. Neat ale with good chocolate like side. Gourmet ale.15-/20
22oz. pours black with tan head. aroma is very mild with cocoa, vanilla, and a hint of coffee. mouthful is smack full of good things. it starts with a sweet chocolate vibe then is taken over by the coffee and hop bitterness. the finish lingers with a nice bitterness. starbucks should add this to their menu... a real coffee bar! BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Bottled provide by Kevin I believe for our little post MiBGF tasting:
Nearly opaque with a small lasting tan head and very good lace. The aroma is the expected chocolate, vanilla, coffee, burnt sugar, roasted and charred malts and a touch of plum. The taste starts chocolaty sweet but the coffee and hop bitterness rounds out the palate and prevents this from completely becoming a cloy mess like ST Creme Brulle or ST Choklat. Still it is a tad too sweet for my liking. Some notes of mint, herbs and minerals pop in and out upon the palate as well. The mouth feel is lush and soft, a touch astringent. That said a solid brew that could have used a bit more coffee influence if you ask me. Not as good as ST Oat or ST Jah-va but better than the two mentioned above.