orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2013
A - Pours deep brown with a small half finger tall tan head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving small trails of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of an abundant amount of bittersweet cocoa powder, vanilla beans, a touch of spice and plenty of dark roasted barley. Based on how much cocoa and vanilla they added to this one the nose is pretty spot on.
T - Starts off with a big bittersweet chocolate kick that lasts through the finish. Some vanilla, dark roast, lactic sweetness and some light chalkiness round things out but the chocolate dominates from start to finish. Very little, if any, booze is present in this one.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bittersweet, chalky feel from all that cocoa lasts throughout. It could use a bit more body, it goes a little thin toward the end of the glass.
O - This is one chocolate heavy stout. Compared to #27 and #41 it falls short but on its own it is pretty good. I wish they had bottled this one, I would love to see how it develops once some of that cocoa powder taste / feel dies down a bit. Get it while you can.