Chocolate Stout
Reviewed by Jez on 12.07.09 on tap
Overall:
81 / 100
(Exceptional)

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse US Beer SpecTapular.

Pours a deep, almost opaque black brown, jus with hints of lightness at the corners - looks like melted chocolate with blackberry syrup. Head is thick, heavy and big. Delicious. Lacing sublime. Hell yes, this is a beer!

Delicious cocoa nibs on the nose, sweet and dusty and rich. That's it, you have to admit, but god it's good.

Nice huge roasty chiocolate character on the palate too. Not very sweet, but the roasted rich bittersweet character of true dark cocoa-rich chocolate. Even a light resin peeping through. Very good.

Mouthfeel very suitable: creamy and smooth. Not terrible thick, but very good.

A very smooth, drinkable and delectable beer. Thankyou Local Taphouse for bringing it to our shores. It was better on tap here than in bottles in the US.

appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.5
Chocolate Stout
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 09.07.09 on tap
Overall:
91 / 100
(Superb)
Pours a very imperial-level dark colour, with brown mocha head, slight tinge of brown at the very bottom of the tulip, but otherwise pitch black. Head retains to a medium crown and lacing is to die for. That is a fucking king Henry shit of a beer.

Nose is insanely chocolatey. I mean, that smells like cocoa, if I'm honest. It dominates quite comprehensively. There is a dustiness to it, or a dryness, that makes me feel like cocoa powder should be coming up my nose. Maybe a hint of bourbon as well, but what an amazing smell.

Taste is a strong, rich, bitter cocoa experience, hints of milky chocolate in the front, then a bitter, roasty cocoa character on the mid that extends its mechanical claws in my mouth to expand its deliciousness. I almost heard it say "Go go gadget chocolate deliciousness". There is a slight bitter roasty espresso character on the back and maybe even some hops, of all things? Hops in a beer?? That stop it from being too sweet. Instead it's just fuck hot delicious.

That is very, very, very nice. So well built. Full of flavour, just pleasant. Mouthfeel is slick, nicely full. Great and suits it so well.

I'm a big fan indeed. What a fantastic beer. I could drink that for the rest of my life.
appearance: 5.0 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drinkability: 5.0
Chocolate Stout
Reviewed by Jez on 04.06.09 in bottle
Overall:
80 / 100
(Excellent)

Pours a deep brown black, with a big head of milky chocolate foam. Lots of sturdy lacing, and the head retention is very good. If the head were just slightly creamier, it would be phenomenal, but it's pretty damn good as is.

Huge sweet cocoa characters on the nose, redolent with rich and heavy melted chocolate. Extremely sweet, almost a hint of fairy floss ramping up as well, but all with a delicate dusty grain note hanging around as well. Just plainly delicious as hell. Goddamn, what a insanely alluring nose.

On the palate, the dark grains come to the fore, with a rich roasted character, leavening to a light burnt cacao husk note. Light pepper mid-palate; finish is still rich and heavy - not a hint of dry or charred notes by the end. Mouthfeel is smooth, but it could be thicker and more coating.

A devilishly delicious chocolate stout. My only benchmark is Young's, which is a hard act to follow. I'm not convinced this is better, but it does a damn good job trying. Still, a very tasty brew, with tons of delicious chocolate character.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 5.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.0