72 / 100
Dark cola colour, beige head almost tan. Dense and bubbly with decent retention. Decent lacing too. Not bad.
Smells roasty. Some coffee and spice, with nutmeg and star anise. Lots of cacao as well, cocoa nibs. Not bad; fairly standard.
Taste is oddly fruity at first, touch of raisin maybe. Gets chocolate, touch of smooth vanilla and some dark peppery spice late. Pretty sweet overall, with that vanilla and chocolate mix. Pretty smooth and nice, and like a good hot cocoa. But cold. And beer.
Smooth, seamless. Could actually use more texture to make its presence felt.
I warmed to this a lot. Sweet, milky stout. Pleasant drinking.
61 / 100
22oz bomber purchased from Spec's in Austin. Shared with Sam and Rich during a brewday.
Pours a deep brown-black colour, with an initially full head of mocha that settles down, losing volume and colour. It ends up as a filmy ring of beige that leaves faint specks of lace. Body has a bit of heft, which is good, although the carbonation runs through the body very quickly. Looks decent enough though.
Nose is a little dusty and nutty, without a big character of chocolate, to be honest. We're left with a small amount of praline, perhaps, but there's more of those toasted nut characters than what the bottle promises. It's okay, but it doesn't wow me.
Taste is a little better. Here, the stout character at least is coming through, which gives it a dusky dryness and a bit of roasted oomph. The back is slightly smoother, with a hint of something creamy—perhaps finally a hint of that promised chocolate. This lingers with a bit of liquorice and maybe even slightly fruity. It's decent.
Feel is pretty slick, but it's affected by a surprisingly high amount of carbonation.
Overall, this is solid, but pretty unassuming stuff. It doesn't really leap out at me in any significant way, but it is a solidly built beer. It could have been better though.