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Heavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout - Heavy Seas Beer

Heavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate StoutHeavy Seas - Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout

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BA SCORE
83
good

328 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%


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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 02-20-2010)
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jgran737

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark. Black. Beautiful mocha head.

S: Two smells: chocolate and bourbon.

T: A lot of chocolate up front that lingers for quite a bit. You have to really search for the vanilla and bourbon, but it's there.

M: Oily and thick just how it should be.

O: Pleasantly surprised by this. Not something I'd go out and search for, but it was tasty. I'm glad I picked this up.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 01:44:31 | More by jgran737
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a modest mocha head that leaves some splashy lacing

Smell: Chocolate forward with oak and vanilla elements

Taste: A lot of chocolate, up front, with with the oak and vanilla adding another aspect in the middle; the Bourbon is very subtle but blends in nicely in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Enjoyable to drink, nicely balanced but not a mind-blower; on the other hand, it is nice to taste these kind of flavors without a massively high ABV

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 23:35:20 | More by brentk56
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown/black as a stout should be. Lacking a creamy head, perhaps due ABV.
S: chocolate malt, with a little roasted nuttiness, almost get a little Reese's PB cup.
T/M: starts with a roast notes tending more towards coffee than chocolate, but more quickly than desired turns a little bitter, maybe even tart. Some cherry notes in that tartness, the chocolate tones are subdued in the background, but present. Alcohol is evident but not overpowering. The taste lingers in a mildly oily coating sense.
O: loved he smell, but it didn't match the taste. If the bitterness were less prevalent, I think I'd rate it close to half a point higher. This seems to be a factor of the alcohol, which didn't work with me on this tasting, but my expectations might have been better set. On the other side, I didn't notice much chocolate in the taste, either.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 03:58:07 | More by cjgiant
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into DFH signature glass (closest thing to the snifter I'd normally use on hand). Pours thick, oily black with a nice tan head that rises, fizzes, and fades to a thick puck of foam on top of the beer. Smell has notes of caramel, burnt sugar, toffee, vanilla, oak, and what might be bourbon but is probably just the alcohol melding with the sweet scents, but the overarching scent is sweet milk chocolate. I hope it doesn't taste as sweet as it smells, because it'll be a cloying mess if it does. [Turbid memories of ST Creme Brulee are resurfacing; I push them down and continue.] At first taste, I fear my prediction was true; it starts out with sweet milk chocolate, like a hershey bar, but quickly my worries are quelled as it moves into dark, bitter roasted malt and coffee. Not really any hint of bourbon in the flavor; nowhere on the bottle does it mention barrel-aging, and thus I'm pretty sure that entry in the Notes section of this beer belongs on the page for the BA version of this beer. Anyways, mouthfeel starts out pretty thick but seems to thin out a bit as it's swallowed. Overall not bad, but still a bit too sweet for my taste. It would be interesting to try the BA version sometime, maybe the flavors would be better balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 02:24:55 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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utopiajane

New York

3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured black, completely opaque and with a very thin head that fell immediately to a thin ring. Some lace. Nose is sweet, creamy chocolate. Coffee, roast and toffee malt. There was a brief hint of dark fruits but that disappeared fast. As it warmed there was a little toast, a lot of vanilla, a bit of cola and the alcohol crept in. First sip gave me a strong shot of something more vegetable than fruit, A cooked taste that I really didn’t like. Then the chocolate took over mid palate. It wants to be deeply sweet and creamy but the mouthfeel is thin and a little watery. There’s a lot of vanilla on the palate and a little cola too and the flavors don’t quite come together but remain separate. It’s without depth. There is some roast and some pretty oily bitter in the dry finish. There’s an oaky bourbon like quality and it even has a vinous aspect. The malt is weak and that is this beer’s downfall. It starts with a seductive nose but there’s that vegetal quality and then it’s not really full.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 14:08:58 | More by utopiajane
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in 2012

A- Pours a dark brown that settles into a near-black body. No transparency in this one, but not motor oil dark. Started with a big frothy mocha-colored head that leaves a thin layer of bubbles on top.

S- Chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, chocolate malt, not much roastiness.

T- The chocolate flavors are there up front, but the flavor fades quickly into some weak malt flavors in the middle. The end has a cocoa powder presence, but is not quite full-flavored either.

M- Surpisingly thin, medium carbonation, not the smoothness you would expect in an imperial stout.

O- Decent beer, but not great for the style. They revamped this one for 2013, so I will be interested to see if it improved.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 21:54:16 | More by stephenjmoore
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 edition poured from a 22oz bottle to a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a 1/2-finger tan head that settles fairly quickly
S: Smooth with coffee, cocoa, cream, dark malt, and just a kiss of bitterness
T: Coffee, vanilla cream, toffee, malt.
M: Medium to full bodied, smooth
O: I hadn't read the brewery's notes on the label before tasting this, but they match almost perfectly. It took me a bit to realize how much the bourbon barrel aging adds to the beer. I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 07:13:10 | More by ONUMello
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davey101

Connecticut

2.33/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2011 vintage, 22 oz bomber into a DFH signature glass. Opens with a very loud pop.

A - Pours a jet black body, Two fingers of light mocha foam with some pretty impressive lacing and retention. Stuff just clings on for dear life.

S - Oh no. Ohhhh no. Bittersweet chocolate, plastic, roasted malts, burnt coffee and some vegetal qualities. This is bad, real bad.

T - I'd rather not try this, but I must. Bitter chocolate fades into wet cigarettes, weird red fruits, and an underlying plasticy element. This isn't an infection, its just a beer that probably saw some less than ideal living conditions during its two year stay on the store shelf. I can't finish this. Ugh...mouthfeel is medium and coating and lasts for a long time, which does NOT help.

O - Chock it up to a bottle past its prime, but this is just undrinkable. BA Siren Noire was a bit average but a hell of a bargain. I was hoping that the base beer would be similar. Note to self, buy this beer fresh.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 02:41:09 | More by davey101
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three finger tan head with excellent lacing on a jet black body. Aroma of dark chocolate earthy hops, run, oak and hint if espresso. Flavor has lots of dark chocolate, oak, whiskey, hint of roasted malt, earthy hops and burnt caramel. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Full flavored and complex. One if the better brews from this brewery. Well balanced with jus the right amount of chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 02:51:42 | More by kylehay2004
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Maltmaiden

Alabama

3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black with no light coming through. thin head that sticks around till the end. good amt of carbonation bubbles.

S: roasted malts. Metallic phenols and quite a bit of alcohol. Dark chocolate. Not a very complex bouquet. Could do without such strong alcohol.

T: Wow! A lot sweeter and chocolatier (more like milk chocolate) than I was expecting after the smell. Roasted but not bitter malts. Some alcohol but not nearly what the smell suggested. Good amt of bourbon to it. Not overkill. very well balanced. Seems like there is lactose in it?...

M: Very smooth and thick. The mouthfeel in combination with the taste really make me think I'm having a really strong milk stout. Very light aftertaste.

O: I was disappointed with the smell and worried that I was going to be drinking liquid nickel mixed with alcohol but the taste was great. Would love to have a chance to have it on tap!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 04:42:21 | More by Maltmaiden
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MadScientist

New York

4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: black with a deep garnet showing on the edge. The persistent head is a half finger of medium-brown, compact bubbles.

S: It smells like brownies with a shot of chocolate liqueur and a splash of Bourbon. There is a moderate malt sweetness with moderate coffee and roast. A moderately-strong chocolate aroma is complemented and given depth from a moderate vanilla that the oak barrel brought to the party. A s

T: A blend of moderately-strong chocolate and bourbon flavors with a moderate oak barrel character that brings a vanilla flavor. A moderate hops bitterness and not much in the way of hops flavor maybe just a touch of citrus hops flavor. Moderately-strong malt sweetness making for a balance that is slightly towards the sweet. The finish is medium with an aftertaste of chocolate and roasted malt flavors with some hops bitterness.

M: A smooth, somewhat cream medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a light bit of alcohol warmth.

O: A well balanced beer where the three primary flavors of roasty Imperial Stout, chocolate and bourbon barrel aging complement each other. The smell has a lot of depth and complexity and is really impressive.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 02:04:22 | More by MadScientist
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bensbeers

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a dogfish head snifter. A deep velvet black; as dark as night with a head the color of espresso; not too thick, but it lingered long enough. Nose is mostly chocolatey and boozy; a hint of coffee beans and dried fruits-cherries, apricots. Taste follows the nose - mostly boozy and chocolatey; flavors are a bit overpowering; wish I was able to taste more of the fundamental elements of the beer - roasted malts, yeast, bitterness of hops. Mouthfeel wasn't too bad; mediumish body with a nice finish; for as boozy as it was, it didn't linger too long.

Heavy seas has done better. I think they tried too hard on this one, and it just didn't work out. I wish there was a stronger malt profile. It was present, but totally overpowered by the sweet taste of chocolate. Worth trying, but don't recommend if you're trying to impress someone. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 04:21:48 | More by bensbeers
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversize wine glass. The label is different than the one pictured on this site, and so is the abv (9.5) . This is part of the 2013 uncharted series, and if I find an alternate listing I'll move this review to that one. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- pours an opaque black body with a 1" mocha head that reduces quickly and leaves some uniform lacing.

S- I get chocolate covered raisins and coffee beans, with some slight vanilla bourbon in the background. Subtle aroma

T- Huge vanilla notes upfront, progresses into cocoa, dark chocolate, and a nice roasty flavor that stays on the tongue for a bit. The bourbon flavor is minimal, so -.25 for that. slight booze

M- thick and robust, just how I like a good imperial stout. Medium carbonation

I really enjoyed this brew - not much bourbon character, but rating it as an imperial stout it's pretty impressive.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 23:47:36 | More by gcamparone
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oline73

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a half finger of tan head that goes away quickly. Smell is slightly sweet with a hint of chocolate. The taste is smooth enough with lots of roast backed up by a sweetness. Mild bourbon note. The finish is roasty but the sweetness goes away.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 23:14:27 | More by oline73
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ckollias

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thick tan-brown 2-finger head that slowly dissipates leaving a partial trail down the glass and ending in a solid lace.

S: Strong chocolate malty aroma. Toasted malt and caramel present in the background.

T: Dark rich chocolate ale flavor that is very sweet with a with a roasted malt background. Some mild coffee tones but mostly chocolate.

M: Very strong and boozy. Very Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid imperial chocolate stout. A nice sipping beer @ 8 % alcohol by volume.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 00:07:23 | More by ckollias
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light tan bubbly foam, four fingers rapidly decaying to oil slick with snap-crackle-pop. No lace. Black body with ruby highlights.

Rich deep chocolate aroma is overpowering and inviting.

Taste begins with a quick dollop of Hershey syrup. Quickly, too quickly, followed by deep roast coffee, more roast than coffee, which wipes away the chocolate. Earthy hop bite at he swallow leads to a tingle in he afterglow.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full, but a bit thin compared to others of style.

Not bad, but not bad is not good enough in a style that brings expectations of greatness.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 04:23:59 | More by RonfromJersey
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a crystal mug, tha almost black beer only produced a faint brown bubbly head, which dissipated immediately with little lacing.
The smell was of dark chocolate and cherry.
Tasting the beer I expected more complexity. There was an astringent flavor throughout the tasting, that I did not like.
Not my favorite from this usually great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 00:54:08 | More by Hopfenpeter
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Beer_Runner


4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No enjoy by date; but, this is an 8% beer. I have had it for two months, I don't know how long it sat on the shelf before I purchased it.
Slow pour into a standard pint glass.

A: There is no head. The brew is a very dark brown and opaque. This is a very dark beer.

S: The aroma is strong chocolate and sweet malt of maybe sugar and honey. There is also a fruit aroma of sweet cherry and dried fruit of prunes, currants, and raisins.

M: The body is on the heavier side of medium. It is not as heavy as the dark color would imply. There is just a little bit of carbonation.

T: Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Lots of chocolate. The is also plenty of fruit flavor of some cherry, and other dried fruits of prunes, currants, and raisins.

O: This is a really good chocolate stout; and, it would be a very good desert beer. The alcohal heat is completely hidden. This is a great blend of chocolate and fruit flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 21:32:13 | More by Beer_Runner
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is a one trick pony for sure, but it's a tastey one trick-chocolate. Smells of dark chocolate, the taste is much the same. Just enough bitterness from the beer to offset the sweetness of the chocolate, kind of like semi sweet dark chocolate. It would be nice if the chocolate did not dominate as much, maybe giving the brew a little more complexity. But i know what to expect and i buy one when it comes out each year, and when i'm in the right mood for a nice dessert type beer, this one sure hits the spot nicely.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 14:14:57 | More by AngusOg
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A real fizzy sounding head is made off the pour which has very little creamy togetherness, and dissolves fairly quickly, light cocoa brown in color. Body hits with a dark brown walnut with some see through red edges around, kind of almost resembles cola.

Nose is powdered milk chocolate, sort of a whoppers candy action with a malt backbone. Hints of sticky toffee and brown sugar. Very nice, kind of a different chocolate angle, might not be everyones cup of tea but I am not minding. I picture this sticking to my teeth.

Palate hits with a very wet body for an imperial, and some noticeable carbonation. Fizzy texture. Chocolate is a nice mellow bitter with some faint roast character. Hint of sweetness doesn't seem to come through on the palate. Finish reminds more of a drip coffee aftertaste and a little fleeting.

Overall it's not bad, but I expected more from what the nose hinted at.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 22:36:31 | More by smakawhat
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pvo

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle. Thin head, lots of carbonation. I want to like it, but the alcohol comes through too much for an 8% beer, and it doesn't have nearly as much depth as most of their beers- this is a perfectly good imperial chocolate stout, and that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 22:24:08 | More by pvo
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thechaser

New York

2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into white wine glass.

Very dark ruby red, almost black. Tan thin head. Thin appearance.

Nose is straight up dark chocolate dominance. Slightly boozy and roasted dark malted barley.

Taste very similar to nose. Yet a bit more dark fruit, raisin, but not much. Too much carbonation for the style.

Overall this beer is slightly below average for this style for me. I was actually expecting much more out of it but I was led to an over carbonated, dark chocolate dominate stout. It had potential but didn't deliver.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 00:38:27 | More by thechaser
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep black with some garnet hues and a one inch beige head. The head settles rather quickly and leaves behind only a few small patches of lacing.

S: Robust chocolatey scents of milk chocolate, black cocoa powder, and chocolate syrup. Roasted malts add mocha-like aromas of their own. Faint raspberry and plum within all this. A chocolate bomb.

T: Milk chocolate on the attack, distinct black cocoa powder follows. Very subtle hint of acidity and tart fruit. Touch of oily, green, leafy hop tastes. Smokey roasted malt tastes assert themselves toward the finish. Lingering finish consists of a heavy dose of black cocoa powder.

M: Medium bodied, full, creamy, and silky in the mouth. Sharp carbonation.

O: Chocolate flavors are not as layered and complex as they were on the nose. The cocoa powder tastes are pretty intense and overpowering. The beer itself doesn't get to shine through as much as I'd like. A decent beer, but it just doesn't feel as cohesive as some of the better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 05:17:11 | More by ryan1788a5
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A bit light for an imperial stout it kind of reminds me of Peg Leg since it has a bit of ruby hue at the base and it's a bit thin. Head is also minimal with only a 1/4 inch of mocha head that quickly turns to a light lace ring. Sticky though.

S - My gawd this smells of chocolate like fudgey chocolate also reminds me of the Belgium chocolate qualities of ST Chocolat. Sweet, Sweet dessert beer!

T - Definitely not as sweet as expected but that makes it more drinkable and more beer like. Sweet melted Belgium Chocolate but not overly sweet with mild roasts and a bit of hops in the finish. Pretty sweet beer.

M - Medium bodied it's not as thick as most imperial stouts but thats not a bad thing.

Overall I went into this expecting some level of Chocolat from Southern Tier and smell confirmed its chocolate strong and sweet. Taste is more beer like but still very sweet with a good body. Not bad just not worth a repeat visit for 8 bucks a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 03:27:13 | More by DrDemento456
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Consumed blind.

A: Pours a deep brown color with a one finger mocha colored head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Lots of milk chocolate and cocoa, can't recall a beer smelling more like chocolate in a very long time. Not much else comes through, as the chocolate dominates.

T: Similarly chocolate heavy, very creamy. Just chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate.

M: Maybe a touch on the thin side, moderate carbonation.

O: A definite surprise, pretty good. A little one dimensional, but its chocolate, so it doesn't really bother me. Would pair well with dessert.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 21:53:51 | More by mdaschaf
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