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Review by smellysell on 10/30/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
62 2 5 12 5 7 2008
Appearance
Pours a very dark brown, with a dark tan, 2 finger head. The retention of the head is minimal, and I would say the lacing is average at best.

Smell
Ok, so obviously I was expecting a lot of chocolate throughout this beer, but this smells almost EXACTLY like Hershey’s syrup. I’m not talking a slight similarity here, but rather that if you were to smell a cup of Hershey’s blindfolded next to a glass of this, you’d have a hard time guessing which is which. There isn’t really much else going on as the chocolate overpowers everything.

Taste
I was caught way off guard when I took the first sip of this. There are actually some other things going on besides just chocolate. While the dominant flavor is very similar to a liquid Tootsie roll, there is also a bittersweet chocolate flavor in the finish that actually gives the chocolate some complexity in and of itself. A touch of vanilla peeks out through the chocolate at times also. There is also a slight alcohol bite, but I would never guess that it was 11%. While I was pleasantly surprised by the presence of a little complexity, the sweetness is overpowering to the point of being cloying and unpleasant.

Feel
This beer has a great body to it. It’s very smooth and velvety, with almost no carbonation. The thickness/heaviness of it leaves a thick coating on your palate.

Overall
While this was by far the most full flavored offering I’ve had to date from Southern Tier, I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it any more. The sweetness was just far too much for me. I have a few more ST offerings in the cellar that I’ll give a shot, but I definitely won’t be rushing out to track down anymore.

Served In: Pint Glass