Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is really elusive as I canít quite put my finger on it...
Pours a pitch-black with a decent head which leaves an okay lace.
Scent is of coffee and roasted malts.
Taste is coffee, foremost, with toffee/caramel sweetness, dark fruits, and a faint hint of chocolate.
Palate is medium with a nice minearal feel to it. Overall this is pretty solid for the style and definately worth checking out.
IndianaRed (2471) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 11, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2004 Bottle Pours extremely dark, with a very dark tan head that is thick and creamy.Let this warm up a tad before pouring, 54F. Aroma is a very nice rich chocloate, coffee, charcoal and a little sweetness, brown sugar maybe. Flavors are pretty much as amove. The coffee and charcoal coming though more than the others. Mouth feel is smooth and buttery. .Letting it warm up a bit helped here Iím sure. Very low carbonation and very little hopps character. Slightly burnt lingering trailer. Delicious.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Black with a juicy brown, dense head. Lovely ashy, chocolate flavour with offshoots of vanilla and espresso which, sadly, arenít as long as one would like. [London gathering: Spiesy, Duff, chris_o, Marty-D and SilkTork]
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer #13 at Spiesyís. Not dissimilar to the Smuttynose Robust Porter tasted just before. If anything the coffee aroma was even more powerful. Coffee flavour too. The coffee in this one was creamier than the espresso character of the Smuttynose. Soft, smooth and sweetish. Not at all bad.
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Spiesyís gaff. Coffee aroma. Blandish coffee tinged with vanilla. Creamy texture. Pleasant and flavoursome but lacking character other than the chocolate.
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured black with a very little head that didnít last. aroma molasses, chocolate, malts, alcohol,hints of cofee. flavor malts, dark fruits, raisins, molasses, cherry. not like other oatmeals I have had not bad.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a syrupy dark brown, settling into a dark black mass topped with a creamy head. Notes of maple syrup, bakers chocolate, and a touch of roasty malt in the nose with a touch of hop spice. Full bodied and sticky. Loads of malty sweetness offset by flavors of coffee and other roastiness. Long, warm finish. A nice example of the style. Easy to drink more than one of these in a sitting.
SpringsLicker (3145) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful thick head of off white on a black body. Roast coffee malt aroma that improves greatly as it warms. Nice balance of roasty bitterness and sweet malt. Lacks a little in body, but makes it up with an exceptionally smooth brew over the tongue. Very drinkable Stout.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2004 Bottle. Really liked this one. Heaps of flavour. Malts are porridgey, cooky-ish, roasted, sweetish to start, finishes bitter and slightly off-dry, long finish, tasty stout. Re-rate:Didn't like it as much this time, not as much flavour as i remembered the first time round.
DanielBrown (3819) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle purchased from Beverages and More, San Diego, whilst on holiday. Brandy aroma, inky colouring and a small, brown head. Silky and clean on the tongue, like nougat. Becomes more grainy and stromg tasting down the throat, with a coffee bitterness. A balanced Stout.