stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like this one, probably my favorite stout besides Old Rasputin. Nice creamy body, with reserved use of roasted barley. Chocolatey flavor, balanced by gentle hops flavor and bitterness. Great sweet stout.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF '03 Black in color with a nice brown head.Roasted malt aroma, and flavor.Mild bittersweet charcater.
CapFlu (4493) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(650ml bottle) Dark brown body and a almonde head. Watered-down St. Ambroise Oatmeal nose. Smokey and deep malt taste. Good! Thanks Luc.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2006 A roasty discharge accompanies the chocolate cookies...Burnt notes furnish the palate appropriately as a fruitiness establishes itself for the long run...It is too carbonated and too lean for mu likings in stout, making the palate not that comfortable...Roastiness comes to ashes, as fruitiness finishes the sip...Fondness is inevitable for a well-made stout, but in this case I know I can find a much more satisfying example of the same style...
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown black colour with average head. Bit of hops to it. Not a bad stout.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, with a small head. Aroma of malts and oats, with a touch of roastiness. Flavors are very similar to the aroma, malty and slightly sweet oats with a touch of roasted barley.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smokey, malty oatmeal stout with some oat flavor evident. Nice stout appearance and an overall quality if not complex flavor. Some very mild bitterness from the hops and the body is slightly weaker than anticipated. Nice but not the best.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Near black with a small dark tan head. Nice creamy rich look with a very god lace. Aroma is smoke and malt with a hint of bitter maybe dark chocolate or coffee. Toasted malt with a heavy smokey flavor, a little hop flavor mixed in there somewhere, bitterness is mild and come at the end. Over all good, but a little 1 dimensional.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black body, thin brown head, roasted aroma with hints of sweet fruit, dry roasted mocha flavor, a little bit of a hop finish. In the Mendocino Battle of the Stouts, The Bear with Antlers defeats the Black Hawk in a knock out.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black color with a thick brown head. Roasty aroma that becomes increasingly malty as it warms. Roasty mild bittersweet chocolate flavor. Slightly spicy finish.