SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thick, tan head. Highly roasted and bitter. A decent wack of hops at the end. Very dry. Not for me.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black coffee appearance with a small tan head. Strong bodied with lots of bitterness. Powerful smoky, burnt aromas. Assertively bitter finish. Very flavorful, robust and dark.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick dark brown with a tan head. Aroma was malty, sweet, and roasty. Coffee, dark chocolate, and mildy hopped. A good stout. Very drinkable.
Beaver (1327) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Out of Bounds poured a dark black with a smallish tan head that quickly went to a collar that laced the glass. It has a strong aroma of roasted malts, coffee and lots of semi-sweet chocolate. It is medium bodied and tastes of roasted malts and some chocolate up front with a very bitter, coffee-like, dry finish. Overall, a nice dry stout. The hops are very bold, but not quite over the top.
Crockett (1010) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Coca-cola pour. Mild roasty coffee/chocolate. Earthy sweet malts. Mild bitter. Hoppy, some grape. A little watery. Great flavours. Could be bolder.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cherry, chocolate nose, reddish/brown, a tiny beige head. Mild coffee taste, with some fruit flavour also. Creamy, soft, bitter almond finish. A very nice treat.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby-tinged black beer with a thin bubbly tan head. Roasted malts and smoky aromas lead to caramel and coffee tastes. Creamy finish - not bad.
radiomgb (2320) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown in colour. Aroma was roasty, nutty, mild coffee and some chocolate. The flavour had a nice coffee bitterness, some nuts, slight malt and roasty. Finish is smooth and slightly dry. Quite nice.
Oakes (12777) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burgundy-brown colour. Nutty, toasty, leafy, fruity aroma…lots going on…fun stuff, just like the Porter. Balanced body shows the same characteristics. None of them make a sharp impression but they are unusually charming in their vagueness, teasing the tongue rather than outright pleasuring it. Dry finish. Stylish.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark, black body with shades of ruby, purple and dark brown (90% opaque). Head is medium thick and oatmeal colored with a constant surfacing of bubbles. Smell is delicious, a toned down rendition of the Czar. It includes chocolate, rich malt, brown sugar, cinnamon and a tad bit of roasted hops. Taste is a little different than I anticipated; it starts sour and works its way to bitter. Sandwiched in the middle are sweet chocolate, heavy malt and mild hop flavors. Aftertaste is roasted barley (grains) and a little alcohol. Overall, the flavor seems middle of the road compared to other stouts and it suffers from a carbonated water presence on the palate, along with hops that don’t seem perfectly matched for this beer. Overall, a pretty good sample from Avery. Purchased in Roanoke, VA at Lee & Edwards.