worldleadr (56) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is good overall, but has a hint of burntness, or something otherwise unappetizing. SIt tastes slightly burnt, too, in its bitter sharpness. The aftertaste fades steadily, but resurges a few times. Good, hearty stuff.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark almost opaque but hints or ruby washewd light make it through. The head is minimal and spotty. Roasted malt choco-coffee, light citrus hop. Flavor is roasted malt throughout with a bit of hoppy bitterness up fron that gives way to a roasted malt bitterness towards the end. The palate kind of falls flat and overall the beer is good but just kind of there. I liked the porter better.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick black appearance, good head formation. Strong roasted malt aroma. Charred malty, coffee roast palate, dry and nutty in the finish with a fair citric hop bitterness.
TheBeerGod (5532) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2004 Pours just about pure black save for the dark brown edges. Small brown foamy head. Lovely aroma! Nice roasted malt nose with hints of coffee and milk chocolate. Some nuttiness as well. Just great! Taste is bittersweet with more roasted malt, some smoked wood, and cocoa. The palate is silky smooth and slides down easy. Bit oily as well. The remains are more bitter than expected and dominated by coffee. Finish was kind of a let down compared to the rest. Good beer, though.
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good dark color. Very roasty and quite well balanced. A little bit empty on the first taste but develops into a coffe like finish. Quite dry. I like the bitter tones.
I find it a little watery.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nice stout, roasted malt/coffee bean aroma and flavour, some dark chocolate. tasty, however the mouthfeel felt a bit empty, something was missing. Nice dry finish, and quite subtle.
ClarkVV (4158) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2005 2004 bottle. Dark black/brown color, not highly filtered, translucent it seems. Good charcoal/brown head. Aroma of bitter hops, lots of oily roasted barley and plenty of coffee notes. Flavor is dry, nutty (walnuts, hazlenuts) with a lot of roasted barley. So much so that it takes on a very oily texture. The hops are juicy and bold and add an almost sweetness to this beer. Coffee and hops on the finish, extra dry, medium body, not as watery as many dry stouts. Still, I just dont like the flavor overall, too dry.7/4/6/3/13
Rerate, late 2004 bottleToo much bitterness, moreso than I remember, and moreso than it needs. Dry hazelnut roast coffee, forced carbonation and not enough sweet malt character. Even though it’s a dry stout, a little sweetness is needed to offset the highly bitter, slightly metallic notes in this. Decent body, which it would showcase better if it werent for all of the prickly carbonation. 6/3/5/2/11
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black with a large tan head. This has a huge roasted covvee aroma. Very robust character. The first sip immeadiately hits you with coffee. Althouth it is secondary to the roasted coffee character, there is still a strong bitterness to this beer. As it warms there is a hint of sweetness but the beer still finishes dry.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
imperial stout tasting, march 04: not an imperial, but thanks to beerhugger for bringing this anyway. almost black, beige head. roasted malt, coffee aroma with hints of molasses and green apple. starts sweet with a bit of vanilla. roasty and coffee-ish. a fine stout.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, snifter. Average, creamy, light brown head is well lasting and sits on a deep black body. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt (M); flowery hops (L); date and charcoal aromas. Lightly sweet flavor becomes a lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. Medium-light body, watery texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: more of a sweet stout than dry...disappointingly thin.