grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2007 Beautiful mahoghany brown with fine, swirling light tan lacing. Complex malt aromas and flavors (lots of raisins, dates, walnuts and milk chocolate), and these complexities are accentuated by a very balanced sweetness. Some roastiness makes a showing towards the end of the sip. Excellent overall, with a finish that is somehow both dry and pleasantly sweet.
ProstmanSux (102) - Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tastes great. Thick and black in the glass. Thick and it went down smooth as silk.
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 This one rates in the "classic" pages in my book. They have the history and knowledge to do it right and they do. Please sir, may I have another?
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark ruby with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma is huge, with sweet malts, fruit, and a little roasted malt, too. Flavor was equally big - raisin, brown sugar, molasses, and hints of chocolate. Feels really full in the mouth, and the flavor sticks around for a while, too.
guzzler (76) - AE, GERMANY - DEC 3, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent. Roasted malt aroma with hints of nut. Sweet molasses flavor.
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice and malty and great feeling in the mouth. sweet... very good you have to try it.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very malty with a nice tang, Many different tastes swilled about my mouth. I detected hints of raisens, brown sugar, nuts, and browned peaches all topped off by plenty of malt.
fraternie (824) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2003 I concur. This one really knocked my socks off. Almost perfect--explosion of flavors, chocolate, fruit, roasted and rich. The finish drys out a bit, but a world class beer overall.
rapkungen (19) - USA - NOV 27, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An outstanding brew
Frank (2888) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2005 Strong and malty. Initial sweet molasses flavor gives way to a wonderfully complex middle with hints of nuts, raisins, caramel, and dark chocolate. Rich mouthfeel with a touch of warmth from the alcohol in the throat. Finishes clean with a good dose of hops. Deep, almost-black ruby color and appetizing tan head. An exceptional beer by any standard. Comes with a cool goat keychain thing for no apparent reason.