YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
uuuuuh - what a treat - Chocolate - smoked nose. Huge head on that hazelnut brown-black colored brew, leaving brussels laces on the glass. Smokey taste, with 100%-like chocolate taste-bitter with tabacco finish. Lingers down smoothly - Thanks JoeVee for sharing with me!!!
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours moderately thick with a large brown head that lasts, some lacing. Nose of mocha, berries, and cinnamon. Front is creamy chocolate malts and coffee accompanied by caramel and toffee. Finish is bitter "burnt" roasted malts and a taste of hops with alcohol warmness present. Palate is creamy yet the mouth feel is light. Not the most imperial of this particular style of stout, but an exceptionally wonderful example, certainly fairly complex.
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer promised much - a black colour with a full, roasted and butterscotch nose. However, on tasting I found that it was a bit thin and one-dimensional, with little roastiness and too much sweet caramel toffeeness that overwhelmed the flavour. By the end I was a bit bored of it. (Bottle from Alex Hall, NYC)
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick velvety tan head and ruddy black body. Nice aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, hops, citrus, and some rum raisin. Lots of creamy malt, woody/piney hops, nice bitterness and some sourness as well. I love a hoppy stout and this is one. Thanks loweredsixth.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque black with a nice tan head. Aroma of good coffee and dark chocolate. Full body. Creamy. Flavor caputures the essence of a good stout. Coffee and chocolate and molasses and just plain great for the taste buds. Great stout.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black as night with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts and anise. Flavour is a coffee and dark chocolate, slightly salty. Great blend of malt flavours with a dry finish.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a frothy long lasting tan head, good lacing and wow lots of hops in the nose with some underlying nose. The taste is very hoppy but not overdone by any means. The alcohol is present in the mouth.
VAYankee (336) - Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black body with a dense light brown head. Aroma is strong and alluring - a sweet chocolate, robust roast maltiness, and a bit of coffee. Flavor is roasted malt, lightly sweet, lightly chocolate, creamy. Nice dry, roasty aftertaste.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark brown/black, thick tan head, rich roasted malt aroma, nuts, coffee, and some chocolate, light fruitiness, nice leafy hoppiness as well, bitter and burnt; rich and creamy, bitter and very strong, rich roasted malt, coffee, fruit, chocolate, and nuts permeate the background, winey - maybe some alcohol as well, bitter leafy hops round out the taste
1more4dessert (334) - Upstate, New York, USA - APR 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
definately ursa major stout
dark black bear with tan head, terrific body, molasses, terrific balance