CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Floral, hoppy aroma, with some soy. Pours a medium black with a full tan head. Pleasant roasted chocolatey flavor. The finish is warming and mellow, which hides the alcohol very well. This was very smooth, but somewhat out of style. Overall, very drinkable though.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very rich, intense aroma. This beer emphasizes hops more than malt complexity--it is very smooth and delicate like a milk chocolate drink. Well balanced. Hop bitterness at the end and this grows as the beer warms.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma delivers heavy notes of milk chocolate, espresso, whole grain bread and caramel. Lesser notes of roasted nuts and allspice.
This stout pours black and thick. Bright light reveals a crystal clear crimson hue. Medium sized, creamy, tan colored head with very good lacing. The head diminishes slowly and is almost fully lasting.
The flavor is a blend of all things dark; dark chocolate and a double espresso up front. Well balanced on the backside with hints of cherries, caramel, straw, moderately bitter hops and alcohol.
Full-bodied beer with a creamy mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. Long, dry, moderately bitter, acetic finish. Damp straw or hay at the wee end.
Everything a great stout should be.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2003 This may be stout perfection for me. Like the Rasputen I've been drinking but smoother. This tastes more like an oatmeal, but not as dry. It has coffee, and cocoa flavors with very little bitterness, and little alcahol apparent. I could drink a lot of these
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JAN 2, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, just off from motor oil. Slight tan head. Nice looking beer. Lots of hop notes in the mostly malt aroma - caramel, chocolate, citrus (tnagerine), little green apple aroma. Slight sweet start with a slight bitter finish with a touch of licorice. Good stuff.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good all-around stout. There was nothing spectacular that came from this beer, but it was a great drink.
legion242 (2089) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2002
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
WHOA- this one couldn’t live up to expectations- Black color; no head; nose was medicinal and bitter. Bland, unimpressive. Believe me, this suprised me as much as you.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mmmmm, this was a good stout. A local liquor store started getting beers from Bear Republic, so I jumped at the opportunity. Dark mahogany color, almost black, with a tan head that left good lacing. Aroma of chocolate and malt. Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt bitterness in the flavor. Amazing smooth, creamy mouthfeel (there must be oats in the recipe). Alcohol flavor emerged as the beer warmed, but not in a bad way. Overall, this was an outstanding stout.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - DEC 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chunky oily greasy tan head that covered the whole glass in laceing pouring black with touches of burnt crimson on the edges. Pleasent nose of bread, biscut, and a little melba sauce. Wonderfull full mouthfeel with out being overbearing. Stout flavors of coffee, chocolate with a lightly bitter roastieness on the back of the tongue. Long chewy finish. If it wasnt for the 8% (which is not apparent in the least)this would be an exellent session stout.
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, I was extremely impressed by this one. Northwest hop aroma initially, dissapated a little as the beer progressed. Extremely smooth. Many qualities of an imperial, in terms of flavor depth. plums, other dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, a bit of roastiness, but with an amazing smoothness. Extremely drinkable, and yet full of flavor. A stout of the highest quality. Thanks a ton to jcalabre for sending it to me here out on the prarie.