Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black body, brown head. Heavy spices, toffee, malt and chocolate aroma with a little alcohol present. Full-bodied flavor - roasted malt, hops, raisins, chocolate, coffee and some citrusy sourness. Dark and flavorful. Thanks to Denton (Jokes) for the trade!
thetrifecta (29) - Bell’s country, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2007 So syrupy and rich that it sticks to the side of the glass like honey. Dark, malty and roasted with virtually no head. Pours like motor oil, but tastes great. So meaty that it’s not drinkable as a casual beer, but great once in a while.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark and headless. Nose is alcohol, roasty, coffee. Flavour is anise and salty. Better than Batch 5000 but still not very drinkable.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours oily black, black, midnight black. Head is dark tan and only an eighth of an inch thick.
Smells nutty, chocolately, sugary, and loads of it.
Definitely has nutty roasted malt flavors but also has strong sweet dark chocolate flavors present thoughout as well as some coffee.
Mouth feel is chewy, smooth, slick, chewy, outstanding.
ABV is somewhat masked at first but becomes more and more apparent as it goes down. That hurts the drinkability as does the sheer magnitude of this beer makes it too much to do a lot
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2006 Batch 6811 (5/26/05) enjoyed Sept 30 ’06 - Almost a year and a half in the bottle and this is a deeply complex bourbon hinted dream. The standard of all all stouts.
2004 (Batch ~6100) Best batch I’ve had so far. Palate is absolutely perfect- thick and oily. Sweet tobacco with very well placed hops. Alcohol is placed perfectly Worth a rating up-tick.
2003. This is a big all around stout. Pours thick like thinned maple syrup. For the first few seconds after it is poured there is no head and then a short cocoa layer of foam rises to the top only to disappear into small pools of bubble. First sip is roasty, licorice and THICK! Then you feel the salty, bitter hops. This tastes like European salty licorice. Nose is like the waft you get when you pass a Starbucks. Alcohol is initially hidden but then it feels very boozy. The 2002 was too flat for me but may have had a better flavor- I still have some and will attempt a vertical.
thegreenrooster (3189) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2004 Pours like texas tea. Black gold. Little dark brown head. Aroma is chocolate,malt and you can get a nice whif of the hops. Taste is roasted malt then the alcohol hits you. Very heavy on the tounge but smooth all the same. This is a brew for sipping by the fire on a cold day. Very tasty,complex and one of the best of its kind.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 11, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 batch. The color is a dark dark brown, bearing a similarity to sweet crude, with little head. The aroma is wonderful and chocolaty. The flavor is mellow and smooth, with a slightly biting aftertaste. The alcohol is evident. The flavor is of deep chocolate, and malts ext. complex.
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark in color. Strong chocolate, malty aroma. Very rich chocolate flavor, with a sweet, hoppy, alcohol after taste. Well crafted complexity with a very smooth finish. Very good beer. Maybe a little too much alcohol as it somewhat overpowers the other aspects of the brew.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black appearance with a tan/brown head with good retention. Aroma is too die for--roasty, with alcohol, sweetness and wine odors. Flavor is delicious too. Roasty bitterness up front, semiwsweetness in the middle, and a little hop aftertaste. Nice full and pleasing palate. Very excellent--thanks argo0.
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 8, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very excellent, balanced taste. more affordable and common than the rogue. the strength belies its drinkability. i really like the normal stout from this brewery too.