Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2004 The beer pours as dark as a “Raven”, the head monstrous in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a chocolate brown, as it dissipates the lace left behind forms a thick and clinging sheet to meld with the glass. “Ah that nose”, chocolate, coffee, ginger and sweet maple syrup, or malt if you prefer, fresh, crisp and quite appealing to all the senses, both olfactory and ocular, start is rich in malt, lightly sweet with the top full and milk chocolate rich. Finish is modestly acidic, the hops spicy and pleasant to the palate, bitter-sweet chocolate dry, and a fine stout in my book, and one I get to see but rarely.
TAR (2380) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2003 Pours with creamy head that dissipates to small ring with no stick. Very spritzy, full mouthfeel. Aroma of ginger, caramel, elderberries (similar to Elderberry ale), subtle alcohol, braised beef, and chocolate. Smoky middle and a hoppy bitter finish with long spiciness. I liked it but spices are becoming all too familiar these days, to me at least, in beer. Take a look at the bottom of the bottle. Gotta love the black gunk yeast. I have a few set aside for one or two years to come as I think this beer will age decently.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 21, 2001
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
so interesting. the first thought comming to my mind apon smelling this was La Floreffe blonde. same peperminty cinamon nose. a different beer. to many flavors to name poking through the blanket of chocolate at different intervals. goes best with Hungry Howies Pizza, definetly worth a try
bipolar1 (268) - Hancock, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2001
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This stuff tasted good to me. I agree with everyone else that you wouldn’t want to drink more than a few.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2001
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Allspice comes in little balls like peppercorns - but both in your peppermill, throw in some nutmeg and a Paul Simon special (rosemary, thyme?), and you might get the spice mixture here. The point is that its pretty hard to tell; in a stout this big and dark the tastes are kind of muddied and, I think, mostly wrong. I love the fact that larry’s dishing out ecentricity and applaud his spirit of adventure, but this one, to me, is a serious misfire.
BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2001
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I am a stoutaholic so I found this a nice break from more traditional stouts. I like its thickness and the complexity of its taste. Funk and I enjoyed several together and I must say this is a fine beer, but not one if your drinking more than two or three beers in a sitting.
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep brown and incredibly ’meaty’. I found Harry Magills to be very reminiscent of aged Anchor’s ’Our Special Ale’. Streaks of cinnamon highlight the nose and taste, while juniper smiles in the background. This ale might stretch the definition of a ’stout’ somewhat, but is very warming and delicious none-the-less. Round, roasty, and toasty fill out the texture. Complex and warming this would make a great winter/holiday brew.
Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2001
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I have to agree with Under-age on this one. I may save it to cook with. Way rosemarry and molassas. i will try cooking with it . I am certainly not that glad I have 5 more of these.
Under-age Drinker (96) - Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2001
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
If I wanted spices I’d go to China...but this isnt the middle ages anymore, so I guess i can just go to my local grocer and sample some Magills Spiced Stout...Larry Bell what have you done...I don’t really prefer drinking pizza sauce out of a bottle, it belongs in a jar.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 25, 2001
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Larry Bell breaks new stout ground. In the words of Leland Fox ’its like a full flavored sauce more than a beer’