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This is a full-bodied stout with plenty of roast flavor as well as hints of molasses and chocolate. Ridiculous amounts of black and caramel malts make this stout smooth, creamy, and utterly opaque.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2004
pour black small brown head with very little lacing. aroma was a very pleasant sweet chocolate, carmel and molasses, my nose said thank you.got a nice coffee chocolate taste with a taste of raisins. end with the right amount of bitterness for me

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2004
A wonderful sweet stout. Very thick and black. Pours with thin head. Feels very heavy with a thick mouthfeel. Strong coffee tones. Pronounced barly and and chocolate as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2004
Deep brown-black color with tan head. Intense toasted aroma. Tastes of chocolate, coffee...smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zach8270 (3585) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours an opaque black with a thin tan head that laces well. Rich roasted malt nose with a hint of caramel. Taste is a bit harsh and vinegary at first but soon turns to a smooth roasted flavor with a hint of mocha and chocolate with a good strong coffee finish. Thanks MarkR. I really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2592) - GERMANY - MAY 2, 2004
Toasted, almost aged vinegary nose; jet black color; lasting lathery head. Raisins and a vinous character to the malt body with a dry coffee finish. Great great balance. Fat profile at first, but quickly reduces to a low lingering dry roast in the sides of the mouth. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YogiBeera (2500) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Pivo - my love brought from Dayton this wonderful suitcase full with amazing beers home - good work honey :-) Pitch black brew, little layer of a head. Malty moccha nose - toasted. Head leaves nice laces. Roasted coffeebeans flavors. Vinegar-like in the beginning, in the middle smooth - lasts long with an iron/metallic finish. NICE

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2004 Had to up my previous "12" this is a good beer..just violats the style a bit. While truly a large beer, I’d call this a porter. Way too much chocolate and lingering bitterness for the smooth roasted flavor of a stout. Impressive brown head that evolves to a rich tan. Excellent lacework. Aroma of chocolate. Flavor starts slow, with roasted flavor coming through the initial bite. Lingering bitterness in finish with no nose. Alcohol prevalent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10459) - Sřborg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2004
Bottled: Totally black coloured. Chocolate brown head. Cofee, smoke, sweetness and a fatty malt aroma. Expresso, malt, chocolate, spices in the flavour. Is smooth and light drinkable. Has a balanced bitterness in the end. Thanks Raindog for trading.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - Křbenhavn, DENMARK - APR 19, 2004
Black coloured. Notes of chocolate and coffee. Very smooth and soft mouthfeel. Notes of blue cheese (Guld Danablue) in the flavour. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 12, 2004
Pours opaque with a big brown head. Aromas of molasses, vanilla, and some sourness. Really nice lacing. Very bitter for the style. Coffee flavors. I would say they used too much black patent. Mouthfeel is a little thin due to too much CO2. This is good but I like Shakespeare much better.

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