notalush (4588) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Much like their double cream stout - it has the same "chocolate ice cream float" character to it - this is not quite as complex or satisfying (not that it isn't extremely complex in its own right), but boy is it a good stout.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick, black stout with a perfectly rich, lush tan head. Coffee and chocolate aroma and flavor - the perfect pair. A well-balanced stout with lactose and a bittersweet chocolate finish. Hearty, and devilishly delicious. My only complaint is its heaviness.
TehBeerMonsta (25) - USA - MAY 21, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very rich flavor here. Tastes of dark colombian coffee and baking chocolate. Very dry and bitter. Pours jet black with a decent head. This may be the thickest beer I've ever had, and packs a little punch too. Outstanding. I'm actually proud that this comes out of my home state of Michigan. Guinness is very good, but this is better.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2003 A great stout! Very complex with a roasted chocolate taste. Oak is felt in the finish which seems to hide any of the bitterness. A fine malty stout.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy Cow. Amazingly complex beer with deep espresso , tobacco and flavors I've never experienced before in any beer. I'm amazed at the amount of complexity in this one, and acheived without really much in the way of hops. The master malty stout.
smoosh (534) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft and Bottle: Amazing! Beautiful appearance with darkish head. Roasty flavor that becomes chocolatey as it warms. Makes an excellent beef stew ingredient as well! One of my favorites.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2003 Extremelly complex. Smokey flavor. Rich malt, chocolate. Wow, what a stout. Outstanding.
ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 11/10/06 re-rate: Rich, sweet, chocolate aroma with hints of lactose. Dark black body with a tan head and excellent lace. Itís remarkable that a beer that is as sweet as this, is as low in alcohol as it is. Not that this is overly sweet or cloying at all. Tastes like an imperial stout light. Iím not as overwhelmed with this brew this time around as the first time. Good flavor and very well made, just not a "wow" beer. Iím not going to change my ratings for it as I might only dock the aroma by a point and the overall by a point. 4/16/03: Rich, chocolatety aroma with oak notes. Completely black/opaque body with large brown, rootbeer float-like head; mostly lasting. Wonderfully thick lace. Sweet enough to be a porter...or a sweet stout. Chocolatety with oak and a chalky finish. A very good stout. Started to sour a bit upon warming like the Bellís Porter, but it was a false alarm. Very good.
SilkTork (5068) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Inveigler smuggled this over from Michigan in his backpack. This is clearly his favourite beer - and it's easy to see why. A good creamy pour with a delightfully soft coffee coloured head. A malty nose, mostly dry and dusty, but with a hint of Horlicks, and a scraping of dark Belgian chocolate. The initial mouthfeel is double cream soft, but that soon settles into a smooth dryness. The taste is of an intense dry bitterness which seems divided between hops and roast malt. There is fruit in the background, and a molasses sweetness, but that doesn't make itself felt strongly enough against the bitterness. This reminds me of Guinness from many years ago. The nose remains interesting all the way through, with aged oak making itself felt now and again. An intense and well made stout, but just a little too brutal and unbalanced for me. The occasional fruit and nestles milk at the back of the throat do not really compensate for the relentlessly tub thumping orchestral bitterness.
ARMed (587) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very smooth and tasty. Thick black viscous stout with a great balance of bitterness. Dark chocolate overtones with hints of licorice and coffee. Excellent lacing with a perfect fluffy pillowy head that lasts extra long. Tiny bubbles can been seen floating to the top if you closely look into the blackness. A very nice brew indeed!