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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 30, 2003
What a yummy beer. Aroma of brown sugar, plums, raisins & coffee. Pours completely black, tan head is stiff enough to bounce a quarter off of. The palate elevates it from weaker stouts by being rich, creamy and chocolatey. Sort of like alcoholic hot chocolate. A wonderfully balanced beer, slightly tart finish. Alcohol is well hidden, very smooth delivery. This is one great stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5269) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2003
Jet black with a tan head. Chocolate aroma with both chocolate, coffee and I thought I even tasted alittle toffee in the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
notalush (4788) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TehBeerMonsta (25) - USA - MAY 21, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2003
UPDATED: APR 27, 2003 Extremelly complex. Smokey flavor. Rich malt, chocolate. Wow, what a stout. Outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2191) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2003
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. It’s 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. I’m not as overwhelmed with this brew this time around as the first time. Good flavor and very well made, just not a "wow" beer. I’m 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 Bell’s Porter, but it was a false alarm. Very good.

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