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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 8, 2002
Jet black w/ a big tan head. Nice roasted flavor. Very rich. Lots of chocolate on the palate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Roasty cocoa espresso nose, coffee bitter choclate taste. Full and deliciously smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Re-rate 11/4/02:One of my favorite beers and a staple in my beer ’fridge. Pours out to a beautiful dark color in the glass with a light brown head that looks so good you want to eat it. Taste is that of roated malt, with a very substantial, but not too overwhelming hop presence. The swallow begs for another sip. A wonderful beer. Original: Outstanding!!&# So thick you could chew it...nice molasses taste!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 Fantastic bittersweet chocolate taste and a near perfect body. Beautiful, almost intimidating appearance in the glass. Black liquid covered in dense, rocky, brown foam. This one would scare the hell out of those who think that Guinness is "thick". Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2002
The pour ’Darker than The inside Of A Cow’, the head extravagant, large olde frothy ’Thang’, long lasting, chocolate brown in color, the lace in voluptuous sheets. Nose, coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, ah yes my friends one ’Sniffable Beer’. Front malt, sweet, the top portly, the finish is benignly acidic, stupendously hopped, lordly dry. It’s a good thing that I have to beg borrow and steal these beers, as my total would be much less as why sample the rest, when you can have the best. #10 of their beers sampled, not a ’loser in the bunch’. Trust the olde spavined ’Gusler’, when I tell you this line of beers is phenomenal. Ranks a well deserved #66 on my current 1000 beer master list.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
InTheHopper99 (11) - USA - OCT 23, 2002
This beer pours a wonderful Mississippi River brown head. It’s big and full without being overbearing and sloppy. I guess that’s translates into being well balanced. When it warms there is a sweet roasted Turkish coffee flavor. In the spirit of the World Series...it’s a solid hard line drive in the gap double. I’ll take it anytime but it’s not a homerun.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2002
This beer poured perfectly into my glass, producing and excellent head. The nose consists of roasted barley and cocoa powder. Nice full body. Within my first, few sips I get a lot of roasted malt bitterness coupled with strong coffee. As the beer warms, I get more finesse from the beer, which means it becomes a bit sweeter and shows more of its chocolate side. The hop profile is pleasantly bitter, but its not a distracter to the malt show that makes this stout. The stout is high enough in gravity to make it feel like you are drinking a bigger beer, but low enough to make it semi quaffable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IneedAbuheer (69) - Ingleside, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2002
Excellent stout. Attractive opaque pour with a burnt, roasty aroma. Great smoky flavor throughout, with a smooth, malty consistency. Some coffee tones, but the smoky/burnt character from beginning to end is what did it for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2002
The stout itself is amazing, so roasty that I could drink it for breakfast and be fooled into a placebo effect of a coffee caffeine rush!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aracauna (3191) - Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2002
Beautiful pour. Deep black with dark tan head that looks almost sandy, but feels so creamy. It’s a roll call of dark malt flavors and aromas: caramel and chocolate being dominate, but with an undercurrent and finish of burnt bitterness. Low to no coffee, though. Incredible stout.

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