mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark color. Has a really nice roasted coffee, sweet smell to it. Flavor is very similar to the smell, but is a little more on the roasted side. Very drinkable stout.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This stuff is pretty good. A nice stout with a good coffee flavor and sweet chocolate finish
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cocoa, Espresso, Vanilla. Thin, but that really isn’t a real bad thing in this brew. Coffee, and Bittersweet Chocolate is very well presented. Head is thin, tan, and dissapated quickly. Pours black.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black, thin looking (for a stout) body with a minimal cookie-dough colored, light brown head. Smells of sweet cocoa and chocolate malts, as well as a little coffee and cherry sourness. Big chocolate chip cookie taste mixed with a very bitter hop kick. The hops are bold and tasty but border on the edge of "not so good" with metallic flavors showing slightly. That is my only knock on the beer and this is still an exceptional stout.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I just love stouts. This poured almost black with a chocolatey head. The nose was rich chocolate, roasted coffee. Screw Starbucks and the morning mocha java. I’ll take this. Good creamy mouthfeel. Taste was of roasted coffee with bitter chocolate added. Maybe Dutch cocoa. Very good.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black, tan creamy lasting head. Nose is dark bitter-sweet cocoa, some earth, coffee and cream, with minor notes of citric hops. Flavor basically mirrors aromas, but you get a small kick of citric hops for balance. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry bitter-sweet finish. Nice session stout to kick back with.
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Opaque with frothy tan head which faded and some lace. The aroma has notes of burnt dark malts, sweet malts, lactic twang, coffee, and piney hops. The taste is bittersweet with a noticeable hop presence. Mocha and smoky undertones. The finish is bitter and dry, metallic. Not bad but a bit strangely balanced, does have the malt tones to make it work. Thanks for the bottles Dave and Joe.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUN 7, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Balance of bitter vs sweet did not strike harmony for me, bitter won out. Not bad, but not a brew I would seek out again.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Update: On tap. Thin on the palate, burnt chocolate flavors, big roastiness and a bit earthy towards the finish with a bitter cocoa flavor. Just too watery on the palate.
I’m not sure if i got a bad bottle of this, but what a let down. Pours a perfect stout appearance, black with a nice fluffy tan head. Aroma is nice with a great chocolate smell. But the taste absolutely bombed. As soon as it hit my mouth it gave off a incredibly bitter/metallicy taste. Very thin, almost no body to it. The chocolate taste was covered up by the overwhelming bitterness of this beer. Maybe a bad bottle, maybe a bad brew.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is of buttery chocolate. Solid brown head. Body is a little thin, in fact quite thin for a stout. Taste has some chocolate and roasted malt flavor. Finish is dry and bitter, slightly roasty. Just not complex enough