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
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pretty decent little stout. Heaps of roasted bitterness, and bitter chocolate. Decent balance and flavour, not particularly complex, but tasty.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque brownish-black color with a medium chocolate brown head. Strong musky chocolate and coffee aroma. Coffee, bitter chocolate, and earthy flavors with a slightly dry hops finish.
PorterPounder (5538) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Motor oil-like black pour with a thin, mocha colored, off-white head. Aroma of strong black coffee - no sugar or cream damnit, and bittersweet chocolate.
Flavor has some elements of chocolate of course, but not your Hershey variety, more like bittersweet chocolate. Very earthy. Trailing hop presence at the end rounds it up nicely at the end. Finishes strong, damn good stout.
Aurelius (4171) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I'm a bit troubled by the sticker 'USDA Organic' on the label, when it's accompanied by a picture of a Buffalo. Very nice aroma. Very black, OK label. Quite bitter at first, but then it mellows out somewhat. Some burnt toast qualities to the general roastiness. Dry, some fruit and tanginess. Medium body. An unusual, and subtle roast presence on the backend of the finish, along with trace sweetness.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle. Absolutely beautiful pour. This is a dark black stout with a brown fluffy head. Smack you in the face roasted malt aroma. Dominant flavor is the Dutch chocolate. Unfortunately, I would have liked more malt gravity to this stout. Seemed a little light on the body.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours like black coffee, small frothish cream colored head, and with decent lacing. Aroma is of coffee, mild dark chocolate, roasted malts, and soy. Taste proves much the same, roasted malts and coffee. The chocolate seems to disappear tho in the middle. Finish shows more of the roasted malts as well as the emergence of the bittersweet dark chocolate. Mouthfeel and palate are a bit thin tho, not as heavy as I would have liked. Still good tho. A hesitant thanks goes out to Eyedrinkale for the trade, even tho the claimed $5 brew was actually less than $3 !%$#@%#$@^
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2004 Pours Castrol “10-W30” thick. Small roasted brown chocolate head. Nose is toasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Initial flavor is sweet malts, chocolate. Turns smokey, very rich chocolate in the body. Finish is bitter burnt toast and chocolate. Rather full bodied for a sweet stout. Surprising to find so much smoked character amongst so much chocolate. Great dessert beer. Overall, very good!