Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I Didn’t care for the aroma but it seems most are liking it. Medium body. Malty nutty earthy bitter flavour, it’s fairly complex.
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stout qualities and chocolate notes burst out with the first sip. A heavy ale, but after the first few sips the chocolate and stoutness go away and reveal a nice hearty ale. Very good!
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an amber/brown color with a moderate head and fair lacing. Nice malty cherry plum aroma with a slight metallic note. Medium bodied and slightly creamy, with lots of toasty caramel in the flavor, notes of chocolate and butterscotch or vanilla and a hint of smokiness. Finished dry with a solid bitterness. First class. Bottled.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark orangish brown color with a nice medium tan head. Roasted malt aroma. Lightly sweet malt and coffee flavor. Coffee bean finish.
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Has a deep ruby color and starts with a HUGE off-white foamy head. The head fades to a light covering. Aroma is dirt with chocolate cake and cinnamon. The taste is a slight caramel with tangerine. Ends on an unpleasant a sour note.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a burnt amber colour with a big lingering head diminishing eventually to a sheet of lace. Aroma is of roasted coffee and caramel. Flavour is very nutty (hazelnuts, walnuts) and bitter with some apple caramel and banana hiding in the back. This is a darn good beer, I wish Grail was at least this good. There is a bit of a funky aftertaste though.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby-bronze body with moderate carbonation and a rippled, velvety beige head. Unique aroma of roasted malts and grape bubble gum. Roasty flavor of coffee and fruity malts with considerable tanginess. This a pretty interesting beer. Not great, but novel.
shearmadness (2) - Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2004 does not count
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very nutty smell with a creamy head. It has a very smooth beginning with a little bite at the end.
boto (1959) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: This one is a reddish-brown color. There was a bit of a tight tan head (small bubbles) to it also. A fair amount of lacing down the glass. Roasted aroma with some fruit notes to it. Maybe even a bit yeasty. Roastiness to the taste, with a bit of a sweetness. Hints of coffee and fruits. Very Nice!
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Redbrown with firm beige head.
Roasted aroma with tones of apple, almonds, fudge, coffee and dark
bread. A bit acidic.
Coffee and chocolate toffee in the mouth. Firm bitterness with coffee in the finish