flemdawg (509) - Naples, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent brew. A color so dark that light almost couldnt get through. Aroma was great with some hints of chocolate. Taste also had the chocloate added to the oaty taste. Very good beer all around. Hopefull I will be having some more of this.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma of unsweetened chocolate. Starts out hoppy with some roasty flavors, chocolatey oaty finish. This is for the bottled version, i'll likely rerate after tonights keg
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Velvety, chocolatey, inky aroma. Smooth well-rounded, oaty/chocolate flavour with a bit of roast bitterness,
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2004 Very black, viscous pour. Darkest head I've seen on a beer, thin and dissipates quickly, however, with a gentle pour. Deep roasty aromas of dates, caramel, butterscotch, some coffee. Sweet throughout with slight bitter finish. Flavors are of sweetened coffee and dark fruit (berries, plums). A little over-sweet for my taste, but a very good stout.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a thin brown head that does not last. Aroma of roasted barley, caramel, chocolate, hint of coffee and others. Rich full body, outstanding flavor of dark beautiful malts, oaty sweetness, slight vinous notes and a nicely hopped finish. A nice smooth stout that was quite enjoyable. Alcohol sneaks into the finish as it warms adding more character. Thank you ecrvich!
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque dark chestnut with samllish dark tan head. Sulfur and black malt aroma. Smooth feel. Sweet malt and coffee flavors. Somewhat sour bitter finish distracts slightly from the overall enjoyability.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a dark tan head. Creamy and roasted malt nose, bitter chocolate and coffee. Nice full mouthfeel, creamy and smooth.Nice hop bite near the end. This is one of the best of the winter brews so far for this year. Thanks Ringo!
Aubrey (3347) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2004 BLACK BEAUTY with a chocolatey brown head... lace patterns lingered so much, my dishwasher began to cry. Rich and chewy malt just made my mouth water uncontrollably. Wonderful amount of hops complement the sweet, roasty malts. What a F'n awesome stout! Some qualities in it are reminiscent of Shakespeare Stout -- without the smoke or heavy burnt flavors. Rerate: I think last year's was much "thicker" than this year's. I still think this year's is really good, but it's not as good as I remember it.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pleasant surprise. This is no oatmeal stout, I hate to tell the brewer that he doesn’t know what he made, but this is an Imperial stout (just a lower ABV one). Thick, silky, and slightly vinuous. Recommended.
Ernest (5646) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2011 Bottle (2011 vintage). Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black (not opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, roasted grain, husks), lightly hoppy (grapefruit). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Watery and simple.