craven5000 (91) - Westville, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2004
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Dark pour with practically no head. Solid black body. The aroma reminded me of tequila. Not until it warmed some was the chocolate was noticeable. The chocolate tootsie rollish flavor was followed by some bitterness and warmth. Over all, it reminded me heavily of tequila.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - room temp. Pours black and opaque with a creamy brown head that falls quickly but leaves some lacing. Aroma is thick and rich with dark roasted malts, black coffee, chocolate and cherries. Flavor is powerful sweet and bitter, charcoal, bakers chocolate, alcohol and a hoppy, astringent finish that leaves my mouth feeling dry and puckery. Full, smooth body with creamy carbonation that rises slowly. Nice stout - thoroughly enjoyable.
OldGrowth (2416) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft@ Sunset Grille: Banana,carmel,chocolate,red meat scent. Brownish Black, Clean. Fruity bakers chocolate. Thinner than I'd expected. Smooth easy going down. Tasty, just not overwhelming.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Dark squid ink black with a large stained brown head. Massive, powerful chocolate malt flavour. Super rich, dark chocolate flavours. Silky smooth palate.
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, almost black, with a nice head. Aroma is cocoa but also fruity. Flavor from cocoa and choclate, malty but not too sweet.
maeib (8284) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2005 I deliberately saved this for my 50th rate as I remember it as being a classic. I even bought my Mum 2 bottles for Christmas. Unfortunately it disappointed slightly this time. That’s not to say it’s a bad beer cause it certainly ain’t. It is very black but with not a lot of head. The smell is bitter and chocolatey. The taste again is of bitter chocolate. I would have liked it to be more roasty and smooth though. Leave out the chocolate and make it a smoother stout and I’m there.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2005 AWESOME Imperial Stout!!!! Pours black with a brown head. Has an incredible hoppy complex chocolatey coffee taste. Leaves a malty burnt-like after taste. Nice balance between sweet and bitter. Mouthfeel is very full, round and creamy. Just delicious. Nice lacing on the glass. The alcohol content is hidden pretty well. I love this brew!
rlgk (9016) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, not much head. Aroma from chocolatem which actually did not shock me... Flavor is milk chocolate as well, some cream, but also some bitterness. I really like these chocolate stouts.
hophead1962 (11) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love this beer. I tend to stay away from the big malty ones like this and stick to the lagers/ales. But when I do come back to this one, it impresses me. A bit hoppy for a stout but that's a good thing to me. <note my name>. Drink one today.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep dark near black, with a nice tan head. Dark chocolate, roasted malt aroma. Big chocolate flavors cocoa sweetness with a dark chocolate bitterness on top of a slight coffee taste. Nice full body feel. Great finish with pleasant after tastes, slight bitter and a good alcohol warming.