DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 15, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Black with light brown head. Roasted chocolate and coffee aromas. Full flavor, impressive balance of loads of chocolate with malt and hops, not just a stout with some added chocolate flavoring. Finish starts out sweet and chocolatey, ends a bit more bitter with taste of alcohol. Excellent beer, serves well as a dessert.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
the perfect combination of sweet rich chocolate/malt + burnt coffee + vanilla + just enough hoppy bitterness. extremely silky, no impurities or weirdnesses woah this wsa nice. thanks duff for this and all the others. or should that be thanks linc? i forget.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice one. Lots of chocolatey roasty malts. The palate is bittersweet, with some sweet chocolate at the start and then a bitter roasty, almost ashy finish. Lots of coffee and choc, with a very long finish. Everything appeared to be in its right place in this beer, really good stuff.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark black, opaque body with a medium brown head. Smells of dark chocolate, and sweet malts. Roasted malt flavors, balanced nicely with a cocoa bitterness. The dark chocolate flavors come through more as it warms.
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This Stout came highly recommended. My so far limited beer vocabulary is inadequate to accurately describe what I'm smelling, so the best I can do is simile and metaphor. The predominant aroma I'm experiencing is the smell of wasabi in soy sauce. It's so dark it's like pouring a very thin crude into your glass. The head was thick and creamy and dense enough to hold up a bottle cap (no kidding). When you tilted the glass it would coat the sides. The flavor is heavy and manifold, and as I've already said, I'm at a lack to fully describe what I'm tasting, but I'll get better. I'll have to come back and re-rate this one later.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very black with dark lingering head. Sweet, soy/vegemite aroma. Chocolatey flavour, mild bitterness, undertones of soy and vegemite a slight hit of alcohol mid palate. Soft malty palate.
Nuffield (3549) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002-03 production. Vinous and oily, roasted and attractive. This, with the Monster Ale and the Brown, must be the beer that gives Garrett Oliver his reputation because the overall Brooklyn line-up had some real disappointments and catastrophes in it. This is a fine, big beer, but it doesn't beat the best of the competition in this category (like the Free State Owd Mac).
guzzler67 (1456) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely, rich dark appearance. Noticed a certain amount of nuttiness in the aroma along with the malted chocolate. Flavor enhanced by complimentary spices. Rich finish; liked it better than Rogue's. (note: draft had more chocolate in the nose and on the palate than the bottle)
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very sweet malty aroma, chocolate, roasted, and a little carmel in there. Color is pure black, and the head is a fine brown color. Flavor is really sweet, not extremely chocolately, which is nice. This also has a decent bitter feel to the end of it, with a slight hint of alcohol.
lucablight (10) - USA - MAY 18, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a superb beer. It has a sweet aroma when opened. It pours out pure black, and forms a slight brown head. The taste is superb, a bittersweet chocolate taste. If this is available to you, pick it up at any cost!