Nuffield (3612) - 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 (1473) - 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!
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
an excellent beer. period. even if weren't strong enough to knock your ass off the manhattan bridge (which i wouldn't suggest trying...) it would still be excellent. the high alcohol content is an extra bonus above and beyond the wonderful flavor.
Indra (2559) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 9, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Winter 02-03 bottling. Alluring aroma, with rich, semi-sweet chocolate, a slight hint of black cherry, prune, raisin, plum, scotch, well-kilned malt, a touch of smoke and delightfully apparent alcohol. Incredibly dense black color with a dark tan, fine-beaded head. Flavor begins with a molasses/toffee sweetness, some coffee bean and chocolate, before becoming more fruity and seeing quite a bit of the roasted, very dark, bitter, grainy maltiness come through. Faintly alcoholic finish, with very thick, dry and roasted malt and lingering chocolate. Quite nice.
Dobbs (16) - Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2003
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of malt, but alcohol scent quickly overwhelms. Appears dark, mysterious?, but the scent gives it away. Not quite balanced but truely unmistakable.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft - Very dark color with great head. This beer was very sweet and malty. Could definitely smell and taste the hops. A great stout.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours black with a tan head. big roasty chocolate and flowery hop aroma. big chocolate flavour with fruity malt and perfumy hops. a good stout to be sure, but to me it seems a little over hyped.
bac080 (398) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2003 Original rating: 3.3
This is flat-out one of the best beers I've had. I must have picked up a bad bottle originally. This is like drinking a chocolate bar.