DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is tasty stuff. Along the lines of Samuel Smith's Stout, this is smooth and warm. I like it more than any other stout I have had.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with tan head. Malt aroma. A bit thin with some coffee in the flavor. A good stout, but not Guinness.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
very dark with a ultra thick brown head. Aroma is slightly sweet. Flavor has a bit of coffee with vanilla notes, and a brown sugar type sweetness. Rather bitter finish. Palate is nice, although a little thinner than I like my stouts. Overall alright, but not something I would go out of my way to try again.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark color,aroma is malty with some lite hoppiness,flavor was malty with some coffee in it.A full feel in the mouth with a slight gritty feeling as well.The finish was smooth with a coffee after taste not a bad stout but definately not the best out there,still worth buying again.
Aurelius (4443) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweetish, smooth and well balanced. Clear black-brown, medium body, good pint bottle. The finish is unusually, but pleasantly bittered. I found this very drinkable, though not stellar. Session stout.
notalush (5070) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2002
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Not much of an aroma...not much flavor (just slight roasted malts)...watery finish (maybe they just added black dye to their ’crystal clear Irish water’)......hmm, at least it looks nice.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2002
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2003 re-rate: I guess I rated this beer quite harshly when I first tried it. I still don't think this is a superior stout, but I'm beginning to appreciate the strong chicory, mineral salts, and ash in the flavor. The body is thin, but it's not bad. Just bland. Creamy head. The beer looks really nice. Dry, but not bitter finish.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2003 New...Retried this on tap, and boy howdy, is it good. Completely different beer. Everything you like about Guinness, without all the crap you don't, plus throw in some extra roastiness and nitro carbonation and you have a winner..................Old....Not bad. The taste is a little thin, in my opinion, and not much in the way of aroma. Roasted malts are very nice, very distinguished. This beer is very very smooth, and I can see it benefitting from a nitro tap. Good stuff, worth a try at least once.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer poured a very dark purplish amber color and formed a nice foamy head that left some nice lace. The aroma was of malt and coffee. The taste was of burnt coffee and malt. The body was lighter than some others of this style. Had a burnt coffee finish to it as well. Not a bad beer if your wanting a change from Guiness.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2003 Jet black in color, small creamy light tan head, aroma of dark roasted coffee and malts. Medium body, thin and watery mouthfeel. Cofffee and chocolate flavors, with a decent burnt bitterness in the finish, some what watery, not all that great, I don't want another one.