Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown opaque body with red accents. The body is topped with a thick head that leaves lots of lace. Strong malty aroma with a roasted coffee character and a slightly bitter hoppiness. Roasted malt flavor with a slight sweetness and a roasted coffee finish. Full bodied and smooth with a slight dryness.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I've had a lot of really good beers latyely so this one may be suffering by comparison, but amn, what a disappointment! Struggles toward roastiness but fades with some weird faintly burnt coffee ashes - mostly builds a sourish serious of tones, but it's hard to tell through the texture. I'm not a fan.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Just like the photo, but look quick because the head is gone in 60 seconds. Great Brussels lace. Very light nose of lactose cream, and cheap chocolate. Nice hops all over the taste, but everything else (chocolates and roasty flavors)is very light and never comes to the forefront even as it warmed.
JMerritt (1734) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black, medium tan head that was mostly diminishing. Aroma is of black coffee, nothing more. Initial flavor is moderately roasty, finish is slightly hopped, dry, and coffee-bitter. Not a whole lot of substance or character that sets it apart from other stouts.
Frank (2305) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2003 Opaque black. Nice, thick tan head. Intricate lacing. A great looking beer. Mildly roasty aroma. Bitter, roasted barley malts with a bit of sweetness. A few off notes but, hey, no complaints. I was expecting a flavorless Guinness clone but this was very tasty.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It pours an almost jet black color with a big tan head that lingers. Somewhat weak aroma of malts and a thin mouthfeel. Flavor is mostly roasted malts with a slightly burnt, smokey bitterness in the finish. A decent, above average stout.
craftbeer (5) - USA - JAN 20, 2003 does not count
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Beautiful Aroma, nice smooth taste. Beatiful Irish Stout. Doesn't suprise me it was voted the World's Number One Stout.
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark color, brownish thick head, beautiful lace. Some malt and sharp but not strong roasted barley; yeast. Reasonable stout, a bit metallic, dry.
SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Loved it. Thick with a good hop, malt taste. Thick with good flavor. One of the best Stout's I've had.
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.