thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A good roasty stout. Has a brown head that disappears rather quickly. Has a strong flavor of deeply roasted malt, tastes a bit like burnt sticks. A bit of alcoholic flavor is present, but not extremely noticeable given the complexity of the other flavors. Some slight fruitiness, reminiscent of cooperís sparkling ale is there if you look for it. Strong bitterness from "the dreaded" pride of ringwood hops. A bit fizzy, but has a full-bodied mouthfeel. A good stout. A great choice when you only want to have one beer.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
black as black body witha brown head that simmers down to almost nothing.pretty average aroma.the first sip brings on carbonation,malts,and hopps.more hopps thn most stouts i have had.pretty good session brew.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2006 June 19 2006 Re-rate
Aroma is chocolate and dark fruits with raisins playing a dominate role. There is a spritzy tingly feeling on the nose despite the relatively unlively nature of the aforementioned aromas. The body is a rich black and holds a diminishing thumb thick mocha head. Fore is roast malts and fruit accented dark chocolate. Has an almost baltic Porter flavor to it at times, but less perfumey and alcoholic. Rich coffee notes develop toward the finish. Licorice also makes an appearance. very tingly on the tongue from the carbonation and coffee-like acidity. Itís a better than I recalled it being.
Original rating was a 3
Bottle. Spicey smell. Pours a gloppy black with a thin head. Taste of chewing tobacco, roasted malts and smokiness. Palate is decently thick, but it tastes almost over carbonated.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour. Chocolate cover lasts long. Bottle-conditioned. Huge complex aroma of tobacco, peat malt. Big smoke character. Vegetably feel in the hoppiness (chive). Multi-layered roastiness, cofeeish.. Yummy. Palate feels just a bit less interesting, mostly because of this tart strike toward the end, itís rather mild, but doesnít blend with the roastiness in harmony at all. Dark chocolate flavors, fennel notes, grassy off-dry finish. Wet mouthfeel, medium bodied, but not as full as I expected. Really sheeting the mouth sides though. Great stuff.
Choos (732) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma was of carbonised barley with hints of coffee and some still noticeable hop. Apperance: off white head with some patchy lacing and of course a great deep blackness in the pint glass. Flavour: strong carbony with a hint of rough bitterness, some sweet malty background flavours. Palate: a bit thin and level of carbonation on the higher side that I like.
IndianaRed (3859) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 22, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Pours a deep black with a nice moderate light tan head. The lacing is chunky and spotty. Aromas are a strong sweet licorice, chocolate and molassas and a little coffee. Flavors are consistant but more smokey. Feel is still a bit thin but smooth and soft with soft carbonation. Long smooth lingering aftertaste of subtle smokey notes. Quite good.
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Best before Date 12.02.06, Sampled October 2004
Pours an opaque black color, and is topped by a brown head that is not all that thick. The aroma is first of burnt caramel and then shifts to a dry burnt, roasted malt aroma. There are some notes of sweet coffee in the nose as well. The beer is light bodied up front on the tongue, but quickly moves to a mouth coating body that ends in a dry roasty sensation. This beer is all about the simple roast flavors that dominate the finish. It is burnt, and slightly bitter in the finish, though this is not in a bad way. This beer is actually pretty simple and tasty, a balance between the sweet maltiness and the dry roast character that dominates the finish.
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black with tan head and sediment. Aromas of sweet, dark chocolate, coffee, and a faint nose of plum. Flavor is mild, tastes of coffee and slightly bitter and burnt on the end. Bold and full palate.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is blackest black, as ebon as espresso grounds, and a thin, simmering tannish head rests on top. Aroma looms large and bursts forth with dominant roasty chocolate and espresso associations. An especially burnt flavor comes through, more so than Iíve found in most stouts, along with hints of anise and cloves. Incredible texture, thick, full body, great bitterness, but balanced by sweet malt on the palate. A grainy, gritty quality continues through the middle, by which time the mouthfeel can best be described as "motor oily", in viscosity and flavor! But thatís good, in this case!
An eternal finish, one that digs in itís claws and wonít let go! A contemplative stout, one to savor, linger over, and enjoy late at night, with a good book. The flavors come in waves and layers, your appreciation of this dark and delicious stout grows and grows. First rate all the way.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick and opaque black like crude oil, no head. Lotís and lots of yeast floating around my glass (bottle fermented). Aroma is of roasted malt. When you sip the first thing you notice is the relatively high level of carbonation. The next thing you notice is the remarkable dryness of this beer, extremely dry. Lots and lots of roasted malt here. Very unique stout.