TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite attractive appearing beer; pours very dark brown, if not actually black with a nice big fluffy light brown head. Head exhibits good retention. Nice aroma also, exhibiting nice roastiness and a light shot of cream. Flavor is good, not great. Light smokey flavor. Not incredible, but quite passable.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I'm sampling this back-to-back with Lion Stout. This beer has a rather sweet milk chocolate aroma with notes of dark fruit and perhaps red wine. NOt as much licorice or smoke as I detected in the Lion Stout. The flavor here is lighter as well, and I pick up more "traditional" stout flavors (milk chocolate and roasted malts) as well as some malt vinegar, woodiness, and soy. A bit creamier than Lion Stout (which had an oilier body), but not as full-bodied or rich. "So thick you could just about eat it with a spoon" is not the most truthful statement. Still, I like these salty ales. Crikey!
MiP (15253) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a light brown head. Woody, smoky aroma. Quited smoked flavour with some liquorice. Very tasty. Not unlike a watered-down Thisted Limfjordsporter.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An ok stout with a 'chewing on a green twig' aftertaste. Better than some but quite average.
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big old tan head that collapses densely leaving minimal lacing, lots of coffee in the aroma a hint of burnt caramel. Palate is curiously light, not in a thin (and so bad) way but in a "no sticky residue" (although I do love Sheaf and Southwark's work in this realm) manner. Quick burst of burned malt sweetness with coffee then a light bitterness off the tongue. I think prefer the other Coopers Stout currently (the special old) just on a thickness issue.
brownaler (532) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I may be crazy, but a detect a hint of red wine in the aroma. All the rest in reminescent of a classic stout.
UNCCTF (518) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured a very translucent black with a tan head that diminished quickly. This one was very sweet with a fruity aroma. Decent - a little more hop would've been appreciated.
madsberg (11360) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled: Pitch black. Thin light brown head. Long lasting. Chocolate, malt and a light roastyness in the aroma. Subdued roastyness and some fruitness in the flavour. Some coffee notes. Smooth. Nice hoppy bitterness in the end.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful tan head, dark brown reddish body. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and liquorice. Sweet flavor of roasted malt and chocolate. Smooth and nice.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2004 Nice tan head with small bubbles. Tasted like strong, dry, sweet coffee with black licorice. Mellow with a deep malty taste. Mellow, light, bitter finish.