Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A trifle lighter than I generally prefer my stouts. Nice nuttiness in the aroma with plenty of roasted notes. Chewy, with plenty of caramel and toffee tones. Nice hop tone, but could be a little stronger. Not my favorite stout, but well worth a shot.
jjw2000 (72) - USA - APR 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smooth crisp flavor, slightly charred. Faint aroma is pleasant. Somewhat creamy texture, with medium body.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown stout,with a tan,medium sized,head. It settles to a nice clingy,ring.Mainly aroma consists of the coffee,also scents of roast,oats,and substantial malt. Mouthfeel is decent and carbonation is not overdone.Creamy,malty,roasty flavors.The hops lead to the sweet,coffee finish.Coffee with cream lingers in the throat for minutes after swallowing.Why have I been passing this up for years?THe more I consumed it,the better I liked it.Perfect for the pupose of dessert.Thins out a little bit at the end.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer poured a very dark amber, almost black color. It formed a foamy, light tan head that left circular lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation was present. It had an aroma of malt, coffee and chocolate. The flavor was of malt, chocolate and bitter coffee. Or else that was the chicory. Not a bad beer but not one of the best ones. I know people who love it, but I think there are others that do this style better.
Indra (2700) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasty, earthy, malty and lightly herbal aroma, faintly sweet with a hint of brown sugar and coffee. Ebony color with brown highlights and a subsiding head. Flavor is both complex and mild, with a multitude of malt flavors, licorice, cinnamon and roasted coffee, yet somehow retains a degree of subtlety. Medium bodied, very light and smooth palate.
80skid (65) - New York, USA - MAR 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice aroma that goes along with a rich coffee and maybe a little hint of chocolate flavor. Kind of a bitter, oily aftertaste.
boto (1951) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark, with a nice light brown head. Chocolate and coffee evident in the aroma and taste. The chicory leaves a subtle, but pleasing taste to the stout. These guys are good!
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light brown head, smooth and creamy but a little too much carbonation for my taste. Slightly toasted coffee and chocolate flavors, nice chocolate aftertaste. Looking at the list of ingredients, more like an all-in-one vitamin supplement. All in all a flavorful stout.
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like this stout. Mouthfeel isn't quite as thick as I like in a stout and the head is kinda wimpy, but it tastes good. The chicory flavoring is nice and I like the carbonation feeling on my tongue. It's got some chocolate flavor to it as well.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2003 Being a southern gentleman and a botanist, I am no stranger to Chicory (Cichorium intybus). Interestingly, it has been used as a coffee substitute since the Civil War, when northern troops cut off coffee and tea supplies to the south.
I can taste a hint of chicory in this brew, as well as a subtle coffee flavor, but little else. Overall, I find it a bit thin in color and taste. It certainly lacks the robust and well developed flavor I expect from a stout. Not bad, but not great.