krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
i’m not crazy about chicory in coffee-- it’s a weedy filler to be used in hard times--like when northern warships close the ports in civil war blockade-- which hasn’t happened recently. (in the meantime, some people might claim it has become an acquired taste, but i think it is mainly sold back to those yankees as an overpriced new orleans novelty). here it appears as an adjunct to a threadbare stout, and does for beer what it does for coffee, i.e.: adds a bit of dirt and tobacco spittle flavor. this pour is no impediment to light, it’s a raisin-ruby color appropriate to a modest porter, and it would elicit peals of derision if placed among true sooty black stouts. the tan head couldn’t face life outside the bottle and shriveled like a worm on a summer sidewalk. aroma of peanuts and dirty socks, with just enough hints of chocolate to suggest a hershey’s wrapper. the flavor is like chewing burlap, it’s thin, watery, too dry, with bad coffee bitterness. drinking it cold didn’t help, letting it go ambient didn’t help. not buying it again will definately help.
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee and chocolate aroma, typical stout black opaque coloring. Thin head, with decent lacing. Roasty chocolate taste, just a little hop bitterness. Body is medium, a little thin for the style. Again, a very drinkable beer from dogfish Head.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose of smoke, chocolate, coffee, charcoal. Medium bodied, maybe a tad too thin. Roasty tasting with some hops at the finish.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown w/ almost no head but decent lacing. Intense chocolate fudge aroma w/ mild coffee & chicory notes. Full bodied, silky mouthfeel. Rich, earthy chocolate & coffee flavour w/ notes of licorice. Long bitter finish.
nlanza (18) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great flavor -- the chicory and coffee and licorice make it complex and interesting without being overpowering. Unfortunately, it’s a bit thin and not nearly as chewy as I’d like in a stout.
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color, almost no head. When first opened smells like wine, but then the chocolate and roast come out. Very thin body. Sweet roasted flavor with a smokey finish
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color. Coffee notes, Nestle Quik chocolate hints and fudgey nose. Body is mildly choclatey with coffee notes and light hops. Very nice, mild stout, didn’t quite get get all the notes listed in the description but a nice beer nonetheless.
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee and chocolatey goodness. Sweet and bitter all at once. Just slightly watery, but enough flavor in the front and mid to make up for it. Even my Mom took a sip without making her usual ’ewww...beer’ face.
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Muddy; slightly burgundian brown; chocolatey, fudgey, some nuts; a little bit chewy, like munching on chocolate malts.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown with reddish hints. chocolate milk aroma. smooth, but a little thin. roasty malt and cocoa flavours, slighty coffee-ish hints. mildly tart and roasty bitter finish.