Schroppfy (2350) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin-palated like a dry-stout, IMO. Had very high hopes here...many folks say the Shelter Pale Ale from these guys is the lesser ware, but Iíd put it here. I like the bark, but Iím not getting enough hop aroma or flavor, and I think the baseline roasted malt is muddled by the other ingredients. But, still, even so, I have to say, if my misfires were of this quality, Iíd quit my day job and become a brewer.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I guess not. Lots of different bitters in here - coffee, yup, but also some more barkish, woody bitters, and hops. The bitters provide some action in an otherwise thinnish brew leaning longingly toward creaminess. Itís long and dry and ultimately almost unpleasant, from where I sit. Just when I think Iím going to get those sweetish undertones Delbomber noted, that backswing of a burnt birchbark broom sweeps them away.
Davhgbrew (445) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smooth, creamy stout that had just enough body to make me sit back, smile and say....ahhh good stout!
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
God but not great. Not malty enough and too much coffee aroma. Better than most American stouts but certainly cannot compare with their Brittish brothers like Sammy Smithís
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice color with a good head - mild coffee aroma. A pleasant stout - although it came across more like a porter. Slight smokiness, light bitterness, moderately watery mouthfeel.
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wonderful appearance: very dark ruby red with a great initial head. I enjoyed the roasted malt aroma. Very drinkable. It is a bit thin for a stout, but good nonetheless.
DrBeer (825) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clean bitterness, some almonds, blue cheese, hint of coffee. A bit on the thin side though.
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2003 Delicious roasted coffee/chickory aroma and flavor. Medium body. Slight bitterness. Much better than I thought it would be.
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, nice roasted flavoring. A very big fan of this beer.
omhper (17478) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black. Malty, clean dry & bitter. Very well balanced.