ravidesai (949) - Bombay, INDIA - MAY 25, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
black with a thin beige head.
very dry and hoppy for a stout.
lot of coffee taste but not sure if the chicory adds anything distinctive.
loses points for a rather oily texture.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Even though this is a coffee stout, it tastes a bit thin and has a watery palate. The coffee taste is muted, instead of being full as a coffee stout should be. Oh well, you canít have a winner every time.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 26, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good, but too bitter and nothing all that special going on, a quality stout but nothing that even suggests greatness
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Very thin, quick-dying head; totally black, opaque body. Aroma on the lightish side, sweet and malty, just a hint of coffee. Flavor nice, but I wonder if all of the weird flavorings are cancelling each other out to some extent; its good, but hard to point out a lot of specific character traits. A bit of coffee, a bit of sweetness, perhaps too much carbonation, and a body just a bit on the thin side. Sounds better than it was, but still an interesting attempt from one of the countryís most inventive brewers.
Schroppfy (2360) - 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 (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2013 Smooth, creamy stout that had just enough body to make me sit back, smile and say....ahhh good stout! Re-rate more than 10 years later..since 4/19/02. Now having the 2013 version as stated on the label.....Chocolate nose, tingly carbonation, full bodied w/ espresso and chocolate. finishes w/ charcoal. Excellent beer!
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.