rudolf (2304) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is almost chocolate cake. Vanilla, cherries, some very light oak. Smooth mouthfeel is noticed before the flavor. Rich,almost meaty malt. Velvety chocolate and vanilla with a bitter finish. A heavier mouthfeel would improve the finish on this
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - SEP 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong coffee aroma, little smoked and some vanilla. Black (of course), small brown head, fair lace. Coffee, smoked, light bitter, light sweet, hint of vanilla. Bit on the thin side but besides that just how I like my stouts.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, totally opaque, with a medium fluffy light brown head with very nice lacing. Aroma has toasted malts, vanilla and chocolate notes, maybe a faint hint of oak. Flavor is somewhat bitter, malty, but a little thin.
MrDick (335) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I expected a strong oak flavor, but this stout was very mild. I can understand why itís so popular at the brewpub as itís easily drinkable. The flavors donít stand out too much - coffee, malt, vanilla. Not what I was expecting, but still quite pleasant.
Goblincat (378) - Westland, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with very sparse beige head. Strong roasted coffee nose. Very smooth taste, lots of coffee flavor with creamy caramel undertones, though it seems a little watered down. Pretty good.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep brown with a small off-white head. Aromas of coffee, vanilla and roasted malts. Flavors are of Coffee, chocolate, vanilla and everything else youíd expect from a oaked stout, but it is far from perfect. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for a stout and the flavors just donít get to you because of this fact. This sorta tastes like a diet vanilla coke but with a little less flavor. okay...so itís not that bad. but far from great, yet still good, but not perfect.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark,dark brown with some deep mohagany tones.Little head that is the color of Oak.Oh god,that vanilla aroma comes on here like Hurricane Frances hitting the Florida coastline.I feel like I am standing in line at Starbucks.Awesome,shoot,who needs to drink this when the aroma itself is worth the cost of admission.The flavor is completely different.More oak and roasted malts as the vanilla is not overpowering but working hand in hand with the malts and oak to make this a really well balanced flavorfull brew.Nice finish.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a thin beige head. Roasted coffee aroma, hints of smoke, vanilla and nuts. Soft and well-balanced flavour of coffee, vanilla and smoke. A bit sweet in finish of the vanilla flavours but itís backed up of roasted black coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Quite good.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - AUG 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like a stout, pours like a stout, smells like a stout, drinks... incredibly smooth! Wow, itís like drinking silk, really. All in all a decent stout, nothing special, but it sure is a pleasure to drink. Strong chocolate aroma, a bit of hops, mild roasty/chocolate/caramel/vanilla flavor, and dry pleasant finish.
sfontain (736) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark garnet with an initially-impressive dark brown head which flops when it turns out to be very fizzy and quickly disappears. Aroma is very "mature": Coffee/roast with a bit of chocolate and vanilla, though a little "ashy." Flavor is superb up front with a wonderful, buttery caramel/vanilla/chocolate/roast vibe going on; the roastiness and vanilla last through the finish. Smooth but too thin and over-carbonated. Overall, not bad, but I donít think itís quite worth the praise it is generally receiving.