ChrisJ (100) - Warrenton, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2001 Bottle at home. Pours in syrupy and black like motor oil. No head, no carbonation. The aroma had notes of vinuous fruit(grape and raisin). As others have said this reminded me of port. Flavor was incerdibly complex. Very bitter with notes of fruit, coffee, and a hint of dark chocolate. The alcohal is sweet on the palate but the sour from fermentation holds its own. Not as thick as it looks (don’t think that would have been possible come to think of it). Slick mouthfeel with some of the warming effects of its 9% abv. The finish was long and bitter. This beer has made me ponder my own ability to judge. It was either past its prime which I have to believe is a possibility or it was too complex for my palate which is another distinct possibility. I will try this again in a few years but for now I have to say it has mainly novelty appeal.
zimbo (719) - SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Luxuriously beautiful stout which everyone forgets about. Beautiful rich slick light brown glossy head on top of a silk body. Huge depth of flavour which has great sap and a constant developing flavour profile and a beautifully appetizing sour cherry quality. Vinuous and complete.
Forget about the old withered cork bottles. The crown cap is absolutely majestic.
olsvammel (3885) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at a big tasting (Nördprovning 2015). Roasted smell with dark chocolate. Very sweet taste with dark malts and raisins.
McNeillR (1609) - SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Neat brown and ruby glint, filmy and dandy head. Lean roast and a firm saltiness. A slip of carbonation.
BenH (2851) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Near black with tan head. Slightly sour aroma, funky, woody, cherry, berries. Taste is roasty, chocolate, fruity, oak, berries. Slightly bitter finish.
AshtonMcCobb (3593) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Harvey’s online.
Appearance - dark brown to black with a nice fawn head.
Nose - tangy black fruits, maybe plum or blackberries. Meaty and sour.
Taste - sour toffee, dark fruits, complex.
Palate - medium bodied with a tangy texture and a dry tangy finish.
Overall - very interesting.
allmyvinyl (5514) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2015 Bottle at Ashton McCobb’s. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of sour plums. Taste is light sour, chocolate. Sour, funky finish. Unusual.
Stuu666 (5652) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is meaty, chocolate, roasted, taste is similar, dry and bitter.
Beergeek23322 (2595) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
9/4/2010. 2003 edition from bottle. Black with a tan head. Roasted malt, licorice, chocolate aromas with bitter hops. Long bitter finish with a bit of alcohol burn.
dandeman (619) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Achetée au Vermont en Mai 2014.
Sweet stout with molasses, field berries and coffee flavors. Great complexity. Superb balance.
De superbes aromes de boisé, de chêne, combinée à l’alcool aux accents de rhum (est-elle vieillie en fût? je ne sais pas) Présence également de fruits sauvages, de café, de pruneaux et de dattes. Un olfactif complexe et évolutif, à forte dominance d’alcool.
Le visuel est noir, opaque, à mousse brune foncée, à grosses bulles et à texture crémeuse mélangée. Quelques traces survivent sur le verre.
L’attaque est sucrée, avec de grosses notes de mélasse, accompagnées de fruits des champs. Puis l’alcool entre en action pour offrir une finale chaude et amère. Les notes de sucre sont de mélasse, de crème brulée, de mures et de dattes. La torréfaction est assurée par le café et l’amertume des houblons est mi- terreuse, mi- conifère. Grande complexité. Superbe équilibre.
slowrunner77 (6600) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
"pours an oily black with no head to speak of. i don’t mind the big abv sippers, but this one is a miss. something’s wrong here. smells had some pleasing port like qualities that didn’t quite add up. smelled a little smoke and tart/sour notes in there as well, which kept me from rating the aroma higher. mouthfeel is nice at first...it’s the type of beer that little or no carbonation can work well for, but it blends right into a flavor that is...just...not ...nice. previous raters used words like tar, musty, paint thinner, soy...too harsh. the otherwise smooth body goes right out the window when you actually taste it. gross finish. i know this isn’t supposed to be an everyday brew, but it’s a bad sipper as well. one reviewer says this is a cigar beer...i agree, to the extent that someone may have used the bottle as an ashtray before the beer was added, giving it it’s "unique" taste. We had a 2003, so maybe it was past it’s prime, but it’s what was on the shelf last month!"