ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty, and plummy taste and smell. Some dark nuttiness also. Not really a great mouthfeel, pretty good overall though.
JonMoore (1965) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black with a large tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee and dark fruits. Taste is dark fruits, roast malts, chocolate and a bitter finish. Surprisingly light. Good.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured black with smallish head and light lacing.
Aroma is sweet malt and dark fruits.
Flavor is roasty chocolate and coffee.
Tmoney99 (11590) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Black color with full light brown head that diminished slowly. Heavy aroma of caramel and roasted malt. Full body with smooth texture. Good fruit, chocolate and malt flavor with a short dry bitter finish.
nick76 (4302) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is heavily roasted malt and caramel. The appearance is dark brown almost black with a small head that left good lacing. The flavor is chocolate with malt and a light bitterness from the hops. Slightly sweet aftertaste with a little hop bitterness.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque brownish-black color, with a small, filmy light tan colored head. Rich malt and yeast aroma, producing gummy currant and raisins, light milk chocolate and salt. Chocolate silk caresses in a gentle way, with smoky soy sauce, toffee and a light hop bitterness on the finish. Very light, watery texture.
thegreenrooster (3423) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is of course black like oil. Aroma is a chocolate with a nice roasted malty backbone. Flavor is a nice mix of cocoa and toffee. Not quite flavorful enough to knock you off your chair but it has its qualities to make this one to look for.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2003): Black, brown edges, large sand colored foamy head, wonderful lacing, looks superb. Prune and fig dominate the nose. Slight soy as well. Chocolate emerges as it warms. Raisin and a stronger soy flavor on the tongue. Fairly big body, but mouthfeel was less than stellar. Soft finish, slight cocoa, soy, fig, and date. Quite enjoyable, well rounded, soft on the palate. Thanks mattbob for sharing!
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The bottle poured a deep garnet (near black) beer with a thin but persistent head that gave good lacing to the glass. The aromas were an interesting mixture of sweet fruits. I detected banana. fermenting plumb and notes of grape. The body was medium-full with little carbonation and a smooth texture. The flavor begins with a slightly old mustiness surrounding the sweet malt. As this matured, it brought out an interesting warmth and notes of aged port. The finish is quite long, slightly dry and warming. Very nice.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a beige head, quite frothy. Caramel, chocolate and malt in the aroma. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel and initial sweetness in the taste folloed by slight bitterness. Delicious, highly drinkable.