TBone (12989) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2004 Bottled (BB 08/2004)
Opaque black. Brown whipped cream-like head. Barley-wine type sweet and malty aroma. Good mouthfeel: sweet and same time hoppy. Gives nice bitter aftertaste. Not too heavy-bodied, which makes this easy to drink. (8/5/7/4/16 4.0)
Rich, wineous and malty aroma. Sweetish and robut - rounded mouthfeel. Great. (8/5/7/5/17 4.2)
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Sean Bolean's.Very nice scottish ale.Aroma of choco-coffe,butter(some ringwood)Tastes like headt coffee/butter brew.Some hops to balance.Very nice stuff.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark ruby-brown with a short-lasting creamy tan head. Lots of roasted malt and some sweet licorice make up the nose. The flavor is sweet up front (caramel and chocolate) then it fades quickly into a medium amount of hop bitterness. The body is medium with a dry finish. Overall a nice beer.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black color with a medium tan head. Coffee, sweet malt and sour lactose aroma. Nice sweet malt, chocolate, coffee, lactose and lightly bitter hops. Slightly dry roasty hops finish.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong coffee aroma. Black color, light brown almost creamy head, very nice lace. Coffee flavor, thick start but thinner finish, some licorice, roasted, long lasting finish.
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a tan head. Aroma and flavor of bitter dark chocolate. Bitter chocolate finish. Very good.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black w/ tan head. Malty, sweet aroma w/ celery notes. Flavor is sweet, with hints of chocolate.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark colour, no head. Aroma is dark chocolate and anise. Flavour is same with a strong bitter finish and a dry aftertaste.
jsquire (3551) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Buckeye. Dark beer with red highlights when held up to the light. Creamy tan head that lasted. Light cocoa in the nose. Some chocolate and faint ash, with a sweet cocoa finish. The end showed a quick shot of hop bitterness and finished dry. Quaffable and enjoyable.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Black with a thin white head. Looks, smells and tastes all the world like stout, perhaps with over zealous helpings of chocolate and remnants of hopping making it stand out. Good bitter finish with traces of hops as I mentioned. Whilst the length of the flavour on the palate is decent the overall feel is quite harsh. Not as good as the Special Reserve version which I had with it.