ClarkVV (3969) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2004 Pours a beautiful deep brown with piles of creamy off-white beige head. This is some of the creamiest best tasting rich head. Aroma is pure coffee and roasted barley. Digging in, it was immensely roasty, syrupy, slightly chewy and flat. Big medium roast coffee flavors, and a wonderful black licorice flavor on the finish. Some grainy alcohol notes and a mild bitterness. Served at a great temperature. Unfortunately, it got slightly thin at the end, and it didnt have quite the complexity of Samuel Smiths. No winey/porty/prune notes.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slightly sour when I had it, starting to go acetic in the serving tank... served too cold as well
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep complexity and a silkly smooth mouthfeel. Lots of roasted barely, oates, light coffee. This beer was my last to sample and so it had time to warm. Nice nose.
Nuffield (3747) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Surprisingly clear and non-opaque with a vibrant, relatively dense head. GREAT flavors--striking every note just right, well balanced and pleasant. Coffee aroma bursting from the glass. BUT, I found this to be thin and watery...just so watery there was little to grab ahold of. A flavor to enjoy but not making up for other weaknesses. Maybe this would be a good session beer. (on tap, Heartland Brewery, Union Square West, NYC)
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark, with a tinge of red when held up to the light. Large, thick tan head. Aroma was creamy, with a roasted malt-like note. Flavor was slightly sweet, although there was a funny, off flavor in the background that I did not like. Overall this was decent, but not as good as I was expecting.
JFGrind (1892) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The roasted aroma on this stout is just as amazing as watching the stout being poured. Enjoyable beer to dink too with all the flavor that I enjoy in a sweet stout. This beer was worth the $5.25 a pint the brewpub charges for a beer.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Woo. Just woo. Woooooooo. Beautiful dark with a slightly reddish tint. Big mocha-colored head, barkeep had to let it settle several times to top off. Nose has nice roasts with a bit of smokiness and some chocolate. Initial flavor is very subtle roasts. At the swallow, becomes very milky with more chocolate at the end. Very dry and smoky, hints of tobacco. As it warms, becomes hoppier and drier, a nice bitterness. Lovely texture, certainly not incredibly thick, but I tend to expect lighter textures from oatmeal stouts, so it hit me perfectly. Simply amazingly quaffable, full and rich yet very drinkable. Great, great stuff.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2003 A little lighter colored than most with a rather large off white head. Semi-translucent. Roasted malt aroma with a moderate infusion of floral hop character. Bit of chocolate and a bit of coffee. Semi-sweet with a roasty finish. No backbone on this one. Good.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh this beer was excellent! Rich, creamy - very creamy - and just a great, well-balanced sweet stout. Very chocolatey and coffee-like...and some oatmeal too. I can't wait to get back to Heartland's for this one.
notalush (5216) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque appearance, but the head looks like soap suds. This reduces to a nice lacing, though. Oatmeal and roasted malts in the aroma. Flavor is heavy with chocolate and coffee. Creamy mouthfeel. Lingering coffee in the finish with a slight hop bite. A fine specimen.