blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
a very nice drinking stout, heavy coffee and choclate flavors. The softer, sweeter stouts always tend to go down better....
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2004 Looks like a big class of flat cola, deep brown-black, no head whatsoever. Nose is tobacco and oaty. Taste is nicely smoky, some good roasts and hints of coffee. Thin, but not unpleasantly so, is very drinkable.
Nuffield (3546) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Better, I think, than the Kalamazoo Bells Double Cream Stout. Good, dark head, clear dark 85% opaque body. It hits some chocolate notes early, with lactose finishing notes. Not especially rich in texture. Still, very good. (on tap, Pennsylvania Microbrewers Fest 2003)
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - JUN 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
very nice stout.
opaque with a dense head, ample lace.
nice aroma of cocoa, hazelnuts chocolate and malt.
taste livedup to the nose with a complexity rarekly achieved in sweet stouts. good creamy palate.
PhillyBeer2112 (2474) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
55 deg in a straight sided pint glass.
Quite an opaque dark brown, with a small but dense head.
I like the aroma - a good stout smell. Roasted malts, toasted nuts, chocolate, slightly husky. Nice.
Ah, just the kind of flavor I want in a sweet stout. A sweet chocolatey malt up front, light roasted malts around the edges for contrast, and a long dry nut-chocolate finish.
Perhaps just a tad light on mouthfeel, drinking like a brown porter. I believe a sweet stout can stand being one of the heaviest stouts this side of the imperial style.
Overall a nice quaffable stout with plenty of rich malty flavor and just a kiss of hops which add moderate bitterness in the finish.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich opaque black color with a thin cream colored head. Sweet lactic oatmeal aroma. Very smooth roasted flavor well balanced with a touch of sugary sweetness. Body is creamy and robust, one of the best sweet stouts I've had. Thanks slob!
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly black appearance. Milk chocolate mixed with coffee and a nice bit of roast to top off a delicious nose. The body offers a pleasant spritziness which moves a good roastiness across the tongue. Hints of minty hops towards the end. Lingers bitter at the end with some nuts materializing and the coffee coming through again. Very nice stout, complex. I love the timing (if I can call it this) that the flavors decide to come out.
freekyp (1452) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2005 Deep smoky roasty nose. Huge tan head, middling retention. Very creamy. Fantastic deep coffee flavor with sweet smoky notes. No doubt their best... ****Second Tasting 08212004 - On Tap at Bube’s Brewery**** is creamy as I remember it. Overly tart with raisny notes.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2003 Huge smoky aroma and flavor--smoke like real cigarette smoke. Very tasty. Fared well in a 'stout-off' with Bell's Kalamazoo and Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Manayunk beerfest in Phila. Good beer. Like drinking chocolate milk.