shadey (1820) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2007 Black opaque color with a beautiful thick creamy head. Some slight lacing on the glass. Dry roast aroma that is very enticing. Smooth rich palate that makes it exceptionally easy drinking. Simply brilliant.
2004 Bottle. Best Before Date of Feb 2005. A little over 3 years old. Aroma is still rich and roasty... maybe a touch faded. Flavor still has plenty of chocolate and roast. This has aged well - perhaps a little faded but this is more than expected after 3 years in the cellar. Iím pleasantly surprised.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 Black pour with sediment left in the bottle. Taste had a slight metallic thing going on along with a thin bodied roast taste. All the other flavors are also on the light side. I wouldnít drink this again if I didnít have to.
Garrat (1249) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 From A Bottle.Almost black in colour,nice head,chocolate,coffee aroma,big dark fruit flavour,thick and rich.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 Dark brown with a nice, lasting tan head. Aromas are a little slight, mocha and some fruitiness. Good mocha flavors, some dark dried fruit (dates, raisins, prunes). Alcohol flavor gets in the way.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich, complex flavors: chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, mocha, caramel... Ans a superbly creamy texture. Everyone Iíve ever served this to becomes a convert.
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled: Poured a translucent black with mahogany highlights. Smallish head with some lacing. Subdued chocolate aroma. Flavour was a mellow blending of coffee, toast and chocolate resting on a backbone of alcohol. Thin body, smooth dirty toasted malt finish. Not exceptional but nice and balanced.
steview (1011) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this is a really good stout! sweet, cremey, a bit light but thatís good because it makes this a very quaffable beer, high alcohol and i canít tell until iíve drank most of it. most notable flavors are chocolate, coffee, and a good cigar.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly black, with a huge head. Sweet rather sorghum-like aroma. Touches of smoke and tar as well. Coffee and loads of sweet malt flavor. Quite light bodied. Fairly sweet, sucrose-like. Very flavorful, though, and I like this. Thanks Eric!
Cdog (32) - Farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is an outstanding stout. Very well balanced between hops and malt with an velvet like dark brown head. Dark black color but very soft on the palate. Good coffee background flavor
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours oily black - very dark & medium head. Aroma of coffee and wine. Roasted malt flavors dominate. Warming and quite smooth. Somewhat of a greasy mouthfeel.