sayravai (4666) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottled) Almost pitch black color with a large, cocoa-brown, lacy head. Very roasted-malty, quite dry and chocolatey aroma. When warm, the aroma is much like in imperial stouts. When even warmer, the aroma turns somewhat port-wineous. Black coffee - milk chocolate - roasted-malty flavor. Very smooth, reasonably full-bodied palate with balanced carbonation. A very nice, dryish and balanced, quite full-bodied stout. Amazing aroma!
5000 (5606) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours pitch black, only a sliver of light gets through, large tannish frothy head, with fantastic lacing.   Dark chocolate aroma, slightly dry and chalky, with hints of coffee and heavily roasted malts.   Smells tasty!   Roasted malt mikly goodness, with a smidgen of cocoa and coffee beans.   Good body, but somewhat medium mouthfeel.   Roasty finish, lingering malts, very subtle coffee bean and cocoa flavor.   Very minor apple skin on the aftertaste.   Tasty!
Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black with a big brown head. Weak aroma of roast, chocolate and licorice. Flavor of sweet malt, chocolate and coffee.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yum - this is a tasty stout. Super creamed coffee with big hints of dart fruits and chocolate and licorice around every corner. A bonus of hops with every sip. Body is very smooth and creamy. Another treasure from my New Jersey trip.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m a sucker for big fat stouts, and this baby is one fine example. A rich, complex aroma brimming with all the flavours you expect of such a hearty brew- and more: Fruitcake, prunes, figs, coffee, coveture chocolate. I’m in heaven, and the dry sherry touch to the tongue adds yet another extraordinary element to an already excellent stout. I will definately revisit this one time and again.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a tan fluffy head that lasts a couple minutes or so. Coffee aroma. Sweet malt body with an all coffee finish. Just o.k.
northbear (3) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2004 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a rich black with a full brown head. Caught hints of coffee and chocolate in the aroma that were even more apparent in the flavor. Nice balance of hops in the finish.
zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [330 ml. bottle] Dark black pour with a thick brown head. Chocolaty and malty aroma with a slight touch of hops. Flavor starts with a chocolate malt taste and goes to a smooth coffee middle and a slight hoppy bitterness at the end.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with thin mild tan head. Nose is of chocolate and sweet malt. Flavor is velvety smooth, oily and rich, coffeish and dark chocolate. Vibrant hop bitterness lingers in the finish.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark oily brew with a nice tan head.
rich roasted malts and dark chocolate.Tastes very good as I got what my nose was telling me: rich roasted malts,I like that.