RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice. Pours an opaque black with a HUGE lasting tan head. Aroma is slightly sweet, roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor is a well balanced mix of sweet and sour: hints of plum, sugared dark roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate with a pleasant undercurrent of alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is slightly gritty ... not sure about that. Overall, though, an excellent stout.
aardvark95 (2) - Venetia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent Stout. This is not Guiness. It should be classifed as an Imperial stout with all that alcohol. So many flavors you won’t be able to drink just 1.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2004 Pours black with a thick head that stays. Aroma is sweet dark fruit, chocolate and something else that I couldn’t quite place but was a little odd. Flavor is a mix of bitter dark roast, bitter chocolate and sweet dark fruit. From the aroma I thought that this beer would be too sticky sweet but the roasted bitterness balanced it nicely. The palate was full in the beginning but finished thin yet not in an unsatisfying way, making it very rich yet very drinkable.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black as coal with a rich thick beige head. Roasted coffee, milk chocolate, blue plums, cherries with a small alcoholic bite in the aroma. Roasky and slightly burnt flavour of roasted coffee, cherries and glue. Creamy and soft mothfeel. Long roasty and coffee bitter finish. Cozy and warming beer.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Opaque black, nice tan head. Hearty roasted coffee aroma that nicely follows through into the flavor - this is a good representation of the style. Some cherry flavor in the finish. Well-balanced, good followthrough, nicely done.
Cornfield (5465) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2005 A beautiful chocolately brown head with an aroma to match, this is what I’d always imagined a stout could be if the brewers worked at it. Dark brown in color with a deep malty, burnt chocolate flavor to match, it slides down the throat unchallenged by any overbearing flavors of alcohol or sweetness or anything offensive. As of my first sip, my favorite stout.
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Suttree (5118) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Trade from Footbalm - Thanks! Dark brown, tan head. Woodsy, earthy (mushrooms?) aroma. First flavors are initially spicy, and peppery, with a hint of burnt toast and tar. Crisp hop finish. Thin for a stout, but it fits with the beer. Nice and even kind of refreshing.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from pioneer 74th street NYC
black w/ tan head,roasty smell,dark malts mabey.
thick rich mouthfeel, coffee and chocolate taste,
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an opaque black, slight ruby hues. Nice thick brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, perhaps slightly of yeast. Mouthfeel is full, roasted malts predominate. Hops are used appropriately. Quite tasty.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4895) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 Michael Jackson was right about this being an exceptional beer. A remarkably interesting beer that i stock up on every winter. +++ Sampled from a rather pretty 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a large creamy dark brown head. I don’t think a stout can look much better than this one does in the glass. There is a nice roasted malt aroma with a decent hop presence and a hint of sour fruit. The flavor is malty and complex with a mix of chocolate, hops and almost spice. The hops, while noticeable are not overwhelming. The beer is surprisingly sweet and has a long malty chocolate finish. The body is full and smooth. Excellent.