rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark muddy brown. Rich aroma and flavour: Aroma: Fruits and cocoa. Flavour: Milk chocolate, coffee but a bit too swet maybe with a clean maltiness. Creamy palate.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark fudge brown, nearly black, thin and firm light brown cap, a slight skim remains once it settles, lacing in thin sheets. Aroma of slight roast, stale raisin, parched prunes, dry cocoa, and anise. Taste is mild with tame roastability and soft chocolate, slight floating sweetness of dry dark fruits, touches of molasses and toffee roast. Doesn’t withstand too much in the flavor dept. or in its length, over far to quickly, but it does incur a certain broad range of capable character. Feel is smooth, a bit sweet and tangy, lightly roasted edge, just shy of a medium body mostly, seems to pick up a bit towards the finish where it drys out with some light cocoa. A fairly decent effort; quick stout flavors and a somewhat healthy body, but good be better. I would consider this over a Guinness on nitro-tap I think?
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cL bottle, snifter. Grain, chocolate, coffee malt (H); merlot, charcoal aromas. Jet black body with a tall, tan, creamy, lasting head. Heavily sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, lightly acidic finish. Slight cherry cola flavor. Medium body, creamy/slick texture, lively carbonation. Feels like cherry cola too. Very nice lacing. The bottom line is: hmm...flavor lacks any of the chocolate and coffee qualities of the aroma....it’s still tasty though.
JK (5127) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, thick, small head. Aroma of malt, roasted wood Flavors of wine and fruits; plums, tastes barrel aged. Heavy palate. Impressive
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice stout. Perfect color, carbonation and head. Taste is roasty, dry and very pleasing. Label states 8% abv. I had a hard time believing this beer was that strong. If so, it is well concealed. Nice beer.
Metalhead (639) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2004 This beer has been sampled several more times and re-rated downward. BB date 3-05. Huge dense head.Beer was dark as strong coffee. It was very soft and the mocha,chocolate notes were too subtle for my taste. Doesn't taste like an 8% beer,more like a 4.5-5%. Mouthfeel was a bit thin. I like my strong stouts to taste just like that,strong with inyerface huge mocha,coffee,chocolate.
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, nice head. Aroma from licorice and coffee. Flavor is cocoa, fruity and with some licorice. Quite a mild stout.
rlgk (14695) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, brownish head. Aroma from coffee and licorice, but also with some nuts. Flavor is coffee, cocoa and licorice, Bitter finish
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice stout with a chocolate flavor that comes out more as it warms. I drank this with a bowl full of some tart cherries, which made an excellent companion.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 30, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2006 A roasty and oily f.s. with just a whisper of oak. Deep, rich and smooth despite the alcohol showing through. A great and powerful (read 8.0%) stout that’s always available at a fantastic price.