jtw (1138) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
mocha and vanilla, with some spice on the nose--smells drinkable! dark and opaque with a majestic but fleeting head. lots of chocolate malt here, not lots of hops bitterness but plenty of dryness in the finish. tons of flavors swirling around in there, great beer!
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - FEB 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is gorgeous! Typical stout appearance with dusty looking tan head. Smell a veritable explosion of mocha, vanilla, chocolate, and dark fruit. So much so it sears my nostrils. Good things happened when I drained the drops from the bottle with my tongue. Better things happened when I took a sip. It's creamy....and malty....and yummy. Too drinkable. This is effin' FINE stuff.
BBB63 (6394) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black with reddish highlights around base and top, creamy tan head and very good lacing. The aroma hints of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, cashews, sour milk, dried figs, and earthy yeast esters. The taste is boldly mocha and anise. A bitter bite and espresso undertones. Ripe fruits (figs, prune, and raisin) adds depth as well a hint of vanilla bean. The mouthfeel is smooth and dry, some alcohol is detected towards the completion of glass. Overall, a darn solid stout with nice complex nature. Could have done without such a big bite on the palate, but still very drinkable.
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2004
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
another taste test brought me to this one. this isn't a bad stout. a good looking beer with black fluid and creamy head. possesses chocolate, coffee and nuts for a distinct characteristic flavor.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JAN 14, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2004 This is the darkest beer I have ever seen, the body is absolutely black! The head is tall with a very nice looking dark tan color. Absolutely beautiful!!
Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate and tar. Flavor is bitter of dark chocolate and black coffee. Quite hoppy aftertaste. A dry stout and a little too harsh for my liking.
pilsnerrogge (2606) - Finspång, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, dark ruby color. Excellent light brown head. Coffee and chocolate aroma with hints of tar. Silky smooth mouth-feel. Espresso-dry flavor with lots of roasted malt.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark with gorgeous chocolaty head and a cramy lace. Roasted malty aroma with noticeable alcohol. Smooth, slightly creamy, moderate but not overpowering espresso presence, malt character.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coffee, chocolate and treacle in the aroma. Jet black, large firm cappuccino head, lot's of lace. Espresso flavour, roasted malt and liquorice. Full bodied, bitter and oily. Incredible!
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2005 I had it on tap at Andy’s. It has a variety of different flavors in it. It is dark brown in color with a nice fluffy head. It is a lovely stout. Nice and robust coffee flavor. Slight hop character. Caramel notes. Well balanced beer. Full bodied. Enjoyable.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a brandy sniffer. Jet black hue with brown fast disappating head head. Strong chocolaty malt and coffee nose. Pruny and mocha flavour and a bitter chocolate finish with toasted malt hints. A good stout, too sweet to be one of my favourites though.