Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Overall a good stout. It reminded me a lot of my first (and probably most successful) foray into homebrewing. Chewy and very smooth. This is not a dry stout, it was fairly sweet. 8% alcohol was imperceptible. A great beer for the price!
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good foreign stout, not much more than that. Some mocha/coffee flavors. Not that complex, but very drinkable for a session or two.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2002
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
If I wanted to, I could choke this down and probably end up enjoying it. However, itís a little too dark for my taste and the flavor is rather overpowering.
Ernest (6200) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2012 Can. Head is initially large, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (almost opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate, coffee, husks, cereal), with notes of soy sauce, milk. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, husky. Medium body, creamy/oily texture, lively carbonation. Honestly? Itís a little unpleasant. I liked this 6-8 years ago, but, well...itís got some unattractive malt character mixed in and some soy sauce and lactose as well. My stomach clenches up a bit every time I take a sniff, and thatís not a good thing. Odd sourness in the mouth (again like milk, thatís started to turn) and a grainy aftertaste. It isnít horrible, but itís certainly not the high 3ís sorta beer I used to take it for, at least for my tastes these days.
Choke (96) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2002
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This stuff was so hyped up in my local store that i had to try it,,i wasent impressed, smooth but bitter
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stuff literally came exploding out of the bottle and poured a huge and beautifully beige head. The aroma is intriguing - iíve been out boiling sap in a big iron kettle and it reminds me of that swirl of steam and woodsmoke, with chocolate accents. The taste is complex, too, and excellently expresses the chocolate promise of the nose, dried cherries, and, I kid you not, smoked fish! And I mean that in the best sense of well smoked whitefish from northern Michigan. And all of this goodness comes to you through an amazing velvety texture. This is a superb stout!
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice roasted flavor, not a bad stout.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad stout. Roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate flavors. A bit skunky on the aromw, but roasted malt still present. A little thin, but not terribly so.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin, with a decent chocolate taste. Pretty good, but not great.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a bad stout but I have to agree it is a little thin for a stout and it also suffers from a bad case of being too hyped up. Nice mocha chocolate taste.