lowg (148) - Scarborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle, LCBO. Pours almost completely black. Aroma of dark chocolate and fruits. Nice roasty taste to begin with and a rich well rounded finish, though on some sips the alcohol was a tad overpowering.
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black as the night, with a brown head. Smells like cherries. Has a sweet malty taste, with a warm, bitter, alcohol tasting finish. Good stout, but nothing I’d go out of my way to get again.
ReV2 (147) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A classic in the true sense, I’ve been looking for this beer for more years than I care to remember and found it at a knock down price at a place I’d rather not frequent. Pours with a fizzy tan head, quickly diminishing to a flat & lifeless deep brown stout. Velvety mouthfeel, milk chocolate with a hint of vanilla & liquorice and a subtle bitter finish. Long lasting aftertaste and very appealing served cold or at room temperature.
It may be worth noting that my samples were 7.5% & bottle conditioned.
Braincage1 (147) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. An opaque deep red beer with a thin dark brown head. It looks delicious and the aroma enhances that - an amazing creamy milk chocolate and roasted coffee aroma greets you with some smoke and raisin added. The flavor is actually less distinct than the aroma but good qualities of the chocolate and coffee malt remain strong. Bitter finish but bery balanced and easy palate.
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - MAR 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour and a tan head which dissapears rather quickly. Malty and smooooth, great stout.....great stout!
Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice, thick head and intense taste. Heavy on the coffee and malt with some chocolate coming through--a nice blend! Reminds me a bit of a better version of ABC stout. All in all, a fine example of the type.
foosnbrews (145) - Parker, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer poors dark with a dark tan head. Aroma is very mellow but has a nice malty presence. Flavor is excellent with a slight sweetness and rich with notes of toffey and mild chocolate. Alchol presence is suprisingly subdued. Overall this beer is excellent. One of the best stouts I’ve had.
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.
altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Darn good stout...surprised by the "low" overall rating. I took this on MJ’s recommendation, boy was he right on!
rakkasan (142) - Bresso, ITALY - JAN 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle - pours blackish-brown with a large frothy, light brown head. There is lots of caramel, coffee and soy sauce in the nose. The flavor is smoky, earthy and woody with a sweet soy-sauce undertone. I’m not a big fan of stouts but this isn’t bad.