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A rich Foreign Style Stout whose sweetness is beautifully balanced with ample hops and bold roastiness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Black color, tan head. Muskat grapes in the aroma, special b, raisin. Nice roasted flavor, lots of complexities here. Bright & medium boded throughout. This is the opposite end of a thick imperial stout with tons of coffee & chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2002
Very smooth black and creamy (nitro), with malty nose and a nice rather mellow roasted flavor, and some sweetness to balance it. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2011 2003 version. Close to pitch black with a brown head. Very fresh and sweet aroma of chocolate, maple and sweet cherries and mint. Plum, cherries and smoked strawberries in the nose. Syrup texture throughout, with an Imperial-like dark fruit and nut quality. Very smooth, with bitter and roasted chocolate finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11636) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2004
(RBSG04) BLack body with beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, roasty, chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, roasty, chococoffee, some earthy/floral. Medium body. A bit too sweet for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (5894) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - JUN 5, 2004
Pitch black with a tan head. Java aroma. Highly bittered at first, but it settles into just the after taste. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2004
So this is their flagship beer, and with good reason. Good taste of fruit, maybe raisins or grapes. Some chocolate elements in play too. Alcohol taste factors in perfectly. Good medium body. Fun stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2003
incredible in every way a giant aroma and dripping in stout greatness....NOT!!! tastes like a weak porter with a slightly more roasted aroma

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Dark black color. Aroma is roasted malts and coffee. A medium body stout. Malts are roasted, coffee and chocolate. Slightly spicy. Kind of thin and watery. Very muted flavors. A little weak tasting. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3551) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2004
On tap at the brewery. I had this both on tap and off the cask to compare them. Very dark beer with a mocha foam head. Tap version had burnt coffee nose with a molasses and dark brown sugar sweetness. There was a faint unpleasantness of coffee grounds and cigarette butts. Green hop finish that disappeared quickly. The cask had a much better head and a much creamier mouthfeel. Better coffee flavors in the cask. It seems better balanced. It is definitely better on cask (served at the right temp. too), but not a great stout to begin with. (Numbers reflect cask version.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2004
Tap@Lucky Labrador. Really well made. Rich and roasty as you’d expect in a good stout, mocha and chocolate. A bit soapy which was odd, but very tasty.

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