Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep chocolate brown body, thin tan/brown head. Rich aroma of chocolate, licorice, and molasses. The body was quite rich and oily with tart rich chocolate, licorice, smoke, and charcoal with a tangy and woody mouthfeel. Reminded me of an English stout or perhaps even a Baltic Porter. Also somewhat similar to Dark Horse Cream Stout but with stronger soy notes. Good stout.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a quickly dissipating brown head. Roasty aroma with the usual elements of coffee, and mocha. Nice medium-full body, creamy feel, lots of roasty bitterness but not overly so, balanced nicely by the sweeter nuances. Very good stout.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Actually, I think their porter looked more like a stout than this stout, but nevertheless, the aroma is chock full of roasty chocolate, and is very pleasant. Great, smooth finish, nice smokiness - not overpowering like others I’ve had in the past. I strongly agree with those who’ve mentioned the espresso-ness to it.
notalush (5360) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque pour with an intense, burnt brown head - complex aroma of chocolate, toffee, some vanilla - a little on the thin-bodied side, but the flavor does a good job at trying to make up for that - carmelized brown sugar, dark roast coffee, chocolate and a touch of liquorice all make apearances - espresso bitterness in the finish - don’t see what’s exactly "extra" about it, but good none-the-less.
sfontain (845) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours opaque black with a tiny, dark brown head that disappears into a tiny ring around the surface of the beer. Lovely aroma of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavor is still a little roastier than I care for, but it does mellow out a little as it warms up; plenty of coffee, chocolate, toffee, and roastiness; not overly hopped, but the hop presence is there. Mouthfeel is very nice--pretty thick and sticky. Another good stout, but it still ain’t no Anchor Porter.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very tasty stout. Quite "quaffable" as the saying goes. I could see drinking several of these in a row as they are smooth and delicious, and light on the roastiness that keeps many stouts from getting the quaffable label. A well made beer that puts the word "craft" into the term "craft brewing."
hopscotch (10083) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2007 Rating #1500... This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, frothy, well-tanned head. Crimson highlights when held up to the Sun. Although the ABV is fairly low, this ale has a lot of Imperial Stout qualities. Full-bodied with notes of espresso, cocoa and smoke in both the flavor and aroma. Oily mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Lengthy, burnt, dry finish. Very, very nice!
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark pour with small caramel head. Scent of bitter chocolate and mild roastiness. Very nice nose. Nice roasted bitterness in the flavor - the hops, chocolate and slight coffee bounce around in unison. Light on the tongue. A delicious brew!
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Okay here ya go this is pretty good. Dark with a medium brown head that is quickly discipating. Nose is sorf bitter with some chocolate. the taste is bitter with chocolate and hops. Clean and crisp. Pretty good.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Number 500. Another milestone. And the luck of the draw gives me a good beer. A stout. My favorite style. This poured opaque black with a frothy tan head. Beautiful, How I like beer to look. Aroma of roasted coffee and hints of chocolate in an inticing combination. Exquisite. Robust, full body with a rich, creamy mouthfeel. Flavor was a wonderful blend of dark roasted coffee with melted dark chocolate in it. Pleasing and satisfying. Quite good.