TheBeerGod (5250) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich black with a medium tan, puffy, head. Aroma is soaked in roasted malt, some cocoa, light coffee, and a hint of wood. The taste seems reminescent of Old Rasputin to me. Chocolate, coffee, roasted or burnt malts, and perhaps smoldering wood. The body is a little thin but this is very drinkable. Good stout!
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark black with brown edges. What little head there was left quickly. Very small aromas in this one. Some chocolate malts, some roast. Not a lot more. Flavors stand out a bit more. Chocolate comes out strongly, some more of the roasted malts. Licorice almost in this one, somewhat of a root beer flavor as well. Medium body, not too bold. Nice stout.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a dark brown/molasses color with almost no head that dissapates quickly. Aroma is almost nonexistant. flavor is chocolately roasted and bitter with a sour aftertaste.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours black, opaque with a small dark brown head and slight lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate covered cherries, prunes, burnt malts, spruce hops. Heavy malt flavors, dark dried fruits, smokiness, espresso and a bitter hop finish - a little unbalanced compared to other stouts. Thick bodied, minimal carbonation. Pretty good stout overall.
BBB63 (6042) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 #5 of my Stouts of November: Opaque with a good frothy light brown head and fair lace, bottled conditioned. Outstanding aroma of molasses, dark chocolate, espresso, floral hops, pipe tobacco, bourbon cask tone and moderate alcohol. Taste starts with heavy malt character with good undertones of fruit, vinous and well balanced. Finish was smoky, twangy and coffee bitterness. Full-bodied, lush and oily but not sticky, some alcohol noticable but not overpowering. I spent 15 minutes comparing the smell of beer from the bottle versus the glassware, strangely different. Wonderful big tasting stout with lots of character, nice find. Surprised at the "low average score". Recommended.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells great; cherry, oak, and sugar. Small head that fades away quickly. Taste is roasty and full bodied with a dry, crisp finish. Could use a little more flavor up front, but not bad at all.
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Viscous black body with small brown head. Aroma is rich mocha. Taste is roasty coffee and chocolate, with moderate coffee bitter finish. Full body.
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasty smokey full mouthfeel, dark brown head,will get again. OH DID i SAY CHOCOLATE?
3fourths (8032) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasted coffee beans are big in the aroma, with a nice musty and creamy mixture as well. Big on smoke flavor, with some burnt wood flavors, reminding me of a camp fire. Medium to thick bodied, with a somewhat wet finish, it's a nice combination of lightly sweet chocolate with burnt wood and coffee. Quite a nice stout.
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was really surprised to see this beer rated so low--at the moment 3.59 with 42 ratings--when other than a slightly lighter body than I prefer there was a really lovely roasted quality here. It poured 99% opaque with a bit of head and some signs of carbonation but there was that was gone after no more than a minute in my glass. In every way I thought this was a stronger, richer beer than expected, with some qualities that would sit well next to a Bells Expedition. Deep fruit aroma, like an infused coffee, suggesting some burnt hazlenuts, almonds, and vanilla. The flavor is sharply roasted, explodes with chocolate, and exudes coffee. Bitterness is very mild, the alcohol shows up a little in the aroma but not in the flavor (it is only 5.5% abv afterall). The mouthfeel was adequate--smooth and moderately silky but not deep. The lasting effect was the long finish of roastiness rather than the sensation on the palate. Quite dry. Overall, extremely enjoyable--nothing offensive, perhaps a few signs of weakness, but a bold and worthy stout.