sfontain (832) - 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 (9956) - 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.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This stout pours with a black body topped by a thick, brown head with some lacing. The aroma is bitter, roasty and malty with a slight licorice note, a slight sweetness and some coffee. The flavor is also bitter, roasty and malty with a cigarette smokiness, a strong coffee note and a touch of sweetness. Full bodied, relatively smooth and slightly dry.
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black pour with a thin tan head. Sweet aroma. Some caramel, roasted malt and coffee. A hint of chocolate too. Nice taste! Sweet. Sweet chocolate flavor. Hint of mint? Maybe. Malty as well. Nice on the palate. Pretty impressed with this. Bought this 12 oz bottle at Total Wine in Manassas, VA.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich darkness with a thin brown head. Aroma is sweet, rich and roasty. Body starts caramely sweet and chocolatey with nice balance and complexity. Very smooth and flavorful, a very nice stout.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque silky black color with a small lid of dark coffee bubbles. Rick chocolate, coffee and touch of plastic in the aroma. Fairly light feel, and almost silky. Some light fruit (raspberries) and dark chocolate. Late acid runs amok. Missing some of the roasted malt goodness. Some lactose qualities. Seems like a cross between a sweet and milk stout.