BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark with very tan head that stays around VERY long (>2 hours for me).
Aroma is lively with fruit and roasted coffee. Chocolate is very present, almost like a baltic. Flavor is dry and wet. Finishes very smoky and full of coffee with a large but plesent mouthfeel. Overall this was a very nice surprise, I was expecting something bland.
sloth (2483) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slight, dark brown head that makes a short appearence. Black, opaque. Buttery, roasty, hoppy, licoricey nose. Full bodied. Chocolatey, roasty, coffee and some bourbon like notes also. Nice mouthfeel. Finish is fairly dry and roasty.
guzzler67 (1501) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch dark appearance with virtually no head. Roasted malt aroma with a good dose of chicory and chocolate to entice the senses. Dense, malty taste with little bitterness and more than enough sweetness. Smooth, rich finish.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A real good stout. Had a real nice coffee flavor with a slight choclate flavor. Drank very smooth. An above average stout.
jgb9348 (4734) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black colour with a dark brown dense head of 1 centimetre. Aroma of roasted malt & pit fruit. A bit sweet and a bit bitter, but very nice and complex. Medium-bodied; roasted malt taste with very obvious tastes of coffee. More subtle tastes of chocolate and dark fruit: raisins, plums, raisins, etc. as well. The palate is left high & dry, bittered out from the roasted malt! A pretty good beer, spot on for the style and perhaps a bit better than average. Worth trying, because it's probably available to you, if it's available to me in Virginia! I bought my 12 ounce bottle at Total Wine in McLean, Virginia.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Awesome roasted flavor. Ground coffee beans. Smokey. Drink this and be merry. A tad too much carbonation, however.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark, black body with a medium brown head of fluffy bubbles. Smell is chocolate malty balanced with bitter dark roast coffee and some brown sugar. Beer feels medium thick and creamy in mouth, with not much carbonation. Has a very silken feel on the tongue. Taste is all things dark and roasty malts paired with a deluxe creaminess; a very effective duo that works well here. Aftertaste is more roasted notes and coffee bitterness. Alcohol is camoflagued heavily and definately out of site. My only gripe about this beer is the relaxed (idle really) hops that seemed to miss roll-call on my palate. Still, this beer is a keeper and a very good one at that.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUL 19, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark black color with a nice beige head. The aroma was pure roasted coffee goodness...some nice smoke and chocolate tones as well. The flavor was very roasted...smoky tones mixed with a sweet/milky chocolate character rounded out the finish. Decent carbonation and a feel that seemed too thin, but maybe I'm thinking of this as an imperial stout (the aroma would make one think so.) Wonderful stout. I'm glad I got a sixer instead of a single bottle.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2003 Very dark with a dark khaki cottonball-like head. Toasty aroma starts out as molasses, prune, coffee, with a little pine, and very little chocolate. Tart aromas come on as it warms bringing to mind cherries. Somewhat sweet with the requisite sour roasty finish. However the finish then moves into a bit of licorice and a lingering earthiness that is quite fascinating. Finish gets smokier as it warms. Great stout.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - JUN 11, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. No freshness date. Sorry gang, I just don't see this as a premium stout. Poured out a very dark brown, with a dark tan head. Aromas mostly of roasted malt, with some expresso notes as well. Fast fading head left clumps of yeast as an island in the middle of the glass. Strong roasted flavor to it, gets stronger as it warms up. Not much in the way of hops here at all. Strong coffee finish to it. Velvety, coats the tongue with a thin syrup coating. Tastes good enough, but not a premium stout in my book.