Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a jet black color with a medium sized, tan head that lingers. The aroma is slightly sour with some roasted chocolate and coffee notes. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, the flavor is full of roasted malts and chocolate, with a nice, slightly hoppy, roasted finish and a slight bit of sourness, though just a hint. Not a bad stout, though the sour tones are a little off-putting. Still worth trying.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge roasty aroma with hints of alcohol. The flavor burst out in a roasty, alcoholic, coffee, slightly bitter fire. Crisp feel with an acidic finish. Beautiful black color with a huge creamy, thick tan head. Great!
argo0 (11079) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body with medium dark-tan head. Aroma is malty -- strong roasty mocha, and some cocoa. Taste is semi-sweet, some cocoa, and good roasty bitterness. Creamy, especially once it warms. Not overpowering, but very nice nonetheless.
stephen (308) - California, USA - JAN 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Brewpub. Very clean stout with black patent and roasted flavors dominating. No BS diacetyl in this one. Strong and flavorful. Bid body and excellent lingering finish.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown to black with a brown head. A rich chocolate, burnt roast and malt aroma. Thick and creamy.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate,coffee, thus the usual with a stout, but I can honestly say that I enjoyed this brew. Immpressive for my first of the marin brews. I look forward to indulging on many more.
gilkey (3) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very roasty. Medium body. Some off flavors. Not bad.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another top class west coast stout that tells me I really need to go back and update that Guinness rating. Dark roasted and fruity. Great hop bitterness in the finish that also adds some fruit in the nose.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark black color, large tan head. Chocolate roasted malt aroma. Big-bodied stout. Deep rich roasted malts. Creamy texture, rich chocolate malts, with a touch of fruit. A little sweet. There is a slight hop bite. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and slightly dry. Finish is slightly bitter and a little malty,
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 Tad bit too much alcohol, but besides that...superb sweet chocolate aroma which pours black with a dark tan head, pretty strong alcohol presence with a vigorous coffee finish, almost 'imperial'