flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown color with a small beige head. Strong roasted coffee bean aroma, with a little malt. Lots of coffee, some malt and chocolate. Good.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color, almost opaque, with some ruby highlights and a small beige head. The aroma was dominated by strong roasted coffee tones...some chocolate as it warmed. The flavor was equally one-dimensional...tons of coffee. Fizzy mouthfeel...not appropriate for a stout.
Nuffield (4033) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Unexceptional to my taste, especially compared to the quality of their porter. Some hops in the flavor, not exceptionally rich, nor a long finish. I guess I defined this beer by what it was not. A ring of head with a slightly hazy and very opaque appearance. Sorry, it just didn't impress me. (on tap at Ringlers/Crystal Ballroom, Portland)
bako666 (1) - USA - FEB 17, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
It's the best beer there is, nothing compeers. The taste is unbelievable and you drink it pitcher after pitcher after pitcher. If you like dark beer this is the best.
aracauna (3488) - Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, but not really black. I can see a ruby red glittering through the middle from a distance. The head is a yellow tan, a bit fizzy and short lived. The aroma is roasty, but little else. The flavor is a bit cola-like, a bit of smoke, a little chocolate and nuts. Interesting but a bit thin.
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour with brown edges and a little head and lace. Chocolate malts, raisins or plums come out in the aromas. Coffee bursts into the scene now mixing with chocolate and roast malts giving it a hint of mocha. Smooth and creamy going down. Very easy drinking. Great stout.
freshksig (3) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - FEB 6, 2004 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
All I have to say is "Ruebinator"!!! I stopped at McMenamins for St. Patty's day last year on my way back from teh coast and ended up filling the back of my truck with "Terminator" and "Rueby". If you want a similar concoction look at my rating for CDA's Polar Bear Stout.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2005 Black, ruby edges, tan head, decent lacing. Nose of light lactic roast, chewy, not much fruit. The flavor is a bit thin and acidic but nice to drink. Finishes creamy and nice. A subtle yet inviting blend of smoke and chocolate flavors with well balanced mouthfeel and quite a feather in the hat as the flagship brew of a big chain.
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
All the motor oil comments on stouts leave me with the thought that this might come from a '74 Nova that had a few hard miles and more than one driver. plus something left in the back seat. I liked it OKAY, but with TERMINATOR I guess I was hoping to be blown away or at least impressed a bit more. For heavens sake I was lying in a king size bed at a resort, so the atmosphere was there. Thinner and much less flavorful than I had hoped.
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown hue with reddish highlights, small creamy tan head and very good lacing. Bold roasted and burnt malt nose with additional aromas of hazelnut, caramel, coffee, aromatic hops, and light plumcake ester. The taste is very malty and balanced with a sublime bitterness. Finishes with a smoky wood and coffee ground character. Interesting, smells like a sweet stout but tastes more like a dry. Could be confused for a british porter than the stouts we are used to seeing here in the states. Thin bodied and fizzy. Weak mouthfeel. Still, a good beer than would be a nice introduction to the style for newbees, worthy of a taste by a stoutie. Thanks Mike for the bottles.