desurfer (1279) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cascading mocha to black body, creamy nitro head. Light aroma of coffee and chocolate. Virtually no carbonation, tastes like coffee beans. Very smooth. Pretty good stuff.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with dark amber edges and a widget-induced cream head. Has properties of mocha and soy sauce. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. A nice alternative to Guinness available in many bars.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black color with huge head. Nice roasted malt aroma.Taste has a smooth creamy coffee feel to it but not strong. Kind of tastes like a light Guiness.Finishes a little dry but has a nice bitter touch.
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - OCT 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice roasty malt aroma and the appearance can't be beat. Huge tan lasting head with lots of lacing to boot. Dark black color. Flavor is dry, roasty and moderate body. Not a bad brew.
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2003
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
to me, it tastes like a watery guiness. smells and tasted a bit like expresso. poured black with a thin head that lasted the entire glass. still not a fan though.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2003 I jumped the gun and drank my first one when it was like 80 degrees and nearly gagged. Something about pure warm bitterness disgusts me. However, after i chilled a few, the taste was very similar to guinness. Leaves a much better taste in my opinion after a little warming than guinness does, however. Chilled: guiness; Warmer: Murphys; Pure Heat: me puking.
r464 (2257) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2012 A good foil to Guiness, the head is big and creamy. It’s smooth and creamy on the tongue but loses it as the head disappates. A little coffee, but not too strong. The nitro can works well here, as with Guiness. Smoother and perhaps less complex than Guiness. Well worth trying again.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful nitro-head of light tan foam atop a rich, dark red chestnut beer. The aroma is faint, but is a bit of a hop floral smell. The atse is also light, with roasted malt and chocolate notes. There is a good sweetness to it, followed with a nice hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and light, with minimal carbonation. Drinkability is near excellent. A solid Irish Stout.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful black smooth stout. This is smoother than Guinness and has less of a bitter aftertaste. It is quite creamy in your mouth and rich chocolate coffee flavor. Proud to have this be my 100th rating.
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can't believe I've never rated this one.
Tar black. When held up to the sunshine, a blood red ale is revealed. Medium-sized, thick, creamy, lightly-tanned head. Cool lacework.
The nose is of milk chocolate, vanilla and coffee.
The flavor is of weak coffee and bitter, dark chocolate.
Light-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Flat carbonation.
Long, dry, bitter finish.