JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown w/ lots of coffee notes. Nice drinkable beer. It's a very smooth stout
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown beautiful color with a small tan bubbly head. The nose is of chocolate...sweet, malty. Tasting of coffee and chocolate. Roasted malts with a slightly dry finish. It has a good amount of carbonation...medium body. Worth drinking again.
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasted and nutty, with a touch of coffee overtones, yet it leaves a hint of sweetness in the air. It pours deep dark brown , Iím just barely able to see through it, yet it is crystal clear and shadowy. The head is a foamy beige blanket that fades and forms a nice thick ring around the top. Starts out a bit acidic and tart, but turns into a big roasty flower of barley in the middle. The finish is smooth, with a slightly burnt tinge at the very end. A very nice stout, that I wouldnít hesitate to buy again.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby color, one of the lightest stouts Iíve had. Biege head left decent lacing. Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt in the nose and flavor. Bitter roasted malt aftertaste, medium-full mouthfeel. Very similar to Guinness, a good dry stout.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark,heavy roasted flavor. touches of chocalate and a coffee. decent beer
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate, coffee and a nice dry, roasted flavor at the end. Very appropriate for dry stout category. I like this beer a lot.
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow, COFFEE! Commercial description was quite on, and I also experienced a fruitiness in the nose. Good, strong stuff...
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
It has been too long since Iíve had this. The archetypal West Coast Stout: hop fruitiness, wonderful chocolate and dry roasted malts. Brilliant.
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am stunned to see the relatively low rating for this beer--even though my rating is not spectacularly high--I appreciate the greatness of this brew. Syrupy black amber colored with a strong roasted coffee aroma and deep chocolate notes--subtlety is certainly not this beerís trademark--quite a coffee monster. Nonpareil, full mouthfeel of coffee roasted, robust to the max with a bitter coffee ground and metallic finish. This beer might be considered a bit overpowering. A stout stout for sure and a dry stout with no known superiors
psychodrama311 (122) - petaluma, Nevada, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
a smooth stout. almost like old rasputian minus the bite. has a very deep coffee taste to it.