MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2002
1.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Iím pretty sure Iím deeply upset that I bought a full six of this. Have had only one, and will possibly rerate once I try another, but on first tasting this is by and large just godawful. Thin body, watery and unimpressive. Looks thin, a sort of cola-esque, vaugely dark but doesnít appear to have much body. Flavor just nasty, tastes largely like burnt coffee. Little hops and no chewiness in any kind of malts. Leaves a residual oiliness in the mouth. If the second one doesnít improve, Iím just simply dumping the rest. Ick.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a rocky tan head.Big roasted coffee nose. Huge dark roasted flavor. Medium body. Decent stout.
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent concoction, whatever you want to call it. Very dark--I couldnít see through it, except at the very edges, but then maybe I just have a very wide glass. A nice mix of traditional flavors: roated, nutty, coffee-like. Notable for its rather dry, bitter finish (enhancing the sense of coffee)--although in the end it struck me as slightly metallic in the aftertaste. Not excessively carbonated, in my opinion.
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice, thin stout compared to others of the style. Slight bitterness and less roasty/malty than other stouts. Not bad though. Havenít yet had the Imperial Stout by North Coast but it is in my fridge.
PorterPounder (5097) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Must have just hit Tallahassee! Expected more from North Coast - a little chalky tasting. Initial aroma - sweet and delicious - but quickly mellows. Not real familiar with ídryí stouts - so probably a good representation of the style - but I prefer the imperial.
Aurelius (3844) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lotsa patent malt in there with Cascade hop. Clean drinking but a understandably a little disappointing compared to Old Rasputin Imperial Stout made by North Coast.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong roasted coffee aroma protruding from the richly opaque body. The finish is a bit bitter for its style, but the body is relatively thick. A respectable stout.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer should be renamed Old No. 38 Porter, because thatís what it is. With that in mind, it should garner better ratings. It seems raters have dinged this brew because it incorrectly bills itself as a stout. As a porter, itís sufficiently coffee-ish and roasty to satisfy the staunchest porter-head. You can see through the glass and the body is appropriately thin for the style.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color, medium head. Deeply roasted malts, coffee and chocolate flavor, some hop spiciness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and slightly dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, some malt sweetness. Taste is a little thin for a stout, but still a very nice beer.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - SEP 25, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Overall a pretty good stout. Just a tad to carbonated in my opinion. Nice aroma and flavor.