JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
95% opaque, with just a little dark-chocolate-brown color shining through when held to light. Medium-sized, off-white head. Smell is big time chocolate, oatmeal and a little French roast. Beer is huge and flavorful, filling the whole mouth. Taste is tremendous on the taste buds (healthy dose of carbonated zing), with sweet malt up front (not fruity, think: sweet dark chocolate), followed with oatmeal and some soured milk, building towards a big ending of bitter-chocolate and dark coffee. The wave of flavor for this beer is V-shaped, if you will: big beginning, mild medium, huge end. Also, all 3 sections offer a nice contrast from one another making this an enjoyable, rousing stout from one of my favorite breweries. Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington, DC.
Dorwart (2424) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nice deep head which settles nicely. Nice roasty, toasty aroma. Color is a very dark brown but not opaque. Flavor is pretty smooth with dark chocolate, a touch of coffee and plenty of malt. Finish is a dry and a little bitter. I guess the hops they claim is finally showing its head. A decent stout but a little thin and not much kick in the alcohol department.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a black body topped by a thick lasting off-white head with lots of lacing left on the glass. Coffeeish malt aroma with a slight sweetness and a touch of roastiness. Slightly bitter malt flavor with a smokey/roasty character and a very slight sweetness as well as some licorice. Full bodied, slightly tingly yet smooth with a touch of dryness.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice dry stout; flavors are focused on the roast barley/hop bite synergy that make it the kind of dry stout you can drink all night. Not too busy, not a lot of complexity-simply a well made dry stout.
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A robust, extremely dry, bitter stout. Flavor of dry hops and roasted (burnt!) malt. Overall, flavor and aroma is a little lacking, as it is a basic stout without any added flavoring. Good for what it is, I guess.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2004 Nice black with decent tan head. Malt aroma. Taste is smokey with hints of coffee. A good stout, but their Rasputin is better.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep ruby-brownish clear colour. Creamy, foamy, light tan head. Roasted malt and light floral hops emerge from the nose. Roasty toasty palate, medium bodied, but a bit thin...Actually, really thin for a stout, but...Dark chocolate, burnt caramel, finishing pleasantly bitter. Very drinkable, but perhaps Mr. Powers is correct...
ARMed (622) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Smelled very smokey and tasted very hoppy. Poured with a massively bubbly whitish brown foamy head that lasted quite awhile. lacing was excellent. Was turned off by the aroma. Smelled too much of dirty laundry. The taste was bitter, tart, and tangy. Roasted cofee with a highly acidic taste was evident. This was not as near as good as I was hoping.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a near total black that light can barely penetrate. Head is off-white to caramel in color that collapses to near nothing. Aroma is of hops and skunk spray hiding a sweet chocolate. Flavor is a medium hop with light pine needles leaving a dry ending - stripping the mouth out. Its not so bad. Sampled at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It’s great to find that we have another American brewer, North Coast, which continually produces quality beer. * Not that Old # 38 is a mind blowing stout, but it is quality stuff. The aroma is of coffee, chocolate malt, and some hints of plum. The flavor is a bit charred, over roasted malt, but it’s not bad; the finish is dry and bitter. The palate is also a bit watery, but the beer has nice lacing. Decent beer but as I said before, it’s not my favorite dry stout.