jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 22, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark ruby, more opaque then a typical stout. Very nice frothy small light brown head that leaves nice lacing. Deep dark raosted malt aroma, chocolate and coffee are prominent. Burnt/roasted malt flavor dominates. Very little hops as expected for the style. Body is medium light, a wee bit light for the style. Overall a decent stout but I expected a little more from North Coast.
Crit (3606) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown,lasting tan head.Dry malt & light coffee nose. Dry malt and toasted flavor with dry, but bitter finish. A bit on the thin side
notalush (5458) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one tasty dry stout - intense toastiness all around, with roasted malts downright assaulting the tongue, and sticking around on the palate for a ridiculous amount of time - I would go as far as saying that the dark coffee and chocolate flavors in this one are almost up there with the Old Rasputin - this is that beer's less potent, but just as tasty cousin.
brownaler (394) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Forms an off-white head and is not quite pitch black. Has rich, caramel taste that is pleasing in front and back. It's good to be king.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown, not quite black. Roasted malty and coffee notes in the aroma. Lots of coffee flavors on the palate as well.
Ungstrup (30991) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The flavor is sweet with strong chocolate notes. The color is dark brown and it has a fantastic brown head - looking like a stout should. The flavor is dominated by chocolate and coffee with sweet notes - all coming from a great malt blend. All in all a great beer.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown hue with fluffy tan head and very good lace. Aroma hinted of ripe fruit, vanilla, semi-sweet chocolate, and coffee. The taste was a surprising coffee twang and acadic nature. Not a much sweetness. Bitter dry finish. Thin-bodied with a lively mouthfeel. Very interesting beer, smells sweet but tastes dry. Can't recommend because something seems missing on the palate.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown with amber glints. Off-white to khaki head. Sticky roast and coffee on the aroma with accents of chocolate and light fruit (almost earthy). Full mouthfeel with a sour finish and burnt coffee lingering. Standard stout.
VAYankee (336) - Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep dark brown with a full light brown head. Aroma of roasted coffee with a touch of chocolate sweetness. Strong roasted coffee flavor. Leaves a strong bitter dry aftertaste.
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Sampled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm.
Black, off-white head. Rich aroma of chocolate and coffee. Fruity flavour with notes of coffee, with a bitter ending. Dry palate-feel.