skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2004 The pour is just beautiful on this one - pitch black with a tan head, mild carbonation and great lacing. The aroma includes elements of the vine, with some raspberry even. What shows up at the beginning of the aroma (a chocolate blast) hits the tongue first, then comes the sweet, warm anise (jager) finish. There is a little touch of coffee, but not the dryness and only a touch of bitter. This is really sweet nectar.
wvernon1981 (21) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JUL 10, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Another great beer. Very strong tasting porter, dominant chocolate flavor with a little coffee. Very smooth and thick to palate, almost mildly syrupy. Definitely oen of my favorites.
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2009 Simply amazing. I’ll take this stout over just about anything anytime I can get it. Can’t say enough good things about it. I’ll let those w/ a lot more tallent than I give the techincal breakdown, from me you’ll get just this.... Drink it!
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - JUN 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted from a bottle, thanks Joe. Pours with a very thin white head, colour is an opaque blackness. The aroma and flavour match up well very dark and sweet. They both are very sweet with caramel and rasin notes. The alcohol is impeccably hidden and produces only a pleasant warming sensation in the finish. There is also a small hop bite at the end. My 1st top 50.
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted in NYC. Tasted at brewtopia 04. Aroma is of alcohol, licourice and very sweet burnt caramel. The appearance is dark brown with an almost reddish black colour. There is a thin but tan tobacco coloured head. Taste is of burnt licourice and burnt malt / caramel.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 Not quite what i expected. overall just an average stout in my opinion. dark, chocolaty, coffee’, and alcohol was very strong. my favorite part about it was its change of pace compared to the sierra nevada pale ale and orval ale i had earlier. but didnt stand a chance against expedition and speedway.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Coloring. Burnt Flavor. Chocolate. Been a while since I’ve had it. Need to try again. Very Strong...remember to be an excellent stout.
JMerritt (1902) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a thick, light-brown head. Citrisy hops, milk chocolate, roasted nuts, light coffee, and alcohol in the aroma. Very full bodied and milky smooth. Roasted malts and fantastically bitter hops fight for dominance throughout the entire flavor. Finish is massively bitter, so much so that it nearly brings tears to your eyes. Salty lingering aftertaste underneath all of the hops. Could use more malt to help mellow out the flavor profile -- it seems to be overhopped as is. My 600th rating.
DomiNate (123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark chocolatey pour. Thin to no head. Aromas of malt and roast come out from the pour. Light tanginess. Taste of roast and mocha. Little smoke flavor. Good brew
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Huge brew, similar in spirit to some quadrupels but with characteristic stout burnt and roasted malts, a touch of astringency.