Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly
diminishing. Body is dark brown to black, bottle conditioned. Aroma is
moderately malty (chocolate, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), with
notes of red wine and plum. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic,
lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately
bitter. Medium body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation. I'm not
fond of the growing sourness in the finish, but it's a pleasant smelling
and attractive stout.
Bov (9077) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
black colour, fine black tainted head, slightly roasted, cocoa and pine aroma with subtle notes of portwine, incredibly smooth and creamy, sparkling, the finish is tart, bitter and dry with roasted notes of coffee and dark fruits
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost black with some redness. Has a big thick tan head. Aroma of roast, vinious fruit and coffee. Flavor is roasty and bitter. Long dry and bitter finish. Very good.
guzzler67 (1484) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good looking dark brew with a nice head and attractive lacing. Aroma was restrained, mostly fruit. Roasted malt taste with a bit of a cherry-like finish, Aftertaste was thin and a bit astringent. Not bad, just one that I probably would not order again.
Suttree (4908) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2003 Called "Ruby Stout" on my bottle. Garnet to dark purple and very "Grapey" smelling. Not at all the flavor I was expecting, though. I was thinking that it would have a kind of gooey port flavor, but instead is very dry. Lighter, too. Maybe I can taste a little port, maybe not. Very subtle.
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, not very stoutish if you ask me. However it had a tawny taste that hits the palate at first, then it was followed up by a very rich and flavorful mouthfeel, that was quickly ended by something metallicy. Not to bad, but I expected different, but I did enjoy this brew.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer poured a very dark ruby red color and formed a nice medium tan foamy head that laticed the glass with lace as it subsided. Some carbonation was present. The aroma was of malt and wine with some chocolate elements. The flavor was of malt and some wine was present, with a fairly light body for this style and some bitterness in the finish. Not a bad stout, but then again, nothing special about it either.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color, hazed a bit. Mostly coffee in the nose. Smooth body, almost flat I though. Good bitterness and coffee in there, finishes long.
nigos (630) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Toasted malt and coffee aroma. Black hue with a decent lasting light brown head. Full bodied, complex and vey dry. Great flavours of coffee, chocolate, toasted malt. A stout of massive power and flavour. A beer of character, I almost feel like cracking open a bottle of Grahams.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
(Best by 12/23/03) Nice aroma of roasted barley and coffee. The palate is light, dry, bitter, and very coffee like. I do not taste one iota of port in this beer, which is a disappointment. The finish is dry and roasty. I find this beer to be adequate. I was expecting a little sweetness or alcohol from the addition of port. I feel the brewer should have made the addition of port noticeable especially after touting its addition on the label.