Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Lovely dark, dark brown with a fine, thick and full tan head. Slightly mocha, roasted malt aroma, with hints of fermented blood-plums. Dry with plenty of kick to it. Flor present and visible in the bottom. This is an absolutely fine drop. I definitely be having more of these to refine the rating.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nearly opaque dark brown color with a thick tan head. Roasted malts and a hint of cherries in the aroma. Mostly dry roasted semi-sweet maltiness throughout with a hint of warming port and cherries in the finish. Very little complexity of flavor. A nice idea for a stout, but it could definitely use a thicker more complex body.
RichardGretton (4449) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark strong looking stout with a more alcoholic rather than roasted aroma. Very bitter and dry flavour with less hint of the port element. Overall a very good stout with a slight difference with the inclusion of port.
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark with only a hint of chestnut through the light. initialy tall tan head fades to a small lid. Rick aromas of dark chocolate, port, blackberries and hint of hops. Heavy flavors of roasted grains. Very dry. Interesting in that it seem to promise more than it deliver in the end. Nice aroma, nice start, dry and uneventful finish.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
So, from reading the bottle, this is supposed to be a 'cure' for a hangover....but its only 4.8%. Regardless, This was a nice tarty experience. The ruby port is not overpowering as one might think at first bottle-reading, yet is more of a simple compliment to a fine easy going stout.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich garnet hued liquid. Persistent silky layer of light gray foam. Roasty aroma of cedar, toffee, warm buttered bread, and dried plum. Burnt malt and abundant fruity undertones are coupled with softened notes of phenols, chalk, medicine, and port wood. Firm, fizzy mouthfeel. Slightly creamy. Dominantly notes of roasted barley and high levels of acidity. Phenolic flavors fend the chalky, buttery elements of the dark malts in a strange fashion. Undertones of toffee, licorice, charcoal, cotton, espresso, and port-glazed malts. Finishes substantially bitter with a charred malt, bakerís chocolate lining. Itís a delicious stout, but perhaps more port emphasis would better marry the estery and phenolic aspects. The phenolic/roasted malt blend was outstanding.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Huge white head. Ruby hue, to color. A little
diferent in appearance than I expected. Weak
coffee aroma. Slight bit of sweetness to flavor.
Sugary taste, coffee is present and there is a slight
dry finish with an aftertaste that is lasting.
argo0 (12459) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cola-colored body with big tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, coffee with a light vinousness. Taste is medium sweet, coffee, not much else. Finish is coffee light bitter. Medium body.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
strong coffee falvor with a sweet finish. Has a dry finish due to the wine. Very good.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cherry sweetness and roastiness in aroma. More of the same in the flavor but pretty mild overall. Fair hop bitterness in the finish for a stout.