kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, deep, deep copper w/a light chocolate milkshake head and fantastic lacing. Roasted barley and port wine aroma dominate initial sniff, then a little chocolate creeps in, but it's very, very light. Little to no fruitiness. Roasted barley and chocolate malt with port wine and caramel to back it up. Bitterness and sourness from dark grains all balance extremely well. Finish is dry w/a roasty aftertaste and very clean. Not a whole lot of fruitiness in this one that I can detect. Hop flavor is also also subdued to non existant. Dryness of m/f seems to come from dark grains instead of hops, w/ a very subdued carbonation. Wow, what a great beer! Much more character than Guinness for a nice session beer.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2004 This is really, really great stout. It looks perfect in my dimple mug, rocky, lasting head and purple-black in color. Lots of purple, plummy flavors in evidence, just really great tasting brew. This one actually lived up to the hype of the label "silver medal" etc. One of the best beers that I have tried for while.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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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 (4525) - 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 (5153) - 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 (2552) - Boulder, 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.