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.
jazz88 (2558) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black color with a ruby tint in the light. A rich light brown head. A strong coffee aroma with the ruby port coming through in the finish. The flavor is nice and light with chocolate, nuts, coffee, and some cherry. Medium body.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
The addition of Port led me to expect a little sweetness and perhaps a bit more body. Nah. This was just yer basic nice roasty stout, with a good amount of hop in the finish - dry and also lingering.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red color with a dark rich fruity aroma. Not so much red wine aromas but kind of cranberry juice notes. Overal very sweet, typical Stout flavors are balanced with a sort of grainy feeling plum red wine flavor with very light sourness. Interesting and good
Ernest (6259) - 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 (9602) - 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 (1517) - 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 (1509) - 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 (5186) - 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.