Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A super deep garnet color. The head is a huge, frothy tan leaving pillowy cloud formations. The aroma is very interesting. Bitter chocolate, burnt coffee, buttered toast, raisins and red wine grapes. An interesting hop presense shows up after moving away from the nose. The palate is very smooth and creamy. The flavor has a interesting woodiness to it, which accompanies the port and stout characteristics. The bitterness from the coffee, chocolate and hops seems to be mellowed out a slight sweetness toward the end. An interesting idea for a beer. Enjoyable and unique.
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Eye-catching mahogany/black. Sweet aromas cascade out of the glass, plus a generous waft of alcohol – strange considering this brew weighs in at only 4.8% alc./vol. A touch of dark chocolate, chalk and rain water rounds out the nose. Head doesn’t stay around very long. Once the brew hits the tongue, the dark chocolate flavour-profile really jumps to the fore, with an ingredients list borrowed from the back of a bar of chocolate: bitter cocoa powder, sugar and salt. The length is little short, but when something tastes this good, the aftertaste can never last long enough.
Laugesen (5) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2003 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fine dark brown colour. A mild taste of port and sweet liqourice. In my opinon I would prefer a little higher level of alcohol.
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice light brown head and black body. Aroma; dark chocolate, little liqourice, some port perhaps?. Full and smooth. Mild taste with a salty-bitter finish. Stout is not my favourite style.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, murky brown color with a once large, later thin film, beige head...lots of yeast sediment at the bottom of my glass. The aroma was very fruity, vinous, and roasted coffee. The flavor was much more present in the flavor...some coffee, some bitterness, and dark fruits. Somewhat thin feel, but enjoyable...smooth, and not crisp on the tongue...wet finish.
Dogbrick (10740) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours a deep dark brown with a ruby hue and a thick light tan head. Both the head and the lacing are foamy and lasting. Slightly vinous aroma with roasted malt and coffee as well. The body is not as rich as a lot of Stouts, and the taste leans toward a bitter coffee, along with cocoa/chocolate and malt. The port wine that is added does not really enhance the flavor much but it is more present in the aftertaste. I like what this Stout is hinting at, especially considering Port wines are among my favorite. The finish is somewhat dry and bitter and lingers with the coffee and Port flavors. Overall this is pretty good.
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.