Reid (1719) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
OK I just love the Orkney Breweries pint bottles..great shape and classy label.With Viking longship prow.
This is a beautiful beer to behold very solid black..with a great coffee and creme coloured head..very attractive.
Smell also is good..very strong hints of chocolate , roasted malts..fresh despite it being all the way here in Oregon.
The taste is rather weird though,,but in a good way..very woody, salty..on top of dark chocolate I wonder if they used the same process for growing the barley Heather Brews used for "Kelpie"?
MOuthfeel while comfortable..ios too thin for a great stout.
Overall a good drinkable stout..nice for the low alcohol.
guzzler67 (1456) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown appearance with a thick tan head. Roasted malt aroma with an earthy edge. Medium-bodied flavor heightened by the taste of coffee. Pleasantly bitter, dry finish.
3fourths (7525) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is an oily mixture of vegetables, grains and old coffee. Flavor is a very pale and light chocolate, with a creamy note towards the end. Not much happening here.
envane (563) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dry with chocolate/roasty flavours, a hint of sour.
However, have to agree with many others here that this was a bit too watery to really make a big impact.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a heavy hitter in the ABV department, but a very tasty and enjoyable stout. Smooth creamy flavor.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - FEB 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black color; brown, creamy, generous head. Very nice aroma: coffee, roasted malt, bread. Quite good body, a bit too dry. Thank Jens (Ungstrup).
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2004 Pitch black color with lots of tan head and lacing. The head stays around for the long hall. The aroma is very roasted with lots of french roast coffee & milk chocolate notes as well, light soy sauce once it warms up. The flavor is very smoky and nonassertive. Very balanced finish, not too bad, good solid flavors and a good finish.
hopscotch (8368) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours pitch black with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki-colored head. Decent retention and lacing.
If all beers could smell this good... rich, malty, chocolatey, nutty (pistachio) and woodsy (walnut). The flavor is almost absent compared to the nose. Well-balanced, but spritzy. Light-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Lengthy, desert-dry finish. Not one of my favorite styles, but a very good dry stout.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, with a pretty head, coffee-colored and very creamy. Smells a bit chocolatey, some hops, but pretty restrained. Flavor is roasty, plenty of burnt wood, little bit of chocolate. Decently creamy.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Initial aroma out of the bottle was excellent full of chocolate and hops. The color is a dark brown with a large tan head. After that the aroma was more medinial with some of the prior aromas mixed in. The flavor was nonexistent when I finally tasted it. The body was watery. Don't think I'll be passing this way again.