aracauna (2920) - Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black, but reddish brown around the edges. The head is probably the darkest I've ever seen for such a weak stout. The brown foam on top of this is what you expect for a 6% or an imperial stout. Instead it's on top of a 4% stout. Quite impressive. I was expecting to be let down, but then I stuck my nose into the glass and the aroma is HUGE. Much fresh coffee aroma. It's kind of like sticking your nose into a bag of coffee. A little chocolate backing it up. The flavor is equally big. A bit sweet, a little smokey, but oh so good. It's a little rich to be a quick drink, but you enjoy every sip. I'm impressed that they packed so much flavor into such a relatively small beer. Kudos to Orkney.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black color with a brown laced head that grips the glass on the way down. A deep roasted bean aroma with plenty of bitter chocolate. The flavor mirrors the aroma with a robust dry roasted malt blast.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big brown head, nearly opaque, nearly black. Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt in the nose with an underlying liqueur-like sweetness. Strong coffee in the flavor and the finish; sweeter than I'd expect for the style (assuming that this is properly classified as a dry stout). A little bit of a thin mouthfeel, but good flavors.
bierkoning (9549) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2003 Bottle. Very dark colored, almost opague with a creamy head. Toasted malt aroma with chocolate and sweet melons. Sweetish with roasted malt and licorice. Salty finish. Lovely, tasty stout.
Re-rate Cask, Crown Inn, Coldingham. Creamy at first, than a roasty bitterness comes up that lingers on and on. Apple and a fair deal of fishy saltiness.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Dark stout with a brownish, medium head. Descent chocolate and coffee taste, but a bit too carbonated.
jgb9348 (4273) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown colour with ruby highlights and a brown head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt and chocolate. Medium to Light-bodied; Coffee, roasted malt flavour with some subtle chocolate tastes. Aftertaste bittered from the malt, but actually left fairly clean, factoring in the style. Overall, a decent stout, not exemplary though! I bought this 50 cL bottle at Green's Beverages in Atlanta, Georgia and sampled it on 28-September-2003.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark with rocky head. Smoky sweet aroma with a touch of hops. Full mouthfeel, chewy. Tons of chocolate and coffee, with faint background roastiness.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
50 cL bottle, mug, 55 degrees. Tall, foamy, creamy, rocky, tan head is on an opaque, black body. Dark chocolate, dark coffee, roasted grain malt (heavy); flowery hops (light); toffee and oak aromas. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic finish. The chocolate, coffee, and roasted grain components are muted in the flavor. Fizzy carbonation, very watery texture, medium body. The bottom line is: I know this is supposed to be a session beer, but it's thinner and fizzier than a soda!
haddon90 (1349) - Newport Beach, California, USA - SEP 28, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep black color with a tan head. Roasted malt and caramel spring from the aroma. A thick complex taste. Not bad but not great either.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small foamy head and an opaque black shade. Roasted malt and milk/cream on the nose all the way. Espresso-like, greasy coffee bean flavor. Hop bite is evident. Yogi_Beera is right...the body is very thin.