PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark black in color with a light brown head... pretty drunk right now... the aroma is of dark chocolate/coffee and some hops... drunk... the flavor is coffeesque and perhaps holds a bit of fruit...
GermanBrews76 (676) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
total blackout! A rich, clingy cocoa head. chocolate, chocolate and lots of roastedness in the nose. alcohol noticeable as well. Smooth, sweet and chocolatey. well roasted, some burnt bitter cocoa. stron stuff, real warm
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
soft slight roasted aroma, black with dark tan head, dry and super roasted milky and sweet and slightly winey
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 31, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is that of some gourmet soy sauce and rich dark malts. Medium mouthfeel with an incredible amount of earthy, roasted grain. A sharp, lasting tang with a balanced creaminess stains the tongue and back of the throat for quite some time after the brew is consumed. I need to be honest and say that I felt a little disappointed, especially because of all the hype. The heavy hopping resulted in a conflicting coffee/ultra-tangy (almost citrusy) flavor.
TAR (2382) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark prune shade beneath a creamy mocha topping. Black patent malt aroma with notes of chalk, burnt toast, chocolate-covered cherry, and molasses. Tangy underlying wafts teamed with espresso, cinnamon raisin bread, toffee, and spent motor oil. Becomes airy as it breathes. Soft mouthfeel, gentle carbonation. Medium-bodied and creamy. Lightly acidic and oxidized. Bushels of tangy dark fruit flavors trailed by hints of smoke, vanilla, caramel, and iron. Long burnt and roasted malt interplay with prevalent notes of chalky black malts, chocolaty raisins, dried plums, and tingly hop traces. Underneath the yogurt-like aspects, lies a superbly rich and malty dry stout.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very black stout,though just dark brown .Big,draft looking,head of foam. Great,patchy,lacework. Big bitter aroma. Huge roasty notes,some chocolate,mocha aromas. Oily,creamy,slick mouthfeel. Quite big bodied for a dry stout(excellent).Excellent,in your face,flavors. Coffee,chocolate,and roasty flavors.Finish is dry/crisp.Sweet(chocolate),roasty,and hoppy. Lingering roast and hops.This is a winner,no doubt.
BillKismet (3164) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 Looks like an imperial stout: black with a chocolate head taking up to 40% of the glass. Low, dry, dusted chocolate roast with veins of rich, syrupy, chocolate alcohol aroma. The flavor is of wet roasted chocolate with a noticeable hop bite and suitable bitterness. The flavor profile vacillates between dry and imperial stout. In my opinion, this has the perfect body for a stout--not heavy, nor light--just right. A well crafted stout regardless.
Tasted again on the brewpub site and held up just as well.
3fourths (7525) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Nitro pour at Pelican in June 2003
Black. This thing takes forever to warm to correct drinking temperature... I had to have a couple inbetween ordering it and tasting it. Very creamy and chocolate aroma. Smoked wood and fried fruit. Very carbonated, rich cofee and smoked wood profile. Like drinking semi-sweet chocolate. Excellent texture.
Bottle rating is lower: around a 3.7-3.8
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - APR 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from 47 deg to 57 deg F.
Perhaps the perfect dry stout! The color was black with a creamy beige head. The aroma was bitter, roasted coffee/espresso, bitter chocolate (cocoa really.) The flavor was dry and roasted with a solid coffee core. Crisp, dry finish rounding out the perfect dry stout experience.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer poured very dark, almost black and formed a huge dark tan foam head that left lots of nice circular lace around the glass as it subsided. An aroma of malt, coffee and chocolate with some toasted/roasted elements. A flavor of malt, coffee and chocolate. A very interesting sweetness is present in the finish, yet a touch of bitterness. Almost like bittersweet chocolate. A very good stout.