Formerjughead (2) - California, USA - DEC 4, 2011 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A truly classic stout delicious ice cold or near room temperature. Pairs well with rare meat and fresh vegetables. The only caveat is that, like guinness, it should be drank from a glass after a proper pour.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2004
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Hello there excellent brew, very nice to meet you. This is a world class beer IMO. Nice roasted malt aroma with faint hops. Pitch black in color. Pours with a nice, thick, fluffy head that lingers. This is a full bodied brew, almost thick like a milkshake. Nice roasted malt flavor with a topnotch assembly of hops. Long bitter finish. Exquisite brew. Thanks to Derek Arent for the sample.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2004 Everything a stout should be, nutty and fruity with a burnt taste. Just about perfect.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle via Pelican Brewpub. Pours a thick pitch black with a large tan head. Mild aroma of vanilla, cream, and some subtle chocolate. Full bodied. Sweet flavors of creamy oatmeal and chocolate with a roasty bittersweet finish. Well carbonated. My favorite Foreign Stout so far, even surpassing the excellant Lion Stout.
bozoNZ (715) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 25, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sublime. I’ve been saving this - 18 mths in fact. Subdued but rich malt aroma. Palate is to die for, rich malts meld together. Roast, char,chocolate and a sweet dark rich ummmmm roastiness....!!! Great weight and fatness. RIP the Pike River 29 - for you.
dpnyby (3) - California, USA - SEP 24, 2011 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22 oz bomber with a 1/2 inch tan head.
A great nose that is full of malty sweetness and toffee flavors.
As others have mentioned, the taste is somewhat betrayed by the nose. There is not quite as much sweetness in this stout as the nose implies. However, the taste is well-balanced with a big malt flavor and subtle hints of smoke and dark chocolate. The finish is bitter, but once again, balanced enough to create a very pleasing overall experience. This is a well-crafted stout that I will definitely drink again.
dwyerpg (4067) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 19, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Boy this is thick. Black with a dark tan head. Chewy and a bit chocolaty, some bitterness. It’s quite good but very thick.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bomber by way of kenb. a near black viscous pour with a thin cocoa colored head. robust aroma of roasty malts, chocolate, smokey coffee and hot cream. the palate is surprisingly dry and every part of the word robust (again!). MEAT, malt, chocolate, charcoal, wood and a light sourness in the middle. smokey and dry finish with some coffee as well. these all linger in the aftertaste. full bodied with an amazingly smooth creamy texture. complex and beautiful.
Slick (1971) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black color,medium sized tan head that had a decent hang time and left behind a nice lace.The aroma was chocolate and roasty malt,coffee and caramel.The flavor was outstanding malty and chocolate with a nice hop presence maybe a bit more alcohol then it let on and mild notes of coffee and possibly a mild sweet side.This was one hell of a brew and more then worth getting a few more for later,which i'm glad to say i definately did.
Darkover (1497) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a brown head. Roasted chocolate aroma. Flavor of roast and dark chocolate. Long bitter chocolate finish.