beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 black with a tall tan head. Lots of roasty mocha aroma. Taste starts with a sweet chocolate character, finishing with a big coffee finish, very rich and roasty with a nice even bitterness. This is a very smooth stout with a good thickness to it.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with a brownish hue and no head. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Dry with a strong coffee flavor and hints of chocolate and smoke. Simply a very nice stout.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Way black color with a big roasty chocolate and coffee aroma. Pours with hardly and head or lacing at all. Taste is smooth with a full bodied flavor. Drt, sweet, roasty & rich.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
jet black (no shock here). dry and a bit more hoppy than most stouts, w/ hints of chocolate. Tasty. thx batkins
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
thanks to enniskillen for sharing this one.nice chocolate aroma with a black body.has a bit of a chocolate head but not much.the flavor is very nice and has alot of the characteristics i look for in a stout.malts,hops,coffe,and smoke.very good common stout.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Heavy coffee aroma, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, smoke. Body is opaque, thin tan head. A little thinner then I expected. Chocolate, espresso and bacon is the taste.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Portland Holiday Ale Festival 2004. Jet black with a thick dark brown head. Sweet blackstrap molasses aroma, caramel and chocolate with light toastiness and roastiness. Long roasty finish with a creamy mouthfeel. Some hoppiness in the nose and mouth as well.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black in color. Hoppy aroma with some roasted cherries. Very hoppy flavor, balanced with some roasted coffee beans and faint bitter chocolate. Very bitter finish. Another nice brew from Andre’!
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 2004. Pours with a thin orange colored head. Lots of bubbles stuck to the side of the glass in an otherwise black beer. Aroma is peachy with walnuts, sherry and some anise. The taste is a deep roasted coffee with notes of anise. It also has just a hint of a port wine. The roasted goodness lingers on the palate in a pleasant way. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with a hint of carbonation. A very well done stout that makes me rethink my enjoyment of the big Imperials. Thanks a lot to HeRftYDrF for first suggesting and then sending this in a trade.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10/24/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, bought at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 10/24/04. Not sure of the year, but this is definitely an older bottle. Pitch black body with only the faintest trace of brown along the corners. Very dense, creamy dark tan-brown head that lingers wonderfully with some solid but slightly patchy lacing. Nose has strong dark raisins, mellow roastiness, a touch of cocoa and a hint of burnt caramel, some slight vinous character, and a blanket of oxidation that doesn’t detract. Very lovely and subtle. Deep coffee roast, huge dark purple raisin, a tinge of acrid and acidic burnt charcoal, juicy black licorice, and even some dried apricot flavors. Touch of sourness as well, which is where the beer is maybe showing some signs of wear. Very smooth finish with a fluffy mouthfeel and a lingering hum of a creamy carbonation texture. Finish is long and quite dry with a woody bourbony flavor entering the equation a little bit. Just a touch too much of that sourness lingering. Very, very good stuff.