Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The color was black as a coal mine.Nearly no head at all.Roasted malt aroma with a sweet malt,spicey,fruity aroma as well.Mild hints of chocolate as it warms with an even milder hint of alcohol.Whoa this is good stuff malty mildly sweet taste,coffee,slightly smokey and a very,very mild fruit presence,there is also a slight hop presence that shows itself at the end of the taste.The after taste is malty slightly bitter with a dark chocolate,coffee bite.This is a fantastic brew and i wish i had bought more then one.
GermanBrews76 (676) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep Dark body, just a hint of brown around the edges. Thin, light brown head. Looks good... Way roasty nose w/dark chocolate notes, espresso and alcohol. Rich, smooth and surprisingly strong. Dry, roastey, super stouty finish: coffee beans, alcohol, lots of bitter cocoa and a hint of rich smoke. I just can't believe that something this good comes from 4 ingredients. WOW
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Semi-sweet aroma with strong hints of coffee and smoke. A solid appearance of a well rounded stout. Flavor is delicious with this beer, it's subtle and creamy like an oatmeal stout but has a little bite like an imperial stout, the best of both worlds! Very dry on the palate, overall a solid drinking stout, I could have 10 more of these!
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 9, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sweet oaty aroma, looks pretty stouty, solid body, dry and hoppy, then choclate covered coffee bean with a bitter finish
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, witha tan head. Very nice roasty aroma, smooth palate, and good roasty malt flavor. The best I've tried from Pike.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - APR 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from 50 deg to 55 deg F.
Pours a deep dark brown color with a dark tan head. The aroma went from intense smokey to a nice raosted coffee bean, bittersweet chocolate, hops bitterness character. The flave was at first intense smokey and woody, and then became more chocolate in character...some hops bite...definite roasted coffee bean tone. The feel was, as the bottle says, velvety, silky smooth. Interesting stout. Very good.
jsquire (3228) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this on tap in Seattle, but I'm rating from the '02-'03 release bottle. This is a black beer with a dark head. Bitter chocolate, almost raspberry truffle flavor. Nice roast flavors and very well balanced. Great stout.
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAR 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good roasted aroma with nice deep color in the glass. Starts off great, but leaves a little harsh hoppy flavor at the end.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark beer, nice pour, good head. I found the taste to be be strong, but mildly offensive. Too much kick not enough finish. Bad palate and had probs finishing the glass...
aracauna (2925) - Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice pour, deep opaque black with an easy, thick creamy head that clings to the sides of the glass. It’s not exactly long-lasting, but it never fully fades (ends up thin cream layer that’s too thick for a film, but kind of like a like coat of moss or lichens). The aroma is a little weak, but roasty. The flavor is as strong as it should be but it dominated and unbalanced by too much burned bitterness. A bit of smokiness lingers underneath. The lack of balance makes this less than a joy to drink, but intriguing at the same time.