harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001-2002 - Black as coffee and strong as espresso, a huge creamy head that never quits with incredible lacing. Big, full bodied chocolate flavor, that was very thick and creamy and very tastey.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definately a hairy arsed stout, full body, thick like a milk shake. Strong roasty aroma, burnt chocolate and coffee, full of similar roast malt flavours. Excellent stout, but lacking the guts of an Imperial.
3fourths (7772) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2005 2002-2003 release. Black. Caramel/copper head. Strong caramel, licorice, and amaretto nose. Motor oil consistency. Mellow but incredibly robust smoked firewood flavor: licorice, chocolate, cafe mocha flavors. I simply can not find anything wrong with this beer. Milky and creamy finish. What an incredible stout.
verbivore (12) - Sunset Valley, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Feb 2002, draught. Went to Pike Brewery with some friends and got the sampler. I was pleased by the other five beers, but devastated that I only had six ounces in a little toy glass of this beauty. Luckily, one of my companions became a friend forever by giving me her XXXXX Stout! I don't know if the beer's lack of a head came from the fact that they had to put together 4 samplers and bring them to us, so I can't rate the appearance a 5. Next time I'm in Seattle I'll pick up a growler for a more scientific tasting process. It's a beautiful beer, though. A rare sunny day in Seattle in February, and I could barely see the sun through this near-opaque beauty. This is the beer that made me fall in love with stouts. Hell, I think it may have made me fall in love with beer!
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 (678) - 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.