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 (3499) - 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 (1153) - 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 (3094) - 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.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown with a brown head. Pretty damn good looking. Sweet roasted malts - intense coffee and chocolate accented with yeast, caramel and dark chocolate. Burnt malt flavors and bitter dark chocolate took care of the mouth. Upon warm up a touch of smoke was noted as was little licorice. This is not an imperial, but it certainly has more character than many that I have tried. Excellent stout.
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A good Stout, but nothing special...
Crit (3357) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lasting creamy brown head.Dry roasted coffee malt nose and taste.Dry lingering finish.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2004 Great big fluffy head over a impenetrable black body. Lace is amazing, I can see a ring for every time the beer changed lowered another level. Excellent roasted coffee malt with just th right amount of bitterness. Nice warm full flavor and body with the the right amount of smokiness. A little linear, as their is nothing astoundingly original here, but just an incredibly balanced tasty stout. 2/1/04 - I feel it's important to keep ratings up to date as time passes, because beers change, so after trying a new batch of this is winter of '04 I felt this took a slight turn for the worse. The coffee influence has increased dramatically with a slightly decreased palatability, and I just haven't seen the gread head retention of the earlier batches.
rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 15, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
lots of bitter chocolate - almost burnt flavor. little coffee. pitch black. little bit of hoppiness. pretty good - but doesn’t have the complexity of say stone’s imperial.