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 (3334) - 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.
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black color, medium head. Roasted malts, some hop bite. Flavor is full, coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty with a slight bitterness. Very similar to the 2000 release. The flavor is slightly less intense, subtler in this release.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taste moves from sweet and innocent to burnt and alcohol filled. A fairly decent stout. Bottle looks bad ass with the five X’s on it. Worth a try.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black in colour, deep roasted scent, light consistency but nice after taste. A respectable stout.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark choclaty stout - medium to thick, some coffeee flavors, big head, dry finish. no more can i say other than ’tasty’
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2003 Dark as the cloudy moon-less desert sky, the head a velvety chocolate crown, the lace a shield against the light. Sweet toasted grains, bitter-sweet chocolate and a over cooked pot of coffee, what the hell else could you say to describe this nose, start is ambrosial, the top thick and chocolate like. Finish has a spiteful hop spicy bite, the acidity stinging, the aftertaste bitter chocolate dry and one damn fine stout in my humble opinion.
TAR (2449) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2003 2000: As an Imperial stout fan this is as good as it gets without the high dosage of alc. I am now drinking my last one. It is bursting with flavors. Very smoky, burny, vanilla, bourbon-like sweetness on the palate and aroma, bitter chocolate reminiscent of Rogue Chocolate, heavy, thick body with creamy, long lasting brown head. Man o man.