Nuffield (3993) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nitrogen pushed, so this was creamy but not much better than a widget stout. Light, watery composition, as if they added "Instant Stout Flavoring" to nitrogenated water. Easy drinking, for what it's worth. (on tap, Rock Bottom, downtown Chicago, IL)
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smooth and creamy. Had a great taste, but it was a little thin on the palate. Otherwise a great beer.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at RAF '03. Black with a small brown head. Nose dominated by cofee and raisins. Flavor was quite bitter, but included a complex array of sugary sweetness, raisins, tar, chocolate, and coffee.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
OK Stout (at Chicago location)
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2003 What a tease!!!! It looks so good, but the taste is weak and watery. Instead of ordering lots of other Rock Bottom brews to rate, we got the hell out of there. What a waste... the bartender made a comment about my Bells sweatshirt (so how could he live with himself serving Rock Bottom brews?) NOTE: This beer is much better served from from the Jim Beam Barrel that it was aged in....it was a special at RAF'03!
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A coffee-ish stout that terminated my interest in drinking it further. You must drink it on its terms, which consist of weak hops. Looked nice in the glass.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Milky smooth, clean finish. Not much in the roasted malt department - the malts were very weak. only the slightest hop that made the finish dry.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is definately different from any stout I ever tried! Didn’t dance like Guinness, and it didn’t have to, because the taste is where this beer is at. I’d have one again any day.
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2002
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I drank this fresh at the Cleveland brewery. It is a very different stout. No aftertaste whatsoever. It is very clean and tastes pure. It is a good thick stout, with oatmeal as the primary ingredient. It is quite different from other stouts I have tried, but I liked the change of pace. I would definately drink it again.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, nice head, roasted barley and oatmeal dominate nose and palate, smooth with notes of chocolate. I enjoyed this very different brew.