flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 21, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black with a large tan head. Sweet malt, bitter hops and slight sour lactose aroma. Very rich flavors of roasted chocolate malt, smokiness, and sour lactose. Full feel with a slightly dry finish.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The tan head on this stout is huge and just keeps hangin around. The body is black as expected. A very nice lokking stout. The aroma is full of malt with a nice balance between swet and bitter. Notes of fudge and hops are abound, and a slight roastiness lies hidden in the background. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter and slightly sour with a nice maltiness. The hops take over, however, and are almost to much. Hoppiness fills the finish. It's medium to full bodied and relatively dry.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2004 Black stout with a creamy lingering head. Strong flavors of coffee and chocolate dominate the opening, then the crisp grapefruit of cascade hops comes through. Finish is dry and bitter. A simple and exceedingly yummy stout.
Hangover (1100) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JAN 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black (of course).. somewhat lasting reddish-brown head. Aroma is chocolate with strong hop notes. Heavily carbonated. Full mouthfeel. Chocolate, expresso, roasted malts try to contend with what I think is an overpowering hop presence. Finish was dry and bitter. The hops are just to distracting to me, and really take away from what could be a very pleasant experience as the flavors are right on. Perhaps I was expecting something along the lines of their chocolate stout. Still gets a high rating, i just wish the hops would come down a notch or two.
Kinz (3625) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thick oily black, but a surprisingly large dark brown head leaps up in the glass. Aroma of chocolate, espresso, aggressively bitter malts. Hint of pine in the background. Nice sprucey bitterness from the hops up front, fades into a nice mocha flavor. Definitely bitter on the finish. Surprisingly light in the mouth, a hint of that roundness you sometimes get with adding oats to the mash bill. A very pleasant, very West Coast beer.
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty good sweet stout. POurs a deep black, no light shines through, dark brown head. A very roasted bouqet, some dark fruit (plum, raisen), a good deal of hop bitterness, and a chocolate aftertaste. Very smooth and creamy.
sloth (2719) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large brown head, lasting. Black brew, brown highlights.. Roasty, chocolatey nose. Med/full body.Chocolatey fruity flavors. Finish is dry, somewhat chalky.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very, very dark. Thick, toasted marshmellow head. Smokey, coffee aroma. Smooth drinking, creamy malt flavor with a nice bitter finish. Bravo!
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Dark brown with a tan head. The flavors of chocolate, coffee and multigrain toast weakly comes through the blisteringly strong hops. Needs more balance boys.
Dorwart (2485) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great big brown head which settles very slowly but fun to watch. Aroma is not as strong as I would have expected. Roasted grains, a hint of coffee and dark chocolate. Color is black with a hint of red/orange in front of a very strong light. Very smooth flavor with more roasted grains and coffee. Hops presence there also and is very prominent in the finish. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Quite the nice finish. A very good stout. Not as much character as some of the other stouts out there but still quite good.