fiulijn (16003) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black color, brown thin head. Light malt, roasted, cardboard. Weak in the front, getting more interesting later with a strong roasted malt, nutty, but nothing else. Too flat.
jercraigs (8289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 October 2007. Bottle. Black bodied with a large creamy khaki head. Looks like a stout should look like! Aroma is a bit mild, with notes of mildly roasty chocolate. Flavour is richly malty with a decent amount of bitterness coming from both the roasty bitterness and the hops. Undercurrents of dark chocolate. Average to medium palate. I don’t love it, but I do like it a lot. A very solid serviceable stout. 7/5/7/4/14 - 3.7
<P>Sampled April 2002. A hoppy stout. Very very dark and smooth. Not bad. Not a big fan of stouts, but I enjoyed this one. 5/5/5/4/13 - 3.2
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - JUL 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick dark and a nice brown head. Smells of bread, apples and licorice. Oily resins coat the mouth holding in some of the bittersweet flavor. Initial tangyness is ovrpowered by a somkey ending. I am not a big stout guy, but this beer is really interesting as it seems to become more compelling with each sip.
egajdzis (5509) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque, very dark brown color, with a tan head, that left no lacing and quickly diminished. Had a creamy, roasted/coffee flavor. I heard from a friend that this was an oatmeal stout, I wasn't able to tell?
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2003 Ebony color with a small chocolate brown head. Nice lace. Light sweet roasted malt aroma. Flavor starts light bitter chocolate , the finish is bitter and dry with a lingering hint of coffee in the aftertaste.
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Holy vicar in a tutu, this is a tasty brew. Pours out black (no, really, BLACK) and a slight handsome tan head. Bitter, chocolatey, coffee, roasty. Not complex but why the hell would it need to be? Brilliant, delicious stout.
DuffManOhYeah (133) - USA - JUL 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good stout. Darker than a black hole and ten times better than Guiness. Smooth, stout, bitter taste. Great, dark head. Really an excellent beer.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2003 I'd just barely take this one above Rogue's Chocolate Stout as the flavor and aroma are slightly more complex.
Rerate 8/14/03. I've had this one on tap and from the bottle several times since my original rating and I just can't justify a 4.7 for this one anymore. The problems: never rounds out completely as it warms (55 - 65 degrees F), head is very soda like, carbonation is too fizzy for this beer.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a head almost as dark. Some sediment lingering at the bottom. Big aroma and flavor of roasted malt and chocolate. Fairly hoppy as well. One mother of a stout.
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful thick copper head. Dark black color. Little aroma. A very nice looking stout. Delivered a roasty, hopped, somewhat sweet flavor with a slight maltiness. Chocolate and coffe were present as well. Finished with a nice choloaty taste. Very good.