JMerritt (1894) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black colored, nice tan head that lasts and lasts and lasts. Aroma is not that of a typical stout; instead, it is fully hopped and almost buttery. If I was blindfolded, I would swear that I was smelling an IPA. Only after the 3rd and 4th sniffs could I start detecting some chocolate malt aroma intermingled in with the hops. Flavor is absolutely delicious: smooth, roasted malt front that quickly pops with a nice hop explosion in the middle. Bitterness wanes into velvety chocolate at the end. Finish is slightly bitter and long lasting. Wonderful, wonderful stuff.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 2, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black. Perfectly opaque. Full, creamy tan head. Strong roasted aroma with solid malt backing. Nice hop aroma. Hopped with Cascades, although this isn't readily apparent. Some yeast in the nose although quite subdued. Strong roast flavor with underlying dark chocolate notes. Full hop bitterness and moderate flavor. Silky mouthfeel. Full body. Very creamy. A tad bitter but otherwise, one of the most balanced beers I've ever had. My favorite non-imperial stout and that's saying a lot given the Bell's line of impressive stouts.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really dark borwn, dark beige head (looks like St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout) The first aroma is of cascade hops. The hops then leave and make place to a medium roasted aroma, crushed coffee beans in melted dark chocolate. Full mouthfeel, the label is right, it does have an earthy flavor, a small hop bite and a long bitter chocolate finish.
123456green (46) - houston, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2004 black as night.good roasted aroma. sweetness doesn't get in the way of the rich malts and just the right amount of hops. I could drink this stuff in place bacon & eggs any day. Finish is rich and smooth with little to no aftertaste. Will drink often!!
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured pitch black with a thick, rocky, tan head that diminshed very slowly. But, when it did it left the most beautiful brussel's lace (which is amazing for this style of beer). Could smeel the coffee notes from two feet away as I poured this beer. Strong taste of baker's chocalte (bitter) that is well balanced by the malt. One of my old favorites
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of chocolate, and roasted malts. Very sweet smell in general. Color is complete black, with a very nice darker cream foam head. Taste is smooth and thinner. No real bitterness from hops until the end, and its slight at that. Flavor is characterized mostly from its overall sweetness. It doesnt have aÒmu¦ticularly chocolatey taste, more of a creamy feel.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black w/ cascading light brown head. Nice lace. Roasted malt (coffee, chocolate) nose w/ lovely wafts of hops. Smooth, creamy feel. Complex flavour: coffee, bitter chocolate, burnt brown sugar, caramel, smoke & even some pine & grapefruit from the cascade hops. Finish is long & appetizingly bitter.
Radek Kliber (6691) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black whith fine small white foam circle . Sweet refined and soft in aroma . Milk chocolate is present that adds its creaminess . Same goes to the flavours . Soft but not with out its specific Rouge style . Under sweet mellow chocoloate pop up nice gentle bite of cascade hops . Nice !
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep black, with a creamy dark head, quickly dimishes to almost no lacing. Aroma is roasty, smoky, some chocolate, lightly hoppy (floral mostly). Flavor is strong with the chocolate and roasted malts (coffee), with a mild hops bitterness showing in the finish. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth.
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not normally my style of beer but this one was very nice. It's so thick, you'll need something to wash it down with. Nice balance in the flavor.