cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2004 Bottle. I agree with everything that VENOM wrote, so I won't belabor any points. If you aren't a stout fan before you drink this though, it won't make you change your mind. The acidity was almost too much.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2003 5/29/2003Re-Rate: Wow, at times I take this beer for granted, beautiful all around. Big black body, a rich thick brown head that has beautiful layers, light on top, darker on bottom. Chocolatey, smokey, well roasted and a hint of bitter PNW hop character, citrucy almost. Taste begins chocolatey, and then dances dances with hoppy tones and roasted barley. Nice smokey notes as well. The distinctive pacman yeast makes its presence known among the roastey chocolate finish. Body is smooth and creamy with a bit of a bite, dry palate enhances roastedness. Having this at the brewery on at least two or three occasions per month led me to neglect its phenomenal qualities as a sweet stout. I don't think I let it warm up enough there. an awesome beer.
Crit (3657) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask:Brown head. Slightly burnt choc malt nose. Faintly smoked malt taste with long bitter finish.Good body
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nicely done stout. Nice chocolate, coffee, and roasted barley flavors with a surprising amount of hops.
MiataManiac99 (6) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 1, 2002 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nearly perfect sweet stout. The head is really bitter though...so watch out if you quaff early! Still, a remarkable stout!
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice stout. Malty
sweetness has a depth with
a light dry hop finish. Very good.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - NOV 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2003 Good stout, not the best. The bubbles are perfectly coarse; the head lingers, but not too long, with a subtle laciness. The beer is almost completely opaque. I noticed aromas of roasted malt, alcohol, and the light presence of Cascade hops. The beer has a thick, silky body, but with a surprisingly dry, balanced finish. I found the flavors to be excellently balanced between bitter astringence and a sweet, chocolatey roastiness. The palate became more bitter and smoky as I progressed through the 22-ounce bottle. The first half of the beer was nearly perfect, but the second half was clearly unbalanced toward bitterness, but not as severely as the Saint Rogue Red I had yesterday. P.S.: I can't believe this is called a 'Sweet Stout'!
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a great stout, not too sweet or bitter. The mouthfeel is great. The chocolate really comes through when this warms up.
SlamminScott (40) - USA - NOV 26, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I decided to try this stout due to the overwhelming praise it receives here. I was not disappointed! An excellent blend of chocolate and coffee flavors makes this a pleasureful beer to drink. The aroma is unbelievable! A very strong and distinct aroma of sweet chocolate. I opened a bottle of this stout in my house and could still smell traces of it the next day! From what I could tell, the color is jet black. I haven’t had many stouts but this one tops my list so far!
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2003 My favorite stout of all time. Chocolaty brown head, very distinct. Extremely dark beer, but still slightly brown. First taste is chocolate, then coffee. Eventual aftertaste is almost a spicy beef jerky. Sounds odd, but it is excellent. Very complex flavor, distinct flavor sets it apart from others. Quite strong but still drinkable large quantities.