Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - APR 21, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I believe that stout should be the starter beer that all beer-drinkers cut their teeth on. It is gentle, not biting, mild, but it has all the flavors in beer somehow represented. You have the sweetness of malt, the small bite of hops, the almost imperceptible tang of yeast. This stout is no exception. It is welcoming, easy, and flavorful. It’s color is black, it’s aroma gentle, and its flavor well balanced without any surprises (beyond how good it tastes). This is a wonderful stout, and one worth sharing with those who think they aren’t beer fans. They’ll change their minds after a few sips.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark- almost black. Poured into a glass, expecting a large head, but the head was actually small, but lasting. Excellent aroma of chocolaty malt/sweet and roasted aromas with some hop presence. Awesome taste- by far the best stout I have ever had. Sweet maltiness on the toungue at first with a nice balnce of hops, when it gets to the back of the tongue. Will definately have again and again.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice, thick, dark head. Vaguely sweet aroma. A nice roud taste, with just a hint of burnt flavoring to it. A pretty good brew.
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a first rate stout. I have never had a better stout. So many interesting flavors going on it is indescribable. The maltiness is perfect for my taste-buds.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasty with perfect bitterness. Extremely quaffable for a big stout.
chug18799 (36) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Top notch beer. Excellent, complex flavor incorporating hints of chocolate, coffee, and bitterness.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is as high as I think I’ve ever rated a beer. Wonderful, outstanding, refreshing, flavorful....I could go on and on. This pours to a beautiful dark color with amber hints in the lace and foam. A wonderful mouthfeel is followed by a near-perfect taste all the way through. There is something magical that happens to stouts when oats are added. It becomes a food, an event, a happening and not just a drink. Yum.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 7, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Re-rate)Almost black with hints of ruby.Thin but persistent brown head and lace. Nose of roasted barley,coffee and a touch of chocolate. Tons of body. Awesome roasty and coffee flavor,moderately hopped and balanced by an oaty sweetness. Incredible balance but to me, missing a bright spot. It leaves me wanting something more. But top notch all the same.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
chocolate coffee taste, mellows a bit as it warms. the thick bitterness stays, but some of the sweetness is lost. a nice thick stout - just the way i like ’em. The color is soo dark, you could hide behind it. One of the best stouts I’ve had.
jsquire (3537) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a perfectly balanced beer with many flavors that dance with each other all the way to the bottom of the glass. This is a dark beer with a dark, frothy head. It goes down smoothly with a strong roasty flavor complemented by a great hop bitterness. This beer should be at the top of any list of stouts.