Marc (485) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JUN 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dirty cream head with a pitch black body. Cream, hazelnut, tons of roasted malts and a touch of flowers in the nose. Smooth rounded flavor with robust coco and coffee notes with just enoughf room for a hint of Bailies. Dryer mouthfeel then the nose would imply finnishing with more coffee.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
cask at the real ale fest at pizza port. light flavor and body, slight lactic tones, a nice drinking stout
DarkElf (2961) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2004 (Cask draft: O'Brien's in San Diego, CA) A stout with a lighter flavor and body than many in the category, and a slight sweetness; Moderately strong dark roasted malt flavor is more toasted than roasted, and the bitterness is fairly mild as well; Somewhat smooth and creamy mouthfeel; The palate is medium bodied and, as expected from the cask, low in carbonation; There is an alcoholic, perhaps a bourbon nose, slightly sweet, very nice; Jet black in color and fully opaque; As the light brown bubbly head settles, it clumps together like curdled milk, very interesting looking, but not a negative characteristic in my opinion; Not much lacing
(Draft: Russian River Brewing Co. in Santa Rosa, CA) Second tasting at Vinnie's brewpub was on nitro, but not cask like at O'Brien's, and the result was a drier, somewhat standard Irish stout, though still on the thin side in body
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap@Russian River Brewpub. This is a good Guinness clone, only this is much, much better. Soft and dry coffeed texture, lightly Roasted. Decently long finish, could drink a lot of these.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on cask at O’briens...This stout pours with a black body topped by a thick, tan head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a nice roasty note and notes of coffee with a touch of chocolate. The flavor is great. It’s sweet yet slightly bitter and malty with a nice mocha note and a slight roastiness. Very smooth, creamy and full bodied.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had on cask at o’briens.... pours a deep brown with an off-white head that didn’t last, probably due to the cask. The flavors seemed watered down with little flavor. Slight bitter dark chocoalte flavors, but nothing memorable. I will have to try it again, hopefully not on cask.