Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich espresso coffee nose. Flavor notes of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a slight hint of raisens and caramel. The finish is smooth, creamy and just bitter enough. My favorite readily available beer.
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 23, 2002
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I expected much better from Sam Adams. This is just way to cofee! I love stouts but this one really misses the mark!
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2003 Darkness with dark ruby shining through..head climbed up the glass but settled clumpy in the middle..
Aroma had burnt notes w/ a strong black coffee presence & a tad of chocolate cake..
Smooth creamy mouthful..
Chocolate syrup and strong coffee..roasted malts hint very lightly at metallicness, but not too much..Perfect carbination and a superb coffee aftertaste
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light roasted coffee aroma. Pours a light black with a thick creamy head. The body is somewhat robust and has a pleasant coffee bean character on the way down. Apart from the body being a bit thin, this beer is one of the best offerings Sam Adams has.
GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich smooth coffee...and thatís only from a whiff. Indeed a creamy head that dissipates into a film after a minute. Pleasantly bitter flavor with a residual bitter aftertaste. Syrupy texture on the way down, yet it is not as bloating as other stouts. Puts a smile on my face.
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I have not been able to find a bottle that has tasted as good as the first one I had at a local festival. The most recent tastings have been so-so, without the creamy taste of the first.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
one of the better stouts out there nice color aroma and slightly bitter with a sweet finish well worth the price
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a dark brown slightly translucent color and has a sweet smell. Taste is creamy roasted malts and finishes with slight bitterness. Overall I am pleased with this beer, it is not the greatest beer ever, but it tastes good.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very creamy. Smooth as hell with flavors not overbearing, but subtle and apparent. Slightly roasted with a touch of bitterness. Not as good as the Bellís Susieís Sweet Stout, but better than most Sam Adams beers Iíve had.
RogerBurks (45) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 Very smooth and rich without being overbearingly heavy. Nice contract of maltiness and slight sweetness. Great lingering palate. Again, Iíve only had this in a bottle, and really would like to try it on tap.