howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2006 Creamy, lasting head, dark ruby-brown color. Chocolate and dark dried fruit nose. Creamy, sweet chocolate malt flavors. A bit bland, but easy drinking.
Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Creamy, chocolate malt, very light, you ought to think these guys could make a better stout than this,with all that money and still no perfection.a decent stout just not a great one.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - OCT 9, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a few bottles of this with the old man this past weekend. Nose of reasted chocolate, coffee, dried fruit and flowers. Pours a solid black with red highlights. The dense brown rocky head is fully lasting with excellent lacing. The flavor is deep and balanced starting sweet and rich with light acidity and finishing flowery and somewhat bitter. The fully soft body is chewy and finishes highly astringent. Exceptional.
Rock8899 (3) - Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2002 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent beer, this is one of my all time favorites. It s a very smooth tasting beer.
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice smokey, chocolately, coffee-like flavor. Quite sweet though. A real dessert beer. Samuel Adams makes solid, consistently enjoyable beers. I’ve yet to really be disappointed with a S Adams.
jaymobrown (1827) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An average stout at best. Fairly good for what’s readily available, but there are many better stouts to be had. Tastes like rubber bands.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 2, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good stuff. Semi-sweet and pretty rich. There’s so many incredible breweries out there nowadays that even a beer as good as this can’t stand out.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2003 I have a soft spot for this one. I no longer buy it, because I can no longer find it fresh. If I had to bet, I would say that this one is going to be discontinued. The body is certainly light for a stout, but the flavor is fine. A ton of chocolate malt cut nicely by grain astringency and a bit of fruit. The hops work well in the nose and in the flavor profile. Probably my favorite of this brewery's offerings.
Side Note: I recently found one of these in my aunt's refrigerator that she had bought for me several years ago. The expiration date was August 1996. I sampled it and was amazed to find the flavor was pretty good--no noticeable flaws or really any deterioration. Actually, the various dark grain flavors seem to have integrated more over time. Curious.
Slovak34 (99) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2002
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This is a nice stout. It is probably one of Sam Adams better beers. It might be a little too sweet for many though.
Paulslepicka (4) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2002 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20