Aurelius (4651) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bloody Velvet Jones! What a beer. Here I sit in Tennessee, having to shop for beer at Food Lion due to bizarre wet laws, and I stumble across a true gem. The aroma is a sirensong of vanilla, hops and pitchblack malt. I’m stuck in a motel with a plastic Krystal cup, so I have to evaluate the appearance from the cool label and the khaki head, but I assume it’s black as coal. The flavor is a bit peppery/spicey, coffee and cream, charred malt with a ruthlessly balanced hop/roast charge. The palate is substantial, but not perfect -- a little clinging and tart. This isn’t the grail, but Boston Beer again demonstrates that they’re no dunces at brewing.
ucsbdude (68) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - MAY 21, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very smooth and silky.The aroma has notes of chocolate and malt.Very creamy and full-bodied.
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smeels like a hershey’s chocolate bar, and tastes wonderful. A great mix of chocolate hops and barley. Has a very European taste to it. Excellent beer.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 12, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted barley comes through nice, chocolate tones,creamy,smooth,sweet
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad creamy chocolate-coffee taste, though pretty sweet as for the style.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Creamy, yes, but a bit bitter. Quite drinkable.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong coffee flavor with some chocolate.
DarkFudge99 (5) - Dumont (Irish Headquarters USA), New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2002 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have to say I was delighted to try this one...it has a nice smooth creamy feel in your mouth and which has a quick marshmellowy nuget taste that finishes with a nutty, chocolatey roasted flavor...I think its a better beer than most give it credit for. I will keep this in my freezer year round!
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not as rough as other stouts, kind of espresso taste. A little thick, but that should be expected. Not my favorite sam adams, but not terrible by any stretch.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent easy to find stout. Goes great with cashews!