mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2003 pours black with a big, lacy tan head. dark malty, coffee-ish aroma. smooth mouthfeel is nice. milk chocolate, light roast and coffee are nice but seem a little muted. the best I've had from sam adams
HighlanderOne (1223) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Poured from bottle 1/08 re-rate. Def cocoa in the aroma with spice, hops, and some chicory too. Deep black with thin tan head with lacing. Roasted malt and cocoa in flavor, also hop/pine notes an slight bit of coffee and caramel in the aftertaste. Iím liking the feel of this stout. Stays consistent thru the finish. A great stout.
PorterPounder (7244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2004 Rerate Still a damn good stout, my palate has just matured a bit - mouthfeel not quite as full as I would like and the lactic acid gets to you after a while. Original 4.3 Impressive - Best domestic stout to date. Aroma is chocolatey and thick. Flavor has a bit of a coffee undertone to it - gets a little bit bitter near the end of the glass - but otherwise holds up well. Will get this more often - will be great for the winter.
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. Iíve yet to really be disappointed with a S Adams.
jaymobrown (1833) - 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 whatís 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. Thereís so many incredible breweries out there nowadays that even a beer as good as this canít stand out.