rlgk (15805) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2004 Black, nice brownish head.Aroma from coffe and cocoa, sour but in a pleasant way. Flavor is bitter and from coffee, tar and cocoa. Great creamy palate and a hoppy, bitter finish.
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2004 Pours nice and black with a dark tan head. A chocolate nose, almost brownie-like, mixes with coffee and caramel. There is as massive assault of flavors that hit my mouth while tasting this... Coffee, liquorice, malt, chocolate, fruit, alcohol, yeast and a nice bitter finish. Gotta like something this complex.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 Aug 07 Bottle from Bottles, York. Not sure what I got so excited about last time I tried this as I dont think I’ve ever liked sweet cardboard.. Strength noticeable and overly sweet with malt flavours verging on boiled and cardboardy. 2.6
May 04Massive vinous oaky sherry aroma with treacle, liqourice, chocolate and almonds, Very rich with thick sweet body. Very lively carbonation - odd contrast with the thick body. 4.1
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Best before June 01. Wonderful port aroma. Very complex taste, sweet and sour port. Fullbodied. A lovely bottle to enjoy for a long time.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
550mL bottle, 05.19.04 Pours impossibly black; smallish, dark tan head, no lacing. Aromas of bananas foster, bubblegum, gumdrops. Delicious beer with flavors of plum, prune, charred fruits, burnt toast, licorice, dark molasses. Palate is chewy and burnt, but I could go for more sweetness. The malts are quite dominant until the bitter, burnt ending. Great, widely available beer.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2005 Very dark brow in colour, with a tan head. Aroma is roasted, almost burnt. The taste is malty, and roasted barley, with a splash of alcohol. Feels very smooth in the mouth
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at DBF 2004. Jet black with a nice tan head. Aroma is very roasty and burnt. Flavor is quite nice too, silky smooth. Need to do a re-rate on this.
fly (1450) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, thick, luscious, but as much as I like their other beers and others tend to love this, it’s just not all coming together for me.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark with ruby hue. Small tan head. Aroma is roasty with strong alcohol smell. Smells like....it took me a while to get it...tequila. Yeah that sounds weird, but that is what the aroma smells like. Tastes roasty and malty, with slight bitterness. Alcohol is not as strong in flavor, but there is some tequila in the flavor as well. Not bad for SS, but next time I think i’ll try the Cuervo.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2006 Boy do I like this beer. This is a very good example. Great color, deep black. Nice dark tan head...and that aroma. Wonderful. I like the last rater’s comment who described it as "...scotch, licorice...". I agree. I always felt it had that liquor feel to it. It is a bit thinner than I prefer, but that’s not a huge deal. If I want a chewy one (and I love ’em), I’ll opt for a Speedway Stout. The flavor is alcoholic---tasting stronger than the 7% would indicate. Letting it warm a bit really lets it show the chocolate and prune flavors with a nice big wash of coffee and a little hops. A good impy stout in a stupid clear bottle....a train wreck waiting to happen in each and every bottle.