omhper (18721) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample of the 1999 version in March 2002: Dark black with beige head. The banana aroma is somewhat diminished if comparing to fresh samples. Full bodied and malty. Licorice flavour. Bitter finish. I’m not sure it gains so much
on cellaring, so drink it when you can.
Choke (96) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 5, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GOOD stuuf smooth and rich
mchinn (22) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very strong and bitter stout with not much of a head. I thought it to be a bit too syrupy tasting after a while and prefer Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout which is top notch!
Davhgbrew (839) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic aroma, dark as night with a brown head that dissapates quickly. The flavor is very complex with hints of coffee and a finish that is different after every sip. This is one of the best beers I’ve ever had!
Dragonblaze99 (354) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice warm aroma, dark color, deep ruby when held to the light. Pleasant roasty flavor with strong overtones of coffee, finishes off slightly bitter. Mellow palate. A very enjoyable beer.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black, very little carbonation or foam. Strong aroma that hits you with every sip, mixture of sherry and roasted barley. Good flavor complexity, lots of malt, roasted, hints of smokiness and chocolate, slightly dry finish with a little sherry. A true world class ale.
htomren (12) - Long Beach, California, USA - FEB 20, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
extremely rich and complex flavor, creamy mouthfeel, sweet and very drinkable. one of my personal favorites.
hopshead (24) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutly killer stout. So complex, smooth and flavorful. If you like stouts this is a MUST.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
WOW! What a stout! Very dark, barely any light gets through, if any. Head is small, but a nice beige color. Slight carbonation initially, flows smoothly down with a roasted coffee/chocolate/fruit taste. This full bodied stout is something to marvel at. Periodic hints of alcohol are the only thing that kept me from rating this beer higher.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2008 Diacetyl and chocolate throughout the nose. It pours a very dep ruby red with a moderate tan foam. It tastes of rum, butterscotch pudding and dark malts. A great British Imp St and nice change of pace from the bigger, badder, American version.