BeerNazi (169) - winnetka, California, USA - SEP 28, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
good hardy beer,strong intaste.
Kodos (200) - USA - SEP 25, 2001
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate and coffe notes...Two of my other favorite thinks besides beer..Not a big stout fan, but I would drink this anytime.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - SEP 11, 2001
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
very dark beer , almost opaque. thin head.
nice ’chewy’ mouthfeel.
has hints of fruit(plums?), coffee and sherry.
A great stout, very filling.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 I absolutely hate stouts, but this was actually really good. This is the only stout that i would drink twice. If it came in a case i would drink the whole thing. Its like a meal in a bottle.
Update- i cant believe i didnt like stouts when i first had this, i only had drank mgd and red dog then. So lets do this right, black with a very muddy brown head. Skunked aroma at first, then going into roasted chocolate and nuts. Really creamy, chocolatey, still smooth though, followed with some bitter dark chocolates, very wintery, very smoked, very nice.
Bov (9509) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 20, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
black, opaque, fine head, chocolate and plum aroma, thick, oily, a little bit overcarbonated, sweet with a very long complex aftertaste (bitter, fruity, molasses, chocolate); hard to think it’s only 7% - a wonderful beer !
prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a quality stout, worth every penny!
Flatline99 (36) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2001
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is expensive, but well worth the extra dough! A true stout that somehow manages to be smooth and just a little fruity.
Got Stout? (173) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This has come fom a very long trip (from the brewery, to Merchant du Vin, to VENOM, to me), and I am forever greatful! A very wine-like finish, with a (grape?) aroma... Kind of confusing, but well worth it.
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 23, 2001
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown to black, nary a bit of light passes through. Creamy tan head. Smells mostly like cocoa powder, or even Kahlua. Very heavy mouthfeel, almost like a thin syrup. Tastes of coffee, almost espresso and baker’s chocolate(slightly bitter). Very slight alcohol taste, still very good, but also very thick, I doubt I could drink more than a bottle in a sitting.
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 22, 2001
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The first quality I noticed is its syrupy constitution. Completely black with a thick brown head, the aroma instantly reminded me of Kahlua. Fairly malty with a strong cocoa flavor that is reminiscent of Nestle Quik powdered drink mix. Very thick, rich and heavy, this is also quite smooth. It was late, so I split a bottle with Fishman; had I finished the bottle, I think the sweetness may have gotten to me and my rating would be lower. I’ll see how I feel after drinking an entire bottle before passing final judgment on this beer. Until then...