dprior (118) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
A disapointing appearance, as the head is very thin and doesnít last all that long. I really enjoy the flavor though. Thereís a hint of roasted aftertaste that I donít much appreciate, but Iíd imagine itís one of those things that would grow on me. A great stout.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 7, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
There description sums up the appearance and aroma, although it could use a bigger head. The taste is a silky smooth roasted flavor with a great touch of bitterness.
omhper (19952) - TyresŲ, 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. Iím 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 Smithís Oatmeal Stout which is top notch!
Davhgbrew (945) - Seattle, Washington, 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 Iíve 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.