willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2004 My favorite bottled stout so far. Delicously roasty, like burnt chocolate, and complex fruits like fig, cherry, prune, plum. It is smooth and creamy. Just the right amount of alcohol presence, too. Outstanding, my benchmark for bottled sweet (English) stouts.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Complex beer. Very roasty. Not a bad stout. I enjoyed it. Smooth finish. Malty. Chocolate malt. Deep dark color with a tan head.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2004 Yum. A nice suprise gift from a friend. Deep, deep brown, tan head. Big roasty, meaty aroma. Smooth, satisfying malty brew, with a sweetness, mixed with a roasty, chocolaty malt flavor that is near perfect. Delicious.
dwyerpg (5456) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2008 Sweet aroma, beautiful black color. It does have a small coffee flavor, but not so much that it really tastes like coffee at all, which would make it bad. A tantalizing flavor that leaves you wanting more. This uncomplete finish is it’s only drawback.
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick, tan head. Creamy, coffee, a hint of roasted malts but not overwhelming. The finish is fruity, similar to a lot of English Ales (cherry, pruins). Nice balance between the real sweet and real roasted stouts.
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 30, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great stout, I was well impressed. Just the right amount of bitterness, creamyness, and rasted coffee/chocolaty goodness yummmm....I want to drink a lot more of this stuff soon.
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This stout was a bit more mellow than I was expecting, but it is quite satisfying. Whole bunch of flavors present, from chocolate covered cherries and rum raisin to hazelnut and espresso. Some alcohol flavor is present too, maybe a bit brandy-like. Roasted, slightly bitter dryness in finish.
TheGreatKen (76) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
It is so great. This stout tastes better than Guinness. It has a chocolaty color to it and a great semibitter taste.
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
beer-haters beware! this deserty beer can win them over. vanilla taste, very very smooth and velvety. strangely, much more available in the us than the UK
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a tight, medium brown head. Head decreases to a thin film, which lasts for the duration of the beer. Aroma of black and chocolate malts, with some diacetyl noted. Taste of chocolate malt also, with just enough hops to balance the malt sweetness. A great stout overall, and it seemed to not suffer from being poured from a clear bottle.