egajdzis (5783) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark brown, almost opaque color with a medium sized light tan head. Sweet dark fruit and oatmeal aroma with some slight alcohol. Very creamy mouthfeel, with roasted malt, chocolate, and oatmeal. This was the start of it all for me. I could drink this all day!
JorisPPattyn (8920) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown, nearly black; dirty brown head, diminishing but permanent. Nose: chocolate - between milk and fondant (dark). Vague burnt malt/grain, licorice, sweet...and smelly socks. Taste is more cereal - indeed like oatmeal flakes. Chocolate returns in the background/palate, like slightly sweetened fondant. Chocolatey character, bitter-sweet, gains more emphasis in the finish, like a lesser chocolate with much non-cocoa additions. If I agree with anything in the general consensus, it's with its perfect balance - truly impressive. Aftertaste has a surprising new flavour: (French) candied violets. In the category "sweet stout", it's hard to imagine anything better...
Oh for trying the St. Ambroise or the Nils Oskar...
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice stout. Not as heavy as some, but I wouldn't want to drink more than one or two in a sitting. Extremely smooth, nice chocolatey stout. Very well made brew. Highly recommended.
UNCCTF (513) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2004 Beer #2 of the night for brownaler's 21st birthday blowout. I don't believe that a beer can truly be a "5"; no beer is perfect - something can always be better. But, this is about as close as it gets. Poured pure black, with a tan head that retained throughout. Aroma of liqueur, oatmeal, and sweet candies and fruits. Flavor dominated by oatmeal, but balanced off with a slight tinge of hops in the finish. I'm definitely making the birthday boy go buy more of this tomorrow. Best beer I've ever tried, far and away.
brownaler (443) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2004 Rerate: Not as impressive this time around. A little less body and flavor.
Smell of liquor (and I like liquor as you can tell) complex taste of oatmeal (oatmeal? no shit!) and syrup. My only beef with this beer is that it's not easy to drink.
lambda (1) - USA - AUG 18, 2003 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich dark color, tan head. Medium body with extremely smooth feel. Hints of honey and apricot. Slight acidic/metallic flavor, but hardly noticeable. A delicious sweet stout.
garrison (792) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A great beer, with rich, full body and taste... this is one of my favorite beers! It's rather hard to find in the Ohio boondocks, but well worth the searching effort once one finds it!
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep translucent red with medium size shortish lasting tan head. Medium to light body with seriously satiny smooth and surprisingly clean almost medium dry red wine mouth feel. Unexpectedly mild roast malt and coffee with hints of light vinous flavours. Superb mild bitter smooth finish.
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer I discovered because my favorite was out of stock. Smooth flavor with just the right aftertaste. A new favorite stout. Highly reccommended.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2003 I think I'm in love. Beautiful beer. Beautiful label and a wonderful taste. Smooth, dark and delicious with a little sweetness w/o being overly sweet. One of my favorites in my limited repertoire. Its GLORIOUS.