OldJack99 (114) - USA - APR 16, 2002
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark & smooth, it has a sweetness to it, a coffee taste as well. Really dark beer. Simply one of my favorites
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A decent oatmeal stout with dark color, smooth drinkable with a little chewyness, an easy drinking stout with out overpowering flavors or bitterness.
chug18799 (36) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent beer deserving attention. Damn smooth, this beer is highly drinkable stuff.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black. Did I mention this beer was black? Taste that lasts forever. Sweet roasted malt with plenty of hops.
aracauna (2931) - Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Doesnít have the burnt bitterness of the dry stouts, but it has the other flavors typical off a stout. I like it, but it doesnít floor me.
Choke (96) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Samuel smith line is one of the best around and the show no slack with this rich almost chocolate flavor stout. Great after taste that lingers. smooth and not as bitter as i would like it but it definaltey does the trick
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 29, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bottle of this was my introduction to Cream Stout. This brew pours a dark muddy brown with red highlights. The huge rocky head is the color of brown sugar, is mostly lasting, and has good lacing. The nose is roasted cereal, grain, and caramel balanced with herbs, resin, grass and earth. The flavor is heavy but balanced between bitter and sweet with roasted grains and coffee predominating. The finish is long and has a metallic feel. The full bodied brew is softly carbonated with a creamy texture. Another winner from Tadcastle.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great Stout... Creamy, thick and smooth with a unique taste. Recommended for everyone
TAR (2391) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2006 Clear bottles are an insult to good beer. WHy donít they switch to brown bottles like they do with the lager and IPA? This beer however, when found fresh, the other reviews say it all. Silky mouthfeel that numbs the tongue, yet very crisp. What a concept! Addictive buttery aroma of oats and molasses. A very unique bitter finish. Winey, oaty, bubblegum and a sheer joy to drink. Never has a beer eluded all other styles in its class as does this.
Skred (107) - Houma, Louisiana, USA - MAR 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I found an old bottle of this in the kitchen yesterday and drank it today, expecting that it had gone bad, what with the clear glass and all. If this is what itís like when itís gone bad, I want some more! Very pronounced malt taste, just short of being too sweet, not much head (maybe this is where it showed its age?). Overall, very nice. Iíll get another one soon and give it a fair test.
RE-RATE: A fresher (and larger) bottle this time, not as flat, but head does go away too quickly. Still, nice body, coffee notes nicely balanced by sweetness and hints of fruit. Iíd love to have this on tap some day.