DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What can I say as reviewer #432? Generally, I like to be able to see light comin' through the other side of my beer glass, but the occasional stout's fine. This is a real English stout, by which I mean that aroma and flavor components include all the traits one would expect from a good English ale - fruity, bready yeast, toffee notes, and a clean herbal hop bite. This, of course, in addition to the smooth stout palate, the hints of burnt toast, and the deep color and creamy head. It almost tastes like a blended beer, with both ale and stout in the mix. Anyhow, its very good.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown in color almost black. Small tan head. Can smell the alcohol. Fizzy for a stout.
Shag (2717) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2003 This is one of my first ratings. I was blown away! Dark as night appearance with hints of ruby. Beige head that has a beautiful lacing effect. Please note its very rare I would ever use the word "beautiful" in a rating but it fits here. Flavor is a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Hints of chocolate and oatmeal. Silky texture and a pleasure to drink. It can vary because of the clear bottle, but even the worst one Ive ever had was still at least pretty good. Im having a fresh one tonight and its amazing. Awesome beer!
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mmmmmmm. Thick pour and creamy head. Oatmeal fills up your nose and mouth with a hint of residual suagrs. If anything bad can be said about this one it may be that it carries a mild cloying quality with it that some other inferior Oatmeal stouts don't have.
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer rocks. It is a staple for starting out almost any night of drinking. It is smooth with a nice creamy light brown head. You can taste the oatmeal in the beer and the sweetness it leaves you with is just perfect. I don't generally like sweet stouts, however this one is unavoidably likable. It actually gets better as it warms and when its done you want another.
wheatbeerboy (103) - Addison, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Although I'm not a big fan of this style, I sort of liked this stout because it wasn't overly sweet the way a lot of stouts are. Nice aroma and taste even though I feel that the taste is lacking a little in depth.
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2004 Rich brown head; very smooth feel; slight coffee taste with finish that is bitter, but not excessively so. May 2004: the aroma is among the best
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolat aroma. Very dark brown color, brown head, good lace. Intens flavor, sweet, chocolat, hint of cola, very drinkable, light roasted. Long lasting coffee liquor flavor finish.
orangelazarus (53) - USA - FEB 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Totally opaque, very thick pour with no head. More than any beer I've had, this one could pass for a wine. At first, I swore I could smell the grapes in the aroma. However, it somehow manages to taste much much better than any dry, bitter wine. There's a small note of sweetness and grain flavor to offset the winelike flavor. Unrelentingly bitter/sour aftertaste. Very good.
JK (5123) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2003 Black. I thought it was a brown bottle before I poured. Tan head that disappears soon but leaves a nice lace on the glass. Coffee and bitter chocolate very noticeable in the aroma, and also a little tobacco. Flavor of the same coffee and chocolate with a little cream. Faint malt and hops tastes as it warmed. Mildly bitter finish. excellent beer.