beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color. Very thick full cascading “G” type head. Aroma is roasted malts and chocolates. A nice silky smooth. Medium bodied sweet stout. Mild malts and hops. A very flavorful beer. Nice chocolate and coffee flavor. Well balanced. Just wish it were in a brown bottle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and a touch dry. What a sweet stout should be
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just plain good.
iguanatom (24) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damn fine beer!! This has the full flavors that make beer worth drinking. It has better a cleaner creamy finish that comes unexpectedly after that full bodied flavor as well. You can taste a hint of coffee among the complex roasts, but nothing overpowers ... just tastes great.
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really do not get the smell form this brew as I do with other Oatmeal Stouts. It lack that, and the taste is good but cannoot amke up for the missing strong smell present in most oatmeal stouts. A good smell gets the mind and the mouth going in antisipation of the beer taste to come.
Hansen (7284) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Itís good, but not that good!. Has something like a aroma as sherry, which is found again in the taste. But I didnít find it so good a combination for a beer.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 2, 2002
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2003 (need re-rate, preferably draft) Very good sweet stout.
Beautiful appearence; deep ruby color with a frothy,lacy head. Not highly effervescent.
Very complex, and mostly appealing aroma: Roasted malted grains (perhaps this is the 'oatmeal'), hops, caramel, chocolate. But, I also smelled URINE! I did buy it from Safeway, and it does have a clear bottle, but I didn't think 'skunky' meant 'pissy'. Hmmm. I dock a couple "aroma" points.
I found the flavor pleasant, very well balanced, but not particularly complex.
A thick, flat sweetness is balanced well with hop acidity and some other source of subtle sourness. Lightly astringent.
ArlenWilliams (15) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wonít rate it as high as some have. Iíve read someone noting a bacon aftertaste at one tasting but not at another. Could be a sign of age (itís age, not mine) but I noticed it too and that mitigates my score. I suppose though, that with its low ABV, I cold have half a bottle with my eggs in the morning.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 30, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I hate to do it, but I must admit that this beer is in fact the best stout Iíve ever had. The first time I had it it was a little skunky from the idiotic clear bottle, but since then itís been sublime. If you know me then you know I have a hard on for Rogue Shakespeare Stout, but this is better. Just so incredibly smooth and creamy, with a perfect balance of roastiness, chocolate, coffee, sugar, plum and grape in flavor and texture. Oh God, itís so good...
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep and rich chestnut to near black in color with a breathtaking amber head. Slight wine-like aroma with a slight scent of oats as well. Smooth mouthfeel, akin to a fine Port with flavors of plum and raisins that finish quite dry on the palate.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 28, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very very tasty, the best Sam Smith beer by far, and Iím not even a big stout fan!