Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stout pours to a dark black-brown color with a rich tan head. The flavor has hints of chocolate covered raisons, molasses, and just a hint of coffee. Deep, rich and profoundly enjoyable
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2002
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2005 Bottled. Indeed sweet, rich, thick. I can’t help feel these are a little overrated.
cooltunesmann99 (6) - USA - NOV 3, 2002 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
When it comes to oatmeal stout it doesn’t get any better than Samuel Smith
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
RE RATE: I had nothing of importance to say before. but i gave this another try and was blown away. Drinking this i found candy and raisins and smootheness. This is a versatile beer for many occasions.
ppcpilot (21) - Port Allen, Louisiana, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stout is an understatement. Beer pours out of the bottle thick like burnt motor oil. Head on beer is caramel color; not even close to white. Super bitter, hints of burnt coffee and oatmeal of course. Nice feel in the mouth; real flavor kicks in 10 seconds after a sip. I’m not a fan of bitter brew, but I believe this beer would appeal to most stout lovers.
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2003 good stout, not quite as good as Koff, Carneigie or Coopers. Its a stout so I can only rate it so high. If I real like something I should be able to drink about 12 without getting bored, but as with all ale/stout a few are good then I want to graduate to another taste. Lager is like a meal, ale is like dessert.
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Now this has a wonderful flavor... hazelnut aroma and flavor, along with chocolate, perhaps chocolate covered orange... old fruit and a finish of nice, dry coffee-like goodness. I couldn’t put my finger on a few of the flavors, which was nice... it was just a good, smooth, malty stout bursting with flavor. I mean it too... velvet palate? you’re damn right.
gthank (73) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice aroma, with both roasted notes and sweet notes. The beer itself is pretty, with an almost, but not quite, opaque dark body and a sizable tan head. It has a well-balanced flavor to it, with perhaps a bit more toasted malt than some other sweet stouts. It sits in the mouth with a slightly velveteen feel to it. Overall, a good beer, if not on the level of some imperial stouts.
Holdwine (1101) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An alltime favorite! Pours evenly leaving a tan head that will be there for awhile. Drinks quite easily with a silky smooth feel. Sweet maltiness that just keeps tasting better.
kumite56 (471) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good beer. Full flaoved without being overpowering like many stouts. Smooth and silky. Black color with a tan mostly lasting head. Moderate maltyness and well balanced.