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!
gazzoo99 (4) - Volant, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2002 does not count
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice hints of coffee. Aroma is a bit on the weak side, though I donít think it is bad. Nice foamy head and a beautiful dark look. Would absolutely recommend.
danapsimer99 (7) - USA - NOV 27, 2002 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Loved it. The oatmeal flavors add a creamyness that really complements the typical stout characters in this beer.
pivo (2646) - GERMANY - NOV 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sour milk in the nose. Dark black color and a huge foamy head. Root beer-like taste with coffee tones, also a little butteryness. Medium bodied. Good stuff.
Scooby (50) - Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good and different tasting stout beer. Not easy to come by but I drink it whenever is see it on the menu.
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasted malt aorma. Black with a rocky light brown head. Roasted coffe aroma. A nice one!