argo0 (11866) - Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I never understood the concept of ísilkyí in a beer until I tried this one. The body is jet black, and is topped by a minimal mocha head. Rich coffee and wine(!) aroma. The flavor is a combination of mocha, malt, butter, mild chocolate, wine, and sweetness. The bitterness comes to the fore as you swallow. A delicious concoction -- this beer is one of the reasons Samuel Smith has such a great reputation.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich, heady, Italian coffee aroma and a strong, smoky flavor. The flavor is remiscent of smoked meat, but itís not at all unpleasant. I donít tend to like beers that have smoky flavors, but this one is so smooth and rich, rather than jarring, that I enjoy it quite a lot. Itís balanced by a gentle sweetness, and it has a slightly malty finish. A pretty complex and interesting beer.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2005 Time for a rerate. After looking at my top fifty there were a few brews that I thought might deserve/need a rerate and this is the first one. Near black color with a moderate, but lasting head of tan bubbles, lots of lace coat the glass. Dark fruit, prunes, lavender and mild pinot noir aroma. Silky and smooth in feel, perhaps a touch thin in the finish. Quite dry and with come dark berries and charcoal. A great brew, just not a top 50 anymore.
29 April 2002: (9,5,9,5,19 - 4.7)Just the silky feel you want from an oatmeal stout. Couple that with the floral/sherry aromas and dark/burnt fruit flavors its hard to resist.
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow!!! Kinda tastes like brown sugar. A very thinck, rich, quality stout. One of the best I have tried.
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
coffee and chocolate notes, but this stout feels a little different in the mouth than a lot of others...itís fairly thick and rich....damn good stout
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 Almost black, average light brown head. Full aroma with mellow hints of chocolate,coffee, and smoke.Starts of a little thin but then the roastiness shows along with a vinous quality. The middle is silky smooth, oaty with a hint of smoke and coffee. Damn tasty and enjoyable. Better everytime I have it. And the fact its been around so long and still holds up. Impressive and a classic.
mimsy (8) - Naples, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2002 does not count
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very Dark, about 98% of light doesnít pass though the glass. the aroma is light but pleasent. The taste is like pleasently like oats. hops are noticable and aftertaste lasts a while.
The taste is a bit strong for me, but I do think I am begining to like it more.
Bov (10060) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 22, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
black colour, few head, coffe and mocha aroma, oily, moderate maltiness, long bitter finish - pleasant
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - APR 21, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
It doesnít get much better than this! Delicious, and creamy, this one is sure to satisfy stout lovers with its complex flavor profile. If I had to pick one beer to drink, this would be mine.
gpolice99 (32) - Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2002
1.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Smells of Oatmeal,and Raisins, I liked the first few sips of this brew,but eventually It turned ,and then it seemed just bitter,and lost all the flavor for me...very sad, I so looked forward to this one...dissapointed!