ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 29, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bottle of this was my introduction to Cream Stout. This brew pours a dark muddy brown with red highlights. The huge rocky head is the color of brown sugar, is mostly lasting, and has good lacing. The nose is roasted cereal, grain, and caramel balanced with herbs, resin, grass and earth. The flavor is heavy but balanced between bitter and sweet with roasted grains and coffee predominating. The finish is long and has a metallic feel. The full bodied brew is softly carbonated with a creamy texture. Another winner from Tadcastle.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great Stout... Creamy, thick and smooth with a unique taste. Recommended for everyone
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2006 Clear bottles are an insult to good beer. WHy donít they switch to brown bottles like they do with the lager and IPA? This beer however, when found fresh, the other reviews say it all. Silky mouthfeel that numbs the tongue, yet very crisp. What a concept! Addictive buttery aroma of oats and molasses. A very unique bitter finish. Winey, oaty, bubblegum and a sheer joy to drink. Never has a beer eluded all other styles in its class as does this.
Skred (107) - Houma, Louisiana, USA - MAR 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I found an old bottle of this in the kitchen yesterday and drank it today, expecting that it had gone bad, what with the clear glass and all. If this is what itís like when itís gone bad, I want some more! Very pronounced malt taste, just short of being too sweet, not much head (maybe this is where it showed its age?). Overall, very nice. Iíll get another one soon and give it a fair test.
RE-RATE: A fresher (and larger) bottle this time, not as flat, but head does go away too quickly. Still, nice body, coffee notes nicely balanced by sweetness and hints of fruit. Iíd love to have this on tap some day.
vacek (67) - College Station, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2003 Becoming more and more of a fan of the dark brew. Non-existent head but tremendous aroma and finish. Not something that I could handle more than one of in a sitting.
coldandhot99 (18) - Abingdon, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Creamy, rich and flavorful. A personal favorite!
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fruity/chocolaty. No discernible hop, but thatís OK for the style.
irosen99 (2) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2002 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I went out of my way to have this beer at my wedding. Itís among my favorites.
Flatline99 (36) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love Samuel Smith!!
DamnGoodBeer99 (13) - Shingle Springs, California, USA - MAR 14, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love this stuff! In fact, this is the beer that got me interested in trying real beers in the first place. Smooth, creamy, roasty, sweetish, and VERY satisfying stout. Goes great with English pot-pies and meat-loaf. Iíve never seen it anywhere íon tapí but would really like to try it that way! I also like the Nut Brown they make a lot.