Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark brown color with a thin head. Aroma is caramel roasted grain and a touch of smoke. Flavour is the same with a light body and a sour finish.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Very fizzy, rapidly dispersing head--looks kind of like a pepsi. Dark, ruby, clear appearance. Aroma is slightly roasty. Flavor is slightly sweet, roasty, and finishes a little dry but not hoppy. A littly watery and unbalanced in the flavor.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful appearance, dark, with large initial head. Sweet and smokey, with chocolate and fruit to boot. I couldn’t believe this is nearly as good as the Sammy Smiths Oatmeal Stout.
motelpogo (7702) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
classy stuff. mudcake aroma. not a massive amount of flavour but it’s all good - splice ice cream, molasses, asphalt and chocolate crackles in the finish. mellow and tasty
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enthusiastic carbonation, jet black with a huge head which colapses slowly, intreguingly and attractively. Sweet chocolatey aroma. Profound coffee flavour which is creamy yet dry as well. A long and very pleasant finish.
piscator34 (2178) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black with a tan head. Aromas of dark berry fruit, malt, and a bit of chocolate. Tangy and bitter flavors of espresso, nuts, and some sort of mineral that I can't pinpoint. A little too carbonated and a little too astringent for my taste, but this is still a well made beer. Thanks presario.
eczematic (1323) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
what a powerful beer. ash, molasses and marmalade aroma, more of same in taste + licorice, salt, vegemite and raisins. extremely tarry which i love. looks and tastes like coal.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells mainly of sweet caramel. Flavour is a roasted chocolate caramel flavour. The first sip seemed overly sweet but as I got further in that subsided and the roasted chocolate flavour started to dominate instead.
sidekick (26) - Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A tart finsih with the best of smokey flavor you would expect from a porter. Maybe slightly overcarbonated but still a very good effort!
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite dark but clear, reasonable head retention (head was rather brown-yellow). Aromas of licorice, roastiness, malt like a caramel milkshake, chocolate and currants. Great fresh malt flavour (esp. considering the journey), quite a strong charcoal roast flavour and light bitterness but it’s all balanced very well. Quite creamy body, moreso than their Oatmeal Stout in my book. Good - my favourite of this brewery’s range so far.