crazyvin (1834) - New York, USA - AUG 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
seemed awfully light for a stout. The first impression based on apperace was that the beer would be suprisingly good. It poured a dark brown/black color with a brown head with minimal lacing. Aroma was mainly a roasted coffee note. Flavour was slightly biter with a lot of roasted notes. Mouthfeel was water and all though it was a dry beer it could have been drier.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good dry stout along the lines of Guinness. Good mouthfeel would be better with a little less carbonation. Nice, dry finish with a lingering aftertaste.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - AUG 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black body with a big tan rocky head. Exellant head retention. Coffee nose and flavor is upront, fairly dry. A bit much in the carbonation department holds this one back from being better. Not too much else. Decent session stout.
JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong aroma of coffee. Black with a tan head. One dimensional coffee flavor. Thin and highly carbonated. Bitter finish.
run20six2 (119) - USA - AUG 3, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark tasting beer and very good tasting. Tasty hops and a full aroma. Good tasting stout.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2005 This is one of my new favorite stouts. Coffee taste is certainly present, the feel in my mouth was not as creamy as i like a stout to be, but this is for sure one of the best dry stouts iíve had. 2nd only to cadillac mt. stout.
Update 6/7/05 Had this on draft lately and my god itís 1000 times better. This is so good! Up goes my rating!
REDDOGICE (202) - nantucket, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A decent stout... although they should attempt a better version... this is the best of the many microbrews i have had
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent attempt at an Irish Dry Stout, but somewhat forgettable. Attractive roasted malt and coffee aroma. Bubbly tan head dissapates to a thin coating quickly after pouring. Initailly, flavor is fairly assertive of coffee and dark malts, but is very short lived. Overall taste and mouthfeel seems too thin and spritzy for this style. Not very memorable.
5000 (5977) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours black, large tannish fluffy head, with semi-decent lacing, and lots of suspended yeasty bits. † Heavy cocoa on the nose, slight coffee bean. † Flavor is forwardly cocoa/carob, slight coffee bean. † Body is slightly thin, finish is a bit bitter. † Enjoyable, slightly dry, not smooth but a bit rough around the edges. † Decent, but many better examples of the style exist. † Thanks goes out to BierBauch for the trade!
Aubrey (3410) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice, tan-over-black appearance. Yeasty, sweet and sour nose, which I found inviting. Soft and creamy with an edgy carbonation. Very nice roasted flavors, with fresh coffee notes. Some sourness surfaces just before the finish. Subtle notes of chocolate and smoke as well. Can't really define or explain them, but I found a combination of flavors and aromas in this beer that really touched my stout soft spot. Good stuff!