Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a good stout. the balck brew is topped with a beautifully thick creamy head. the slightly smokey aroma invites you to taste this smokey malt flavor beer. This brew is surprisingly smooth, creamy and easy to drink.
igneous1 (1467) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
very dark brown, slight nonlasting head, mild coffe flavors..thin to medium bodied.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A really well done stout. Very smoky and rich. The roasted malt comes out in full force, with a little bite of hops to even it out. Blood red when you hold it up to a light. My only complaint is that there was a bit too much carbonation, and it took away from some of the taste. One of the better american stouts.
GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark color with perfect creamy tan head. Sweet mocha goodness. Nothing better!
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very very black, with lots of carbonation which lead to a nice medium dark head wich lasted a long time. Very roasty and malty which overburdens most of the hop flavors and bitterness, while the aroma is all roasted malts that remind me of coffee. Very well done.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2004 Dark black color, huge foamy off-white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass, roasty chocolate-coffee aromas. Roasted burnt chocolate coffee flavors, nice bitter-sweet flavors, good roasted bitterness in the finish. Light to medium body with a semi watery mouthfeel, pretty nice.
muzzlehatch (4425) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Appearance: bit oily looking, otherwise typical stout darkness with almost no head. Weak coffee/chocolate aroma; flavor fairly bitter/dry; bit of winey character with a trace of chocolate. Some fruitiness in the finish but mostly quite dry. Just didn’t do it for me; something about Shipyard’s stuff in general, maybe.
Troobie99 (60) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This isn’t an Irish stout--or at least wasn’t last year when I bought a bottle. The bottle I had was black and thick, with a chocolate and walnut nose. It was a dense beer, somewhat one-dimensional with a sharp malt astringincy (too much crystal malt is what it tastes like). It’s a decent beer, but they need to ratchet back the crystal malt, and try to achieve the dryness through roasted barley and different hopping.
ericmoss3799 (73) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 14, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great Stout that is better then Guiness or Murphy’s. This is one of my favorite stouts along with Gritty’s Black Fly Stout and Red Hook Double Black Stout.
legion242 (1999) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deepest red-black in color; Tan, thick, creamy head- impressive; Vanilla and brown sugar in the nose. Thin palate but real nice roasted flavors. A mild sweetness is hidden at the sides of the tongue. An average little stout that won’t win any awards.