0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Dark, garnet body, big tan head, fully lasting, the lacing looks like of like a maze, 1/16-3/8" thick walls. Aroma is yeasty, some caramel malts, lightly toasty, lightly sweet. Flavor is bitter...very toasty, roasty and bitter. Even though they say there’s no chocolate malts, it tastes somewhat chocolatey, very dry finish. Balance...what’s that? Finish mellows out after a minute or so... Creamy palate, light body for a stout, roughtly a fullish medium(a bit heavy for a porter, a bit light for a stout), light carbonation. Hopped like an IPA, I can taste grapefruit rind in here. Not what I expect from a stout, but very interesting and I like the roastiness, caramel malts show themselves lightly in the finish. I let this stuff warm almost to room temp. in hopes that the malts would show themselves and to some avail, I found some caramel malts in the middle and a hint at the front and the finish is still entirely bitter, touch of caramel to make it tolerable. Intriuging brew.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good malty nose, like almost all stouts are. Hints of chocolate and roasted malt atcion. Flavor is very nice when it has warmed up a bit. The earth malt flavor come out more, instead of when its too cold and the palate dominates it. Definately one to avoid if it hasnt been out of the fridge for too long.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pitch black color with a khaki head, approx. 1 inch thick. Smells of malt, maple syrup, caramel, and lightly of cocoa , anise and sour milk. Taste begins sweet grapes and chocolate then gets very bitter and roasted. After is dry and bitter chocolate and roasted coffee. This is a benchmark stout but it seemed just smack dab in the middle with every other "good" stout. Nothing stands out as exceptional with this beer.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black, big lacey tan head. aroma of chocolate, coffee, roast, rasisin, hops and molasses. smooth chcolatey flavour with a bitter finish nicely balanced between roast and hop
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2004 dark body med. head, nice taste, bitter, initial chocolate, coffee. after taste bitter. nice and rich, decent. a liile too bitter.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good stout. Beautiful black appearance with a light tan medium head. Decent coffee, chocolate aroma. Taste was kinda plain, but great at the same time. A little vanilla, roasted coffee flavors. Better than expected.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - huge coffee aroma. A beige head so tightly bubbled that it nearly looks like a nitro pour. Very roasty! A nice bitter bite at the back. Creamy palate. Very nice!
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled from 207th street warehouse,
brown color big cream head.
rosted malt is there with a hoppy finish.crarml and coffee too.
A solid stout from cali.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark body with a thin beige head. Nose is very sweet and malty. Flavor is roasted malt, hops, caramel, coffee, and a little prune. There is a stronger hop presence than I was expecting. There is a good balance between carbonation and flavor. The mouthfeel is very clean for a stout IMO. The finish is dry and just a little rough on the tongue. I beleive this is a well done stout and it is very enjoyable. Would be a good beer to have with a sandwich.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark body with hints of red, dense, creamy tan head, roasty, semi-sweet nose. Roasty body with heavy-duty finishing bitterness.