fiulijn (14290) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color, brownish creamy head. Very nice aroma, basic mix of roasted malt and hop flowers, fresh. Smooth texture, good body structure, strong sweet liquorice; and roasted barley of course. Long roasted end, with a touch of sourness. Classic, but very good.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 Dark ruby color with a large tan head. Coffee and hops are the main aroma. Taste is bitter,roasted malts with Pacific hops. Tasty.
egajdzis (5248) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2014 Poured jet black with a large tan head, opaque coloring. It had a roasted and at the same time a fruity aroma (raisins?), almost like a Belgian. Full mouthfeel with a coffee taste. I couldn’t taste the hops in this as others have noted. I don’t know what I was thinking when I thought it tasted like shit over a year ago. And by the way, it left a nice lacing on the glass as I finished it.
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A tremendously complex wonderful stout. Rich malt charcter with lots of residual body and sweetness, yet at the same time a big hop bitterness still manages to pierce through this malt jungle. It is rich in roasted flavours and in hops. It has sweet, flavourful, hoppy, malty middle but finishes dry and a little bitter. It has a huge wonderful hop character.
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tall thick head, and a dark cola color. Coffee notes in the aroma, and the taste is of bitter coffee, but there's just enough sweetness to keep it from running amok. I did expect a fuller body though.
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another bleh. This is a relatively poor example of the style, IMO. It looks like a stout on the pour, with a very deep red body and thin tan head. Aroma is decent enough, with hops and roasted, almost burnt malts entering the airways. However, I am not a fan of the thin body and weak flavor. Roasted malts and some chocolate are there, but there is a strange caramely sweetness and too much emphasis on the hops. I'll put it this way: the blend does not work, at least for a stout. Now their porter is something else...
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It looks like a stout, but doesn't really taste like one. I was expecting a roasted malt/choc aroma, but it ended up being more hoppy. The palate was the same. Slight roasted malt at the start, but it grapefruits out too much (hops), particularly for a stout. I guess it kind of worked, but the ingredients didn't quite blend together. Not really a good example of a stout.
BBB63 (5937) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nearly opaque black with a large off-white head, excellent lacing. Full-bodied. Nose of roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and piney hops. Coffee like dryness, more bitter than most stouts. Fizzy mouthfeel but smooth. Enough balance to make me want another, recommended.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 25, 2003
2.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A fairly good stout. Different but good. Alot more hoppy flavors than other stouts. Coffee flavor sits nice on the palate. Just a hit of choclate. Good taste of roasted malts.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brings me back to my college days in Chico. Who else makes such an intensely hopped stout? The head is beige and tight. Nice nose of roasted barley and cascades, and toasty, roasty flavors of malt, followed by an afterflavor of caramel and pleasant hoppy bitterness.