SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unexpected big and creamy head off white color. Tacky lace sticks to the side of the glass like wallpaper paste. Roasted chocolate malt and caramel aroma. Capuccino with cinnamon floating on top flavors and milk chocolate hints. Mouthfeel starts creamy, but becomes dry. Roasted malt then bitter finish. Good.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - OCT 23, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dry with nice body and good mouthfeel. Not particularly hoppy, but good solid roastiness. Not amazing but definitely a good stout.
faulstich (25) - Davis, California, USA - OCT 22, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little plain for a stout, but good.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good roasted flavor at the front with a sharp hop bite near the finish. A tad bit thin in the body. Decent stout, not great but not bad.
rstarobi99 (4) - New York, USA - OCT 16, 2002 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice, creamy stout. I enjoyed it - the color was dark, but I would have liked it to be a bit darker.
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2005 Black body with a billowing tan head. Lots of river foam lacing. Coffee bean bitterness. Sweet yeasty, walnuty aroma. It has just a touch of bitterness. The flavor is fantastic, it starts out like a cappacino (creamy milk tempered with coffee) and finishes with dark chocolate bitterness. I like how the beer delivers lots of flavor with a smooth mouthfeel but doesnít overwhelm the senses. A person could put away a couple of these in a night and not pay for it the next day. Note - try this stuff aged for a year, it seems to make it more creamy and sweet.
PhillyBeer2112 (2474) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark but not opaque. Slight shade of garnet showing through. Huge creamy dark tan head, lasts forever with heavy lacing. Rich malty aroma with caramel notes, plus some cinnamon and spicy hops. Smooth presence up front, a little sharp and tangy with medium roasted flavors. Predominantly dry. Heavy mouthfeel and strongly bitter finish. Like their porter, thereís an almost plastic-like aftertaste but not as pronounced. Still, a finish twanginess is not altogether pleasant.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Black color, large head. Roasted malts, some hop bite. A full flavored stout. Medium body. Good balance. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Aftertaste is roasted malts and slightly bitter.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really swell. Dark and roasted grains work wonderfully with the fruity yeastiness and cascade hops. All work so nicely in tandem, alternating eminence so as to make it hard in the right places and soft in the right places as the flavor unfolds.