JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice dark glass with a big bibbly head. Excellent raosted nose and flavor, but that was about all it has to offer. Still a decent stout. I’ll have another...
freekyp (1483) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2013 Big rocky tan head with swaths of sticky lacing. Nice mix of earthy hop, black roast coffee and chocolate aromas. Full bodied but still easily gulpable. Great balance with the hop character shining through nicely despite the full roasted malt flavors.
jaymobrown (1652) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured this and out popped a huge chocolate froth. I couldn’t get all of the 12oz in one glass. Dark roasted flavors. Some caramel and chocolate. I was pleasantly surprised.
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 (1275) - 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 (1747) - 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 doesn’t 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.