mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black with massive head. Medicinal coffee aroma. Big coffee taste. Roasted bitter aftertaste & really thick. Thanks Dogbrick you are a dead set legend.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
similar to an astronomical black hole, the darkness of this beverage doesnít merely preclude luminance, itís vortex of imploding atoms actually begins to suck the light out of the environment: my lamp flickers in itís presence. what makes it spiffy tho, is the noble bloom of head, tanned as the brittle pages of an aged manuscript, ostentatious as a bejeweled crown, lasting as a geographic benchmark. i have here a sample six months on the far, elderly side of the freshness date, but i think thatís what makes it good: i used to drink this at the brewery and i thought it was harsh and boorish. now, time has taught it some grace and humility, it has some mello charm: nose has nutty, bitter chocolate and rye bread notes blending with subtle charcoal. nice carbonation waltzes the full bodied dry malts through a succession of soy, coffee and burnt raisins quickly to a sharp hop cresendo. i think i like it: and iím not just pining for fall in jackson hole either. well, maybe a little.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2002
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark black, opaque body; chocolate 1/4 inch head, rings of lace as the glass is drained. Sweet chocolate aroma. This started off slighty sweet and roasted but quickly added these "charred" flavors that nearly ruined it. The finish was short and sweet.
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2003 Very black with a brown head. Roasted malt aroma. Pretty sweet and coffee like.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - JUL 17, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was somehwat impressed with this stout. Iím not sure why, but i wasnt expecting much. Nicely done. However a bit íchalkyí
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 12, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice color and smell. Nice roasted flavoer with a touch of carmel. A very nice all around beer.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a pretty good stout. A nice dark black color with an exceptionally strong chocolate aroma. After that, the flavor was mostly a chocolate malt with some roasted grain flavor as well. It wasnít really that bad, but Iíd prefer a Mackeson Triple stout
Ernest (6342) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2002
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2007 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, dark chocolate, husks), with a note of ash. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, unclean/husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Very poor aftertaste, as it has always had, and a simple burnt aroma. Still have never had a good sample, despite it winning awards periodically and getting some high ratings on occasion here as well. I donít see it.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark and interesting. Warm coffee aroma. It has a thin feel to it though. I mean, it tastes really good - but for as dark as it is and that nice warm aroma, it tastes íthiní - if that is possible. With most beers this dark, I feel like I am drinking a milkshake - but this was thin - not unpleasantly so - it is just a strange observation.
Dogbrick (8650) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like a glass oí road tar. In other words, itís very dark. Thin and quickly diminishing head. Satisfying coffee/roasted barley aroma, and a nice hops/malt balance made for good drinking. Glad I got a sixer of this.