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 ’thin’ - 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 (8237) - 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 o’ road tar. In other words, it’s 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.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Somebody send Oakes another bottle. It’s not a world beater, but it’s not a ’bleh’ either. Nicely roasted, sweeter malt with some cloying cherry, but mostly interesting molasses. It has some rougher edges to be sure - some from hops, some from the challenging carbonation. I’d say it gets the nod over Moose Juice, the other Jackson Hole stout.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2002
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Almost non-existant aroma. Slight notes of roasted malt and coffee I really had to struggle to discern. Flavor profile is not much better. Not watery, just not many exceptional flavors. Some roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and slight smoke but I had to struggle to find them. Bitter finish. Black as night with a large milk chocolate colored head I found appealing. Altogether, not a stout I’m eager to try again.
jsquire (3499) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark beer with nice, dark head. Initial flavor is roasty/coffee balanced with alot of hops. As it warms the alcoholic notes come out in the finish. This is a good stout with all the right flavors, if maybe a little less complex than my favorite stouts.
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 Jet black colour. Rocky head. Very attractive stout. Chocolatey, slightly lactic, a bit roasty aroma. Distinctly chocolatey flavour with delicious sweet maltiness. This combination of complexity and drinkability is rare.
kublai3 (175) - Staten Island, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3442) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My god, this beer is blacker than the dark side of the moon! Creamy dark tan head. Chocolate nose. Soft and smooth on the palate. Roasty & toasty, with some coffee tones and some dark-chocolate sweetness. I don’t see it as being ’watery.’ Sometimes a soft mouthfeel might be misinterpreted as ’watery,’ but the flavor is fairly robust. Bitter - almost sour - finish, which lasts... and I liked it. Maybe a little acrid, but I like ’em like that; call me weird.
igneous1 (1500) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 8, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
gorgeous brew....big head that lasts. chocolate dominated flavor initially with coffee notes lingering on the palate....very tasty
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 7, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
big and dark with a dark brown head. creamy with a super dark chocolate taste balanced by a nice coffee taste. a good stout.