obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - AUG 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark as night with thick dark head. Malty dry chocolate nose with some cherry fruit.Rich, thick, mice dry chocolate and burnt toast notes on the palate. Very rich with lingering burnt toast finish. Very nice stout that’s not over the top!
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had at Sir Ben’s Tavern in Duluth. Dark Brown Coloring. No Head. Roasts Aroma. Chocolate.. Little bit of Coffee and Something Else...Caramel or Toffee? Either Way, A Wonderful Stout. Worth Keeping Some Around.
badgerben (4864) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with no head and little carbonation. Coffee aroma. Sweet chocolate and coffee taste with a good malty kick as well. Tasty!
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown head, which leaves fast. Dark brown color. Chocolatey esspresso aroma. Pretty sweet taste... choclate, caramel, coffee finish. Nothing extremely complex, but it is tastey. Palate is so-so. Very good!
Cartoonkhaki (1252) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black with dark brown head. An undiscovered gem of wisconsin. Sweet malty coffee hints slight toffee and good caramel. Wow.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body with lots of carbonation. Dusty, weak coffee aroma. The flavor has chocolate and sweet caramel with a suprisngly smokey finish. My two detractions about this beer are the too-light mouthfeel and the overabundance of carbonation. Both lead to a light, fizzy feeling on the tongue that doesn't befit a rich, sweet stout like this.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 Black. Small brown head. Tarry, burnt, smokey aroma with some bitter chocolate and coffee. Similar flavors. Quite smokey.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rhoades Scholar poured with a strong baker's chocolate aroma, with burnt roasted malt and perhaps a touch of licorice as well. Body is dark brown/red with a thin light tan head. Flavor is ever so complex, even though the body is rather thin: roasted malt, chocolate, a touch of vanilla, and caramel finishing with very distinct coffee bean notes. Dark fruit swirls in the background. Aftertaste is almost too fudgy! Reminds me of Mackeson XXX Stout. Liquid chocolate. Thanks Mike (BBB63) for this excellent stout!
TAR (2671) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2004 Dark prune with ruby sparkles at the bottom of the glass. Thick, rocky light caramel head. Lovely rich chocolatey aroma with oodles of burnt mocha notes, caramel, vanilla, and fudge. Muted candy, Crystal sweetness. Restrained phenolic, vinous, and metallic elements. Soft body. Very fluffy and creamy carbonation. Plethora of malt layers with heavy roast and buttery espresso beans. Perfectly charred notes appear alongside a dash of coconut oil and concord grape. Finishes harmoniously with an intensifying espresso and dried plum mixture. Lingering vinous, vanilla, butter toffee, and fudgy malt notes. Many Imperial Stouts strive to be this flavorful and elegant. Phenomenal dry stout.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep opaque brown color with a beige head. Very rich sweet chocolate covered cherry aroma with a hint of coffee and alcohol. Very nice full flavor, with chocolate, cherry and coffee, and a lightly smokey aftertaste. Kind of a light tingly feel, which I did not expect. Very enjoyable.