jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black with a big fluffy tan head. It looks very inviting. The lacing is superb. The aroma is rich and malty, hints of coffee and chocolate with a good sweet malt backbone. A little bit of alcohol aroma can also be detected. The flavor is roasted malt that provides the initial bitterness then a little bit of hops. Coffee flavors dominate from about mid-swallow on. The body is full and creamy. This is an excellent stout overall, far above and beyond the typical run-of-the-mill stout.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2004 One of the best stouts I've had from a bottle. Poured with a dark rocky head, coffee chocolate flavours.
Crockett (1022) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap pours black with a good, tawney foam head. Mild aroma of coffee and roasted maltiness. Has a very bitter first mouthful, with espresso, burnt sugar and molasses. The thick body gives way to a light smokiness, mild chocolate maltinessand dried fruits (rasins, plums, blueberries and bread). Mildly astringent and dry. Quite filling. Nice stout. Have to re-rate in a bottle.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2008 Big black pour with smallish head. Roasted malt, dried fruit coffee and anise dominate the aroma and taste. Nice hoppy bitter finish. Decent lacing throughout. Nice roasted coffee in there as well.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Toffee cocoa coffee caramel aroma.Thick dark brown appearance with huge tan head.Dry mild hoppy coffee cocoa flavor with a dry chocolate cake finish.
kumite56 (471) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very good beer. I am not typically a stout fan but will make an exception here. Nice aroma with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Great appearance with a black body and a nice tan head. Very balanced. Nicely hopped with the necessary roasty malts. Some liquiroice present as well. Initially lightly sweet with a dryer but nice finish. I wish this was sold in my maket;. Well done.
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2004 Bottle. A near-black stout with a full aroma of roasted malt and a definite smokiness. Roasty, nutty, and bitter chocolate flavors dominate the medium, moderately carbonated body, leaving a nice, burnt aftertaste. A very flavourful stout that drinks bigger than it’s 5% abv. Always enjoyable.
Gorbalev (2974) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2006 On tap, beer bistro (re-rate). One of the best Canadian beers out there. Pitch black, great chocolaty white head, thick and lasting. Lots of roast in aroma, and chocolate notes. Tons of roast and chocolate in taste, hint so coffee and vanilla. What a great chewy oatmeal stout, this is my go to winter pint.
piscator34 (2016) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2007 Black as night, with a tan head. The promise of chocolate and burnt coffee made by the nose is delivered in the mouth. This is a fantastic beer. The only small criticism I would have is that it could have a bit more weight in the mouth. I wish this beer was more widely available in Canada.
TheBeerGod (5407) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Rastacouere for sending this to me! Pours midnight black. No light is creeping through this thing. Moderate foamy tan head. Nose is roasted malt, some lighter coffee and wood notes. Very pleasant coffee-ish and burnt taste. Very smooth but a little oily feeling on the palate. Nice roasted malt finish. Very good beer, but I think a tad overrated.