Cartoonkhaki (1205) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Its dark with a strong rosted flavour. Its very robust and will really wake your senses.
CapFlu (4253) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2003 (Draught) An excellent stout! I am fortunate enough to have a local pub that carries this fine beer on draught. An nice, thick dark brown head hides the molasses-rich coloured beverage that is about to be enjoyed. Flavours of cocoa with a slight follow-through tartness. Far better on draught - too smokey in the bottle.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick tan frothy head forms atop a black/brown liquid. A dose of hops in the nose is balanced by the rich roasted malt that sweetens the tongue. Its hard to find much better than this offering. Well done.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is mostly hops. It got an excellent chocolate favor and pleasant finish. I really like this beer! Thanks MartinT
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great malt presence, especially with the chocolate notes. Started out with a large, fluffy brown head. The beer is quite rich but not bothersome. Very enjoyable, a nice one to sip and relax with.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well...I was very excited about this one when I bought it. Beautiful in the glass. Delicious smells of chocolate and caramel. Drinking it was a disappointment. The chocolate was very mellow and dominated by unpleasant tartness and bitterness. The roasty espresso finish is very nice, but all in all a disappointment for me.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2002
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Totally awesome. Very smooth and creamy, with touches of coffee and chocolate. Color is beautiful. Highly recommended by this self proclaimed expert.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black, almost onyx in color with a tawny head. This is a very fragrant beer with hints of rasins and plums as well as a winey or almost bordeaux like nose. Dried fruits and very roasted, espresso like, flavors abound. This is a beer that comes off, in some aspects, like a high quality imperial stout. I am greatful for being afforded the opportunity to sample this liquid gold.
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2004 Assertive, dry bitterness emulating the obscurity of ashes...Citrus drops on coffee beans and a spoonful of cream...
Bitter chocolate is delightful...St-Ambroise Noire is orgasmic...Bitter chocolate with St-Ambroise Noire justifies gluttony...As much flavor as you can pack into a regular-strength stout...
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich, creamy head that lasted throughout and landed alone at the bottom of the glass. Nearly perfect nose, especially as it warmed. Hints of all of my favorite stouts, including some coffee-brewed and cream stouts, but nothing was dominating in the nose or taste. So smooth and rich with a perfect dry (but not too hoppy) end.