JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAY 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2005 Pitch black body color with a thick, tan head that looks like pudding. Smell is delicious, however, subdued. Roasted notes along with chocolate, milk, coffee and toffee. Very easy drinking and tasty, feels silky in the mouth. Roasted and sweet flavors blend nicely into one hell of a beer. Sampled off tap in Toronto, CAN.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a darkblack with a nice sudsy tan head. Aroma is noticable on the pour. Roasted malt/dark chocolate with a light coffee nose hintsofcaramel sweetness with some toffee notes. Smoothe roasted malt flavor is balanced oh so well, slight coffee taste with a mild underlying sweetness. Ends with a pleasant bitter and an aftertaste of coffee and some sweet malty flavors. Smooth. Excellent.
JorisPPattyn (8387) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deepest brown, nearly black; brown-greige head, thick & dense, leaving lace. Nose of burnt coffee, cigar tobacco, dark green leaves (aucuba...). Dark black coffee taste, fully roasted grain. There is a definite grain taste -vaguely reminiscent of diet flakes, all-bran, Knäckebrod, etc. - oatmeal, no doubt. Very bitter finish, both burnt grain and hops - not very noble though. Not very well-bodied, rather watery texture, the oatmeal notwithstanding. This is certainly a good stout. But where it hails its world-classic status from, is an enigma to me.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - MAY 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a jet-black color with some translucence if held to a bright light. Lacing and head is minimal. Aroma is sweet coffee and chocolate mixed with some hop notes as well. Flavor is excellent. The perfect mix of roasted, burnt coffee and sweet chocolate with a good hop bitter finish. This reminds me of a chocolate liquor in some aspects. Body is full and rich. A really great stout.
ajas (1) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
the best bottled stout i have found so far. full bodied beer. hints of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt
themadbrewer (4) - Whitby, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Full of flavour. Great mouthfeel and a very pleasant aroma. The best example of stout that I’ve been able to find commerically.
Sammy (9441) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2004 nice chocolate lack color and taste. Thick consistency. Nice bittersweet chocolate/expresso aftertaste with a tad of sweetness.. Can sip and enjoy.
Had later on draft-very smooth
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big foamy tan head on a black body. Aroma is not really strong but is like unground coffee beans. Flavour is much more pronounced with a kind of fruity start and a strong heavily roasted, but not burnt, coffee finish. Has a very thick consistency. Many thanks to tiggmtl for the trade.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This has to be one of my favorite beers! Fantastic and delicious. This stout is a winner!
sfontain (834) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks to muzzlehatch for trading a bottle of this to me. My #52 rating, putting me in the #3 Vermont rater spot. :) (For now.) Pours absolutely opaque black with a huge brown head; tan lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma is beefy (well, not literally), with coffee, chocolate, caramel, malt, and hops very noticeable; wonderfully sweet, roasty smell. Rolling this along across my tongue, the beer gets richer as it starts to froth up, and the sharp sweetness really comes out. Flavor is predominantly of coffee and chocolate, and the finish is wonderfully balanced--mildly bitter and not at all overdone. Body is a bit on the thin side, though, but flavor, aroma, and appearance make up for it. Overall, this is easily among the best beers I have ever had. This is a superb oatmeal stout; just plain enjoyable to drink. I only wish I could easily get more.