BobP (3) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I simply love this stout. Has been my favorite beer for many years now. The extra bitterness of this stout is something I quite enjoy.
jsquire (4106) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark beer out of the bottle with a frothy brown head. Dark malty nose with hints of chocolate and licorice. Pours very thick and leaves great lace. Very smooth mouthfeel that coats the mouth in a very pleasing way. Chocolate with a strong malty sweetness balanced well by the coffee bitterness. Great sipping beer. Thanks a ton to my Secret Santa for this one.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, dark body and a great mocha head. Aroma of roasty coffee and dark dried fruit. Flavor is surprisingly bitter, esspresso-like. Some bitter chocolate maltiness. Finished rather dry and bitter, even a touch phenolic.
pintbypint (3326) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from 341 ml brown bottle. Jet black with tan head, aroma of black coffee and chocolate. Lots of roasted taste with a subtle sweetness. More dark choclate notes and more coffee in the bitter finish. Thanks to Deb.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body with a big stiff tan head - leaves viney lacing. Rich malty chocolate dominates the aroma, accompanied by bitter coffee and dark esters. Underwhelming flavor and mouthfeel, I was hoping for something a little thicker and sweeter. The flavor is nice though, featuring light chocolate and smooth coffee in the start, finished with bread and coffee bitterness. Medium mouthfeel.
shadey (2073) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2007 Initial Rating (8/23/2004). HUGE thanks to slikwily for this beautiful beer. The pour is a creamy black with a tan creamy head that last quite a while. The aroma is all dark chocolate, rich and smooth. The taste is a delicious match with a chocolate and coffee flavor and a bitter chocolate aftertaste. Outstanding.
Two 2007 Bottles acquired in trade. Pour is absolutely lucious. Black matte with a luxurious head of frothy tan cream. Lace coats the glass. Aroma is really enticing, rich malted chocolate (like chocolate malt balls). The flavor is mild bitterness and rich chocolate. The body is perfect. I wish this was distributed to NY. My numbers were right the first time.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I finally got my hands on this beer after years of trying to get some. It pours with a black body topped by a thick brown head with lots of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet yet slightly bitter with a nice roastiness and a slight touch of vanilla. It’s not overly aromatic but very nice. The flavor is roasty, malty and coffeeish with a slight sweetness, and a nice bitterness. The finish is nice and roasty. This is a beer I could drink all the time. Full bodied, smooth and slightly dry.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark and thick. Perfect blended taste of malt, oat, chocolate, and coffee. Sweetness provides the perfect blend for almost any breakfast accompaniment.
haukur (1665) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - AUG 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
looks superb, excellent aroma, nice sweet roasted bitter taste but very watery finish. Coffee and mocha are dominant, some charamel sweetness, nice brew but there´s something missing
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Darkness and lace. Oaty sweetness with coffee. Too flat and sweet on the palate.