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 (7523) - 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.
Indra (2570) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2003 Bottled -- Rich, highly roasted malt aroma, some dark coffee, molasses, semi-sweet chocolate and a very faint vinous quality. Deep, opaque black color, with a foamy, rocky light brown head, subsiding and some extremely delicate lacing. Thick, malty, dark, roasty flavor profile, some toffeeish sweetness, bitter coffee, dark chocolate, hazelnut and just a hint of fruity plum and earthiness. Medium-full body and thick, coating texture. Some light acidity and moderate roasty bitterness on the finish. Very flavorful and satisfying rendition, quite nice.
Original rating, draught -- Standard nitro stout head, which is to say unnaturally thick and small bubbled, medium dun in color. Thick-looking dark black-brown in color. Slightly malty aroma, nitrogen is definitely apparent and seems to leave something of it's own mark to the detriment of the rest of the aroma. Super creamy beer. Oatmeal gives a very Samuel Smith-ian character to this one, flavor-wise. No tingle or real bitterness on the palate, and with a medium body. Rich, roasted oat taste, with some fruit, perhaps currant? Just so roasty! Some bready malt and light cocoa. Tastes pretty good but nitro ruins the palate and a few other things about the beer. I have a feeling I would have liked the bottled version much better, but I didn't see the tap spigot before I ordered it. 5/4/8/3/15 - 3.5
jaymobrown (1617) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on tap. Dark and sweet. Very good. Roasted and chocolate flavors. For $4 I’ll have another.
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick juicy stout, creamy coffee. It does represent classic set of aromas. Nice but I am not sure if deserve to be in top 50
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Head is initially large, frothy, brown, fully lasting. Body is
absolutely opaque black. Aroma is moderately malty (mild coffee, toasted
dark bread, dark chocolate, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), with
light notes of clove and vanilla. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately
bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter,
lightly acidic. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly
astringent. Well-earned high ranking...easy drinking (not heavy or too
sweet), yet it doesn’t lack mouthfeel or character. Rich and clean
chocolate-and-coffee aroma, wonderful flavor balance. As with Fuller’s
London Porter, this excels in all categories and doesn’t require much
alcohol to do so. Thanks to Monsieur Oakes for sending me this one.