jaymobrown (1606) - 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 (6297) - 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 (6011) - 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.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2002
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black w/ brown, creamy head. Lovely roasted malt aromas. Full-bodied and chewy. Wonderfully complex: moderately sweet w/ intense roasted malt flavours (coffee, chocolate). Dry, balanced hoppy finish. Fabulous beer.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 26, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best before 03/03 drank on 09/02: Pours black with a nice stable light brown head. Huge roasted coffee/chocolate aroma that lets you know what you are in store for. Huge taste that is even more intense than the aroma. Roasted taste lasts for minutes after the last sip. Certainly a brew that is meant to be sipped by itself. Thanks DougShoemaker!
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2007 Pours a mostly opaque black with dark mahogany edges and a sporry-lacing frothy light brown head. Aroma of semi-sweet, earthy dark chocolate and roasted malts. Taste of roasted oats and chocolate malt, with a relatively full mouthfeel. Finishes smooth, bittersweet and roasty, a nice oatmeal stout.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 14, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful chocolate & oatmeal nose; black w/ a large tan head, this is an incredibly dry finishing beer. Very nice.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2002
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
can’t find the flavor through the hops.
GregClow (2805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2003 Re-Rate: The numbers remain the same, but it deserved a better write-up than the previous one. Deep black colour with a big, creamy head the colour of chocolate milk that leaves nice lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and some whiskey notes in the background. Big and creamy in the mouth, absolutely luscious. Amazing array of flavours - coffee, malt, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon - all leading to a perfect touch of hops in the finish. A world class beer.