kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice black color with tan head. Roast coffee aroma. Hints of black chocolate, slightly sweet, definate coffee notes. Great with the chocolate porter cake at Smokeless Joe's in Toronto.
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2003 (9/18/03): At last, a full bottle all to myself, not to share with a soul, just me me me. And no distraction of a many-beer tasting, just one man and one beer. Motor oil pour with a mocha brown head. Aroma is chocolate, light coffee. Taste is unsweetened coffee, and that's just not a flavor that sits well with me. Creamy medium/full body.
PhillyBeer2112 (2528) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally got my hands on one of these, and what a worthwhile search it was. Pours dark brown, near black,with cappucino foam head. Bittersweet chocolate is the theme here, both in the nose and flavor. Chocolatey sweet malts present themselves in the middle, and roasty bitterness and hops balance out the finish. Well done. Mild astringency is present from the oatmeal, and on the whole this beer isn't quite as smooth as one might expect, but its still a top notch stout.
BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really looked forward trying this at the summer party. Multilayered hue and a nice tan head, good lacing. Full-bodied. Awesome aroma with vanilla and chocolate hints, espresso, prunes and oats (duh). Taste was balanced between malts and hops, vinous. Fizzy to start but softer mouthfeel as I drank it. Outstanding beer, worthy of the praise, but I still like Samuel Smith's Oatmeal better.
mds (2221) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a burst of flavour! pitch black, with big brown head. smells mostly of coffee and some bitter chocolate. there is just so many different flavours going on in my mouth! It's great. Mildly bitter finish.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2005 Smokey, roasty, liquorice, choc aroma. I thought I could smell some smoked ham or something in this. Satisfying chocolate and liquorice flavours, though not as complex as the aroma hinted. Dry finish was a little too short for something with such great flavours. Thanks Josh for this fine example and many more.
pondoshuffles (141) - Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Guinness should take lessons from these guys. This is the real deal, pitch black, with complex flavours of espresso coffee, liquorice, and dark fruit combine with a well-hopped bitterness. A true world classic, I prefer the bottled version to the draught. Nitrogen does not do it for me. It just dumbs down the beer- any beer.
Ventrithor (5) - CANADA - MAY 4, 2003 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my first (and favorite) beers. Made locally, the stuff is always excellent when purchased, and goes down smooth on ever occasion.
JMerritt (1813) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great looking beer: dark brown bordering on black with a huge tan head. Nice chocolate malt and coffee aroma. Flavor has one heck of a hop bite to it, a great surprise for a stout. Thick, meaty texture. Definitely suggested. Thanks again, DougShoemaker!
Panzuriel (1316) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark brown/blackish colored beer with a good head. Nice sweet malty aroma. Good flavor of dark chocolate and sweet malts. Good mouthfeel. Nice flavor. Great beer.