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 (10664) - 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 (851) - 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.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque, black body with a dense kahki head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is of cocoa, roasted barley, and espresso beans, lovely. Bitter and roasty up front, leads into a sublte sweetness with hints of bitter-sweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Wonderful smooth milky mouth feel. Finishes roasty, and fairly bitter.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2005 Bottled - Smokeless Joes Toronto. Aroma has some roastiness but is not particularly pronounced. The colour is a fantastic black with a good head. The flavour also has some roasty notes but not enough for me for a stout. I was suprised to see it is a top 50 beer as I found it quite thin.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque brown, seems to be balanced perfectly between sweet and dry. Chocolate and coffee notes. Finishes on the bitter side. Thanks for the bonus, tidiaguy.
PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2005 Very black body with brown head. Every mouthful is filled with somptuous coffee and roast aromas. The alcohol makes this beer very warming and it ends with a deep and long lasting roast finish.