monkeycmdr (18) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I absolutely LOVE this beer...the taste is rich with chocolate, but without tasting like coffee like a lot of other stouts, and it actually tastes great cold. There seems to be no end to the layers of taste..you notice something new every time you drink one. The appearance, strangely, didn't strike me as anything special, but this is one of my top three beers (Aventinus Doppelbock and Traquair Jacobite Ale being the other two). I hunt this stuff down wherever I can find it, and thankfully, since I live in Canada, it's not hard to find.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque cascading black with a hot chocolate colored head (Draft at Ziggy's). Not much aroma, possibly due to bar atmosphere with clove cigarettes being smoked right behind us. Creamy, smokey roasted malts. Nice mild bitter finish with delicious dark chocolate hints throughout. The head on this beer is unbelieveable. If you have a chance to drink this on tap, DO NOT pass it up.
swiseman (448) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not much more can be said about this that hasn't already been said - great head, good color, a great taste and not too too heavy. However, the aftertaste is a little strong and I don't recommend this beer with food.
DYCSoccer17 (3498) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap: Pours opaque black with an invinceable creamy light tan head. Palate is very creamy and very thick. Nose is pretty faint. Start is mildly sweet with some chocolate, finishes with some bitterness. The creaminess and palate makes this beer.
hotstuff (4408) - Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer formed a small sized medium brown head with fine-medium sized bubbles that mostly dissipated. The body was opaque and uncarbonated with a black hue. The nose was lightly malty, chocolate and coffee. The flavor was that of chocolate notes and roasted coffee that left a slight aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth and the lacing was average. A little too much of a coffee taste for me.
thedm (5159) - Fort Wayne, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bottled brew from SlikWily poured a exquisitely fine large head (for a stout at least) of foamy fine to medium sized long lasting dark brown colored bubbles that left behind a be3autifl opaqu pitch black body with no visible carbonations and a good lace. The aroma us equally wonderful and full of dark malt, chocolate, mild coffee, mollasses, toffee, some roasted notes and probably many others. Wow! The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and refined. No bite at all. Delectible flavors of dark malt, chocolate, mild vinuous notes, mollasses, sweet malt, oatmeal and a little soda pop thrown in for good measure! An equisite stout. Thank you Kevin! Too bad I did not reveive this in time for #1000. it would have been an excellent choice. Thank You!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The last new beer I'll rate in 2003. Expectedly dark, but has a really lovely thick, puffy coffee-colored head. Nice nose, redolent with chocolate, a bit of woodiness. Taste has a fair amount of espresso, a bit of chocolate. Not as rich as the nose promises. Really nice, viscous palate, but could use a bit more carbonation.
savitska (163) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An inky, black beer with a thick laceless head. Very bitter for a stout. A rich, full texture with a heavy, grainy aroma. The first beer I've had to have an "oily" character to the mouthfeel. For my tastes, truly too much coffee bitterness for a Stout.
dragonthc (11) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
wow, this is what stout should be. jet black color. minimal head. coffee nose. very roasty flavor. this was thick like real guinness
ClarkVV (4346) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 2003 bottle consumed in December 2003. Extremely deep black, nice finger and a half dark ruby brown head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is dark dark roast. Heavy bitter coffee, some smoke? Good bitter hops, and some tart prunes mayhaps. Flavor gets a few extra points for originality. Heavily roasty, not overly sweet at all. Body is thick, oily, sticky. Medium body, HIGHLY carbonated (too much so). Like there’s some sour milk in there, but not in a bad way. . . Finish is pleasant and balanced, but a bit too lacking. After I drank more and it warmed, I picked up a lovely smoked flavor, I think it was just the roasted oatmeal, but it was nice. Needs more, though I love not overtop beers, so maybe this is quite nice. . .hmm, shall rerate soon from the other bottles I am cellaring. Filtered unfortunately. Thank you, Oakes, for sendin these my way!
2005 bottle Fresh. And freshness is the key, as it is with all McAuslan beers (except the vintages). The beer is one of the foremost accomplishments in brewing today of the example of rich, full flavor without being overdone or full of alcohol. Chocolatey, creamy, hearty, but yet supremely drinkable. Even the filtration and artificial carbonation don’t seem to hinder the texture when fresh. Lightly creamy, plenty of vanilla and moderate roast. Score is for a fresh bottle, as that is how it should be consumed.