DukeofYork (44) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks like crude oil (completely opaque) poured, very little head... although bubbles are apparent within. Oily/sweet malt/rye bread/brakish aroma. Sour sweetness (not to the extent of Guinness FES), some bready/chewy malt. Pumpernickle...Cocoa. Very smooth mouthfeel ... some alcohol rises to nose. Sweet roast stays in the mouth ... good stuff, but a bit too thin.
Cartoonkhaki (1205) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very roasted aroma. There is alot going on in the taste as well. It has a creamy, sweet, bitter finish that I find attractive. It lacks a watery aftertaste that I find in most of the stouts that I have ever had. I really enjoyed this one.
GregClow (2801) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2003 Re-rate - December 21, 2003 - I found a bottle of this stashed away from back in January, and either my tastes have changed or this aged really nicely. The body is stronger than I remember, and the flavour is quite complex, with notes of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, and bitter coffee. Makes me wish I'd bought more when it was available up here!
Original rating - January 8, 2003 (3.6): A still, inky blackness with no head to be found. Roasty aroma with some chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Light, creamy mouth feel - not really my style, I like my stouts to be chewier. Toasty flavour with a smoky, bitter cocoa finish.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Totally opaque beer. Chocolatecoloured head.
Roasted aroma with coffee and acetone tones.
Bitter falvor with coffee and dark chocolate.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black appearnce, quickly dissipitating foamy tan head. Big aroma of heavy roast and light chocolate. A touch of alcohol and smoke in there as well. The body is smooth with semisweet malt presence and pleasant roast. Smoke in the finish. Dries towards the end with a milky mouthfeel. This is a great stout, lovin the smoke, great roast in the nose. Love this brewery.
CapFlu (4253) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2003
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours an opaque black with a thin-laced head. Fairly sweet aroma with hints of licorice. Taste: cocoa, malt, bitter and medicinal. Rather gross!!!
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate, coffee and liquorice aromas. Black, pours a medium cappuccino head, some lace. Coffee, liquorice and faint chocolate flavours, great roasted bitter aftertaste. Bitter, oily, quite smooth. A fine Sweet Stout!
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours black with a tan head. roasty, curranty sweet nose. as the name implies, it has a creamy, smooth mouthfeel. mildly smoky, roasted malt flavours, hints of vanilla sweetness. Iíd never guess this beer was 6.5%abv. a nice sweet stout.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Eclipse black color, very small head. Enormous chocolaty aroma. A medium bodied stout. Mild malts, kind of smoky. The chocolate flavor is mostly in the aroma. Smooth taste, sort of chocolate milk like. A nice sipping stout. This or Young’s D Choc Stout would be a good introduction to the style. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.
SilkTork (5021) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
OK, I donít like St Peterís overpriced beers, nor am I a fan of soft, oatmeal type stouts, but this is very smooth and drinkable with lots of flavours. Itís calm and well mannered, and it has no complex depths (the St Peterís beers are not bottle conditioned), but slips down like an oyster in velvet. Not bad for a brewery more concerned with marketing than with making artisinal beers, but not great.