loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black color with almost no head. Soft feel, not crisp in any way, but that’s okay here. This thing has an extreme smoky/roasted flavor. The aroma was sweet with some slight alcohol in it. A somewhat tobacco finish here leaves me curious as to exactly how I feel about this beer. I would have guessed this was a dry stout (with a sweet edge to it).
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Charred chocolaty aroma, even more charred on the palate. Very mild fruitiness and decent bitterness in the finish. Black color but virtually no foam.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 'chocolate milk'-like aroma, pitch black and thick, tan head was 'gone in 60 seconds', Bittersweet chocolate flavor, very bitter choc finish almost to the point of being sour
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black color, creamy brown head.
Finally a stout with a complete aroma: hop, roasted malt, liquorice, coffee.
Rich flavor, good body structure, some residual sweetness in the beginning, soon defeated by a bold bitterness and liquorice; good malt, roasted malt, liquorice and hop.
Good final, supported by the roastiness and bitterness.
Pleasant brew, doesn’t score more just because it lacks some originality; compared to one of my favourites dark ales (<a href=’http://www.ratebeer.com/ShowBeer.asp?BeerID= London Porter), it has far less hop character.
Recommended for the harmony of the coffee character with the malt.
leaparsons (7801) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bittersweet like good quality dark chocolate. The finish is especially choc-like with a touch of coffee. It is amazing what variety of flavours beer ingredients can produce.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body
is black (non-opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, cocoa powder, mild coffee), with notes of chalk and sour milk. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, creamy/watery texture, lively/soft carbonation. Rather sour, as with the porter, and quite chalky/powdery too. Not very good.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2002
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pepper in the chocolate!!…Pepper in the chocolate!!…My nose is full of it…This overwhelming smoky dash in the nostrils easily topples its taste…Light in the palate, but a surge to the nose…
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2004 Very good coffeish chocolate aroma. The taste and finish is a bit too thin and bitter.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The worst chocolate beer i’ve had. Not as good as Young’s and Bredaryds.
pilsnerrogge (2413) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fullbodied, very roasty. Enjoy it slowly.