Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This stout pours with a black body topped by a thin, brown head with some lacing. The aroma is roasty, slightly bitter and malty with slight sweet notes and a nice coffee note. The flavor is slightly sweet but mostly bitter, roasty and malty with a nice coffee note. Full bodied, smooth and slighlty dry.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
No pop when I opened the cap, dark chocolate aroma with a hint of fig or raisin, thick sweet chocolate and raisin taste with a very bitter aftertaste. Stayed bitter the whole way. Wouldn't call it smooth.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Above average stout - smooth and silky, with some flavors of chocolate, coffee and a hint of hops at the finish.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly opaque black body with a ruby tone and thin brown head. Nice, appetizing roasty chocolate and coffee aroma plus some woody hops. The same qualities come through very well in the flavor and finish with some nice medium bitterness. This is a high quality stout and a very pleasant surprise. Not far off from one of Samuel Smith's stouts. Granted, I know this to be a very fresh bottle since a recent "English invasion" of beers has hit the shelves in Albuquerque. I love the cool vintage bottle based on an 18th century antique from the great state of New Jersey.
RichardGretton (4424) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Relatively flat stout with a roasted coffee aroma, and a plain dry roasted flavour. Expected a bit more from the beer, overall a weak stout.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a very small tan head. Aroma is strong, burnt chocolate and dried figs. Flavor is syrup sweet to start, Lots of roasted coffee and dried fruit. A bitter finish follows. A nice dry aftertaste without any alcohol burn. Flavors are very strong and very nice. Mouthfeel is thick with little carbonation, a little oily. Much like an Imperial without the astringent alcohol finish. A very nice brew.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark with almost no head at all, aroma is sweet roasted chocolate, initial flavor follows. Syrupy sweet, smooth with cocoa prominent, medium body. Agree that this is very much like an imperial stout, perhaps more drinkable than most. Overall very enjoyable.
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, with a good size head for a stout. Aroma/flavor is burnt, dark chocolate, sweet, fruity(like prunes). Oily body, smooth. Taste like a Imperial only less alcohol. Sweet finish. Great Stout.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good, the aroma real smeel too alcoholic for the actual content. Very strong coffee flavor, nice creamy mocha head. A nice stout.
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with very little carbonation. Chocolate roasted coffee aroma. Smooth and creamy, chocolate and coffee sweetness with just enough bitterness to provide a well blended flavor. I really like this beer.