Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a dark brown to black body with red accents topped by a medium thick tan head with little lacing. Slightly bitter roasty malt aroma with a slight musty, grainy note. Slightly sweet but mostly bitter and roasty malt flavor with a slight hoppiness. Not at all what I expect from a quality stout. Medium to full bodied and smooth.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black colour with a light brown head. Very light roast malt aroma. Smooth mouthfeel, but watery. Creamy, light bitterness at the finish. OK.
freekyp (1839) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(cask conditioned version) Big frothy white head that dd not diminish through the entire pint. Strong roast malt nose with hints of licorice. Black as night. Initial taste was moderately roastly and bitter with licorice notes lingering in finish. Very smooth.
Supaflyfresh99 (97) - E.Williston, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2002
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
I drank this at the vermont brew pub, and I thought it was weak and watery. Magic hat Heart of darkness is far superior.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick black colour w/ little head & no lacing. Very nice aroma: chocolate, fruit (prunes, raisins) & . . . olives? Thick & chewy. Quite flavourful. Fruity (prunes, dates, raisins), licorice, aniseed, coffee & chocolate. A little sweet for the style.
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glimmering coffee beans in a mist of vaporized milk…Sweet chocolate…Nice and even…
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 24, 2001
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Didn’t care for this too much at first; I would recommend you let your pint sit a couple of minutes, as the strong (and uncharacteristic) lingering bitter aftertaste smooths out a bit. A bit thin, and the strong vinous nature, though interesting, struck me as weird for a stout; is this more characteristic of Imperials? (July 01). 2nd try on Cask Xmas Eve 01. Cask version is much smoother and silker on the tongue, but also weaker on the nose and perhaps less flavorful. Marginally better this way, if you love that thick-but-silky mouthfeel that stouts can sometimes have (and I do!)
canary dog (727) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - AUG 27, 2001
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Somewhat of an unimpressive stout. Flavor was there, but little body. Too thin.
Oakes (14844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 25, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I found it pretty standard - good quality stuff with some roasty, coffee flavours. No surprises, but a good stout.