GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
totally black and blocks light like an eclipse. dense, chocolate brown head. ripe, fruity and sweet, alcohol certainly discernable. remeniscent of port wine, leathery and rich. espresso hints. VERY complex and rich. Front is of espressoand dark chocolate, becoming more bitter and dry all the way through to a dry burnt hoppy finish. complex and intense. shortly after a sip, sweet milk chocolate becomes noticeable among the citric hop bitters, potent alcohol and rich espresso. A real pleasure.
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Nearly opaque with a brown head that mostly disappears. Nice roasted aroma, with some sweeter molasses notes, and a distinctive hoppiness. Full bodied, roasty, and oily, but with a piney and resiny hop character that works quite well to create a complex and contemplative overall flavor and lingering aftertaste. My experience has been that young bottles display a more obvious hop character. A very enjoyable, unique stout.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Medium tan head. Dark black color. Aroma is hoppy and roasty with light chocolate and coffee overtones. Delicious and balanced flavor. Has alcohol finish that is quite warming, especially when there is 4 inches of ice covering my city so that I can't go to the store for beer. The palate is a little light for such strength, which I suppose is due to the high amount of hops. Great beer, though.
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good stout. Full bodied and black. thick creamy head which suits the very smooth mouthfeel. Quite bitter, but the beer becomes more appealing when warmed. The aftertaste is pleasant, with lingering notes of the roasted malt finishing with a blend of chocolate malt sweetness and then bitterness which blends well with the distinct hop character. As it warms I detect a mocha flavor which really seperates this beer from other stouts, a bit too bitter I feel.
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick dark black beer. Short lived head was milk chocolate in color. Sweet chocolatey malt aroma. Impressive flavour, deep burnt malt , sweet bitter hop notes. This is one fantastic beer!
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black and impressive. Aroma is burnt malts and dark chocolate. Taste is bittersweet with a dry finish. Great stout.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brownish-black color with a brown head. Very hoppy aroma, with a fair amount of roasted malt. Very hoppy flavor, with a lot of sweet roasted malt. Slightly dry bitter hops finish.
fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a slightly translucent black, with a smaller brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate and nuts predominate. Very full bodied, with a nice coffee flavor. One of the best.
guzzler67 (1550) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lush, roasted malt, toasted grain aroma. Has a dark appearance that light could not penetrate. Small head. Full-bodied, rich coffee flavor with a trace of tobacco in the taste. Generously hopped, with a tasty bitter finish.
djrevnoir (26) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark colour, thick palate. Incredibly complex flavour, though I'm too tired and lazy to really get into typing about it any more right now.