loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 17, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2003 Dark dark dark brown. Just a hint of red shown through when I held the glass up to the sun. Nice tan head...not too big...just right for a stout. The aroma was bitter, roasty, and malty sweet. The flavor was slightly bitter up front, then sweet roasted coffee, and finished with a slight taste of semi-sweet chocolate. Very silky smooth feel...one of the smoothest. Despite being so smooth, the beer keeps a crisp edge to it. Why isn't this beer listed as a sweet stout? Great great great stout...one of the "Big Daddy's!"
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - SEP 16, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty, caramel and sweet chocolate nose. Big frothy light brown head on this black body. Fullmouth chocolate feeling,toasted, sweet but not to sweet. But then... a watery finish. Too bad. You want to have this chocolate feeling for longer in your mouth!
NightOwl (45) - Midland, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2005 dark colour, smooth appearance with a light, creamy head - dark chocolate flavour understated at first, stronger later - no aftertaste for me - enjoyable by even non-beer fans. My favorite chocolate stout.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black liquor. Chocolate milky head. Earthy aromas of malt, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice. Sweet malts first,medium to full bodied. Chocolate is extremely evident all the way. Extremely bittersweet finish. Nice hops, very very well balanced stout. One of the best, definately. The chocolate is just incredible.
PorterPounder (4956) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2002
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma - light chocolate - expected something stronger. Appearance - black as night - but head was weak with little lace. Flavor - smooth with subtle chocolate undertones. Great mouthfeel - no chalky aftertaste. Overall a good solid stout.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great cocoa aroma, and rich dark color (but little to no head). Just slightly too bitter for some reason. RERATE 9/8: chocolate mousse finish that is very satisfying, not as bitter this time.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark as a chokecherry; bright light does squeeze through it, but ends up smashed and faint like the red light in a photographers dark room. palomino colored head has fedelity. aroma is as glib as a carnival hawker, promising a joyride of chocolate cherries and chicoried coffee. sipping keeps the promise: dark roasted coffee and almond flavor has seemingly bittersweet chocolate mid tongue, but convecting in lighter vapors are amazing milk chocolate notes. tingly carbonation makes it vivacious. sweetness and bitterness teeter-totter like hyperactive five year olds, deflecting any threat of candied sweetness. engaging as a lapdance (almost). i only wish it had more alcohol to give it authority. say, a punch of seven or eight abv so we’d be sure it ain’t kid stuff.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - AUG 30, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pretty lackluster. Hoppy finish is nice but doesn’t make a beer. Not very tasty or aromatic. Might as well let your mind hunt for the bitter chocolate essence since there’s nothing else of note.
zippyland (7) - USA - AUG 23, 2002 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark mahogany color - almost opaque black - with a tan, creamy head of tightly beaded bubbles. Mild aroma of chocolate. Smooth and subtle chocolate flavor, bittersweet finish. The flavor and aroma were enhanced as the beer warmed, in particular becoming sweeter. An excellent, if one dimensional (chocolate), beer.