RobBestwick (676) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 2, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
chocolate scented nose, dark disipating head, no lacing, strong chocolate tones, dark hue and full bodied
TheBeerGod (5595) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours almost black with a very nice tan to brown head. First odor is of course a chocolate aroma surrounded by a slight coffee odor. The first sip is awesome. Sweet but with a slight bitterness to it. Creamy body that finishes dryer than I expected. Seems almost like a Mackeson XXX Stout mixed with a Guinness Extra Stout. Definitely recommended!
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick head, coal black color, subtle roasted, chocolate malty flavor. Gets a little better as it warms.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black, smooth and creamy. Good malt character, and tons of different chocolate: dark, sweet, bitter -> all mixed to perfection. Great stout.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2007 bottle: Finally got the bottled version and i was right: this is a great beer. Roasted malts at first that leads to amazing bittersweet chocolates in the finish. smells like dark chocolate. AWESOME beer. even my friend who hates beer loves this stuff. It is what it is, fun.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2003 One of the best beers I've ever had. I could drink this all day long and probably pour it on cereal.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown/black with a caramel head. The chocolate is noticable in the aroma and taste. Very sweet and creamy. Slightly bitter aftertaste due to the chocolate. The sweetness may be overrated since I had this alongside a Bells Double Cream which was exceptionally bitter/sour, I needed something to get that taste out of my mouth and the bartender recommended this.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The ruby evaded my eye, Midnight black, real thick pour. Beauty of a caramely colored head too! Dark chocolate & milk, but really roastey and dark. Unsweetened cocoa with some sweetness, an almost creamy/milky smoothness to it. If I could mix up a hershey bar in a fresh roasted, properly brewed French roast and some whole milk for body. I realy dig this stuff!
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2003 (Draught can) Dark brown, ruby hints, light beige creamy head. Chocolate aroma with hazelnut notes. Creamy mouthfeel. Chocolate, some vanilla, well-balanced hops. A very good beer but it seemed a bit tame. (Bottle) Dark brown, not much head. Shy aroma of chocolate and hops. The aroma comes out more as the beer warms. Big chocolate taste at first, a bit overwhelming but after a few sips, it blends very well with the chocolate malts and hops.
OriginalCheeser (32) - USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good flavor almsot too much of a chocolate flavor but willd o when Rogue Shakespear is unavailable.