zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I am not a fan of stouts, but I am glad that I tried this one. First off, the scent of it in a room temperature glass is nice. It’s very chocolatey. Let it sit and watch it separate. There is a nice head on this stout. It is thick and creamy. I expected biterness, but this was much smoother than most stouts. The only bitterness was a slight taste of cocoa. This stout is best when it is just slightly cool. Don’t drink it ice cold. A refrigerated can should be ok when poured into a room temperature glass. It is ok by the time the head settles, but the best flavor comes when it warms up a bit. The chocloate taste really compliments the maltiness. The chcolate isn’t strong, but has that cocoa bite.
My only complaint was that I could taste the can, which is why I look forward to trying this in a bottle instead. I am pretty peculiar about cans though. I don’t care for them.
argo0 (11725) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasty chocolatey with hint of coffee. Good chewy body.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Do not drink this cold. The best flavor comes out just a few degrees above room temperature. It begins with a mild coffee flavor, then turns rich and chocolatey. The chocolate is a bitter chocolate, like baker’s chocolate with a little sweetness, rather than like sweet milk chocolate. A good beer.
Aubrey (3454) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark with a pinch of mahogany shining through. Dessert-like with sweet chocolate flavors; some vanilla too. Roasted coffee bean flavors here and there. Amazingly heavy for only 5.2%. Has a little bit of a ’synthetic’ chocolate flavor though... sort of like what a Yoohoo is to regular chocolate milk. Not necessarily bad, but not what I expected. The sample I remember on tap was much more chocolatey and creamy.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, a great dark color with a nice, thick creamy head. I could smell the chocolate before I even took a sip, and then the real unsweetened chocolate flavor came through. Also a good balance of roasted chocolate malts present. I was very impressed--very smooth to drink.
jaymobrown (1699) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2003 Re-Rate: Not much texture as I once thought, and the chocolate flavors aren't as pronounced. The nose isn't very strong but there are dark chocolate, coffee, and doughy flavors. Original: A subtle and smooth beer. The chocolate is present, but not overpowering. A dark, roasted flavor, robust and very tasteful. A good beer all around.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my top 10 stouts in the world that I have tried.Bittersweet,roasted,chocolate,rich and smooth.
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2004
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super bready, malty, chocolate and alcohol aroma. Deep as hell. The only drawbacks are the almost choc. syrup nature of the choc & alcohol combination in the mouth.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark. Chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Quite smooth. Light hops in the finish. Better in the bottle.