dankfor20 (196) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 27, 2002
definately a good stout. nice full body with a little head retention. and since i love coffee this stuff hit really well on my taste buds recomended for stout and coffee lovers. Rib Eye (148) - USA - JUN 17, 2002
A good stout, if not as good as I might have expected. Nice head, though little carbonation. Slightly bitter, slighty oily mouthfeel, fairly smooth and not strongly flavored. dolemike1 (1289) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2002
Lovely beer. Great coffee flavor, not as bitter as i thought it would be. Definitely one i will drink again. IFearNoBeer (15) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2002
I tried this beer expecting it to be unexciting because of all the below reviews, but I turned out loving the stuff. Great coffee taste that was nicely pronounced and not overpowering. Great stout, really enjoyed it. Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2002
Not bad, strong smoked chicory flavor, reminiscent of a rauchbier. Coffe flavors are less pronounced, but this is certainly a unique stout.
ravidesai (979) - Bombay, INDIA - MAY 25, 2002
black with a thin beige head.
very dry and hoppy for a stout.
lot of coffee taste but not sure if the chicory adds anything distinctive.
loses points for a rather oily texture.
Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 7, 2002
Even though this is a coffee stout, it tastes a bit thin and has a watery palate. The coffee taste is muted, instead of being full as a coffee stout should be. Oh well, you can't have a winner every time. ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 26, 2002
Good, but too bitter and nothing all that special going on, a quality stout but nothing that even suggests greatness muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2002
Bottled. Very thin, quick-dying head; totally black, opaque body. Aroma on the lightish side, sweet and malty, just a hint of coffee. Flavor nice, but I wonder if all of the weird flavorings are cancelling each other out to some extent; its good, but hard to point out a lot of specific character traits. A bit of coffee, a bit of sweetness, perhaps too much carbonation, and a body just a bit on the thin side. Sounds better than it was, but still an interesting attempt from one of the country's most inventive brewers. Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2002
Thin-palated like a dry-stout, IMO. Had very high hopes here...many folks say the Shelter Pale Ale from these guys is the lesser ware, but I'd put it here. I like the bark, but I'm not getting enough hop aroma or flavor, and I think the baseline roasted malt is muddled by the other ingredients. But, still, even so, I have to say, if my misfires were of this quality, I'd quit my day job and become a brewer.