Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2001
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2005 Dark with a big and rocky head. Rich, sweet and chewy. Decently balanced. Evident alcohol. Subtle chocolate and coffee flavors were nice. Roasty and a little spicy. Somewhat cloying at times. Pretty good stuff, but like a few others, I found it just a little under par to the hype. A decent stout, sure, but not as great as some make it out to be. THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2001
Strong chocolate and mocha presense. This may sound wierd but I could swear as I drank this beer it helped my sinuses clear up. Got Stout? (173) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2001
My offering was 8%, as clearly indicated on the bottle. This offering seemed to be a Sweet Stout trying to play with the big Imperials, but getting its ass kicked. No big standout flavors or complexity, but a respectable session stout. Mildly roasty. Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - DEC 2, 2001
Thick and black, exhibiting a creamy tan head with a vanilla, ground coffee, chocolate, and smoky malt aroma. Rich flavor treads the line of oversweetness, as the sugary mocha and cocoa malt flavors dominate the underlying hop flavor. Finishes nicely with a bitter, lasting afteraste. Despite what Michael Jackson thinks of this beer, I find it a bit too rich. VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2002
Not a bad stout. Roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate flavors. A bit skunky on the aromw, but roasted malt still present. A little thin, but not terribly so.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2005 Pours black with a nice creamy brown head that leaves good lacing in my glass, roasty, fruity malty aromas. Taste like plums, chocolate and smoke, medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, finishes a bit sweet, alcohol comes through as it warms, not as good as I was expecting but still a good stout.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2002
a descent stout. Tasted alot like a porter................................. jazz88 (2683) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 16, 2003
Bottle. Black with ruby tints and a lush and grand brown head. Lots of chocolate and a sweet malt aroma with some lingering liqueur mist. A thick and creamy malted chocolate flavor. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Deep black with reddish highlights around base and top, creamy tan head and very good lacing. The aroma hints of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, cashews, sour milk, dried figs, and earthy yeast esters. The taste is boldly mocha and anise. A bitter bite and espresso undertones. Ripe fruits (figs, prune, and raisin) adds depth as well a hint of vanilla bean. The mouthfeel is smooth and dry, some alcohol is detected towards the completion of glass. Overall, a darn solid stout with nice complex nature. Could have done without such a big bite on the palate, but still very drinkable. npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Black, opaque, with large light brown head.
Sweet nose, some chocolate, prunes. Quite bitter flavor, dry, some chocolate, hints of sweetness.