Kevin (2200) - Montana, USA - JUL 26, 2004
bottle. pitch black with a brown head. roasted chocolate aroma. slightly bitter first taste but the roasted malt comes through quickly with a nice chocolate flaor. leaves an enjoyable burnt coffee and chocolate taste. I like this, this is my kind of beer. I’m glad i have another in the fridge. Lubiere (14133) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2004
Dark black stout with a nice vanilla , raisin and chocolate aroma. Nice rich chocolate malts, and surprinsgly, they didnt go overboard on hops in this. Some smokinees in aftertatse with a fine balance of hops. Nice bodied and pleasant. JFGrind (2064) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2004
The summer heat may have gotten to me because I fell head over heels for this Dry Stout. Poured dark brown with a firm creamy, head. Heavy roasted malt aroma was the invite to sample the coffee. chocolate and smoke flavor that had a dry, crisp finish. Excellent dry stout with a perfect balance of drinkability and flavor. Not sure of the alcohol content, but Old No. 38 did not hit me like a locomotive. tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2004 Decent stout. Nothing that amazing, however. Not that different from a Guinness. I'd rather reach for their Rasputin stout any day of the week. TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2004
Beer pours dark brown with a nice thick tan colored head and lots of lacing. Aroma is thick with notes of coffee, chocolate, and fresh tilled earth. Flavor is mostly coffee and smoke. This is good easily accessible beer.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Bottle. Dark pour with a fading beige head. Nose is sweet and malty. The first taste notes to come out are roasted malt, raisin, malt, a little spice, and some toffee. The flavor is good, but there is a taste on the finish that is slightly astringent. Overall not bad, but nothing to write home about. Your basic stout. kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2004
To be fair I rated this beer immediately after rating a westy 12. As such the rating may not be fair. Beer poors a nice black color toped by a tan rapidly diminishing head. Aroma is roastyand chocolate but also a little burnt in my opinion. Flavor is as you would expect of chocolate and roasted nuts but again the slightly burnt taste arises. Nice malt with a generous hops present found in the finish. The palate was dissapointing and detracts significantly for this beer to me. HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUL 3, 2004
This one was surprising too me, althogh it probally was not a good idea to have had Westvleteran 12 just before. The appearance was attractive with its dark brown pour, diminishing dark brown head yet moderate lacing. The aroma with presence of a very roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. As it warmed however I began to get hints of a peat moss/decaying leaf aroma. Not bad, just natural smelling. The palate was VERY dissapointing however. It was very weak and washed out. The taste was about as impressive. It tasted like charcoal with an astringent, bitter aftertaste. My last sip had a unusal flavor, the warmest sip...and that was essence of wet dog. So you see why I said it was surprising. This one looks and smells better than it tasted.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2004 Dark burgundy with a grayish tan head. Roasted malt aroma with notes of coffee and chocolate. Very roasty, even smoky flavor. Coffee and mild acidity come out in the finish. Could use more body but this is still a good, enjoyable stout.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Dark with a thick creamy head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted and anise. Flavour it roasty and dry with citrus hops and anise. A bit thin for a stout, but pretty good over all.