cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - MAY 11, 2004
I’m a big fan of stout and this one left me wanting a little more. By no means is this a bad stout, it has a nice chocolate aroma, but it could be better. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2004
Rich milk chocolate aroma which promises a higher alcohol brew. Fully opaque body with large brown head. Excellent lace. Very good initial mouthfeel, with chalky aftertaste. At first sip, doesn’t blow your socks off. Maybe needs a little higher alcohol than the 6% it features? Very easy drinking. Has some bite at the finish. A very nice beer that is clearly a cut above. Does it deserve the hype? I’m not sure. Probably. Just a little too much on the dry side. mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 10, 2004
22 oz bottle: black comor, nice tan head. modest aroma of choclate malts and slight hops. flavor of roasted coffee, but very not intense. pretty good.... jew02 (16) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Very much like Guinness. It seems more watered down and lacks the full flavor of the Irish Stout though. Very good beer to try if you like Guinness though. jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Thick, syrupy pour, chocolate head - very reminescent of St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout. Silky presence in the glass. Soy nose, creamy palate. Lacks a little in the initial flavor punch, but is quickly replaced with a semi sweet chocolate aftertaste.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Nice looking stout in the glass, with a decent sized tan head. Aroma is toasty cocoa/coffee and hops. Flavor is complex, oats, chocolate, coffee and sweet malt, with a back end bitterness that for me sort of took over. Definitely better as it warmed and I did enjoy, but overall the balance is not quite there for me to put forth a real high rating. 0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Black in the glass, light brown head of coarse, stout bubbles and mammoth in size. This bottle is a bit long left in the fridge, thus poor lacing, but usually a thick, glass coating lace. Lacing suffered, but mouthfeel is still rather silky, lots of lively carbonation and detonation of those lovely stout bubbles, full bodied. Aroma is yeasty sour, toasty bitter and a milk-dark chocolate hybrid. Thick malty undertones of chocolate just carrying on enough to salvage your palate from big bitterness of toasty, brief citrus that vanishes, and an aftertaste lasting long of very toasty bakers chocolate. Very bitter, very lovely, smoothe, beautiful. Don’t waste the bottle if you’re not in the mood for something powerful. Boutip (6374) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2004
Bottle: Poured a pitch-dark beer with a huge head with standard retention for this style of beer. Aroma is quite complex with a mix of roastiness and choclate, which bring some very enjoyable sweetness. Carbonation is good with a strong body. Taste is quite similar to aroma with the roastiness and chocolate coming out very nicely. The end is more sweet then dry which I enjoyed. Overall, a truly great sweet stout. OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2004
Black colour with glints of ruby. Thick frothy and slightly rocky light brown head. Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Deep roasted flavour with coffee, dark chocolate, and a subtle nuttiness. Lingering and burnt bitter finish. Rich and smooth mouthfeel, light oiliness. invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2004
This is the best stout I’ve had. Jet black beer on a nice brown head. The nose is of hops and sweet roasted malts. It’s smooth with a thick mouthfeel. Bitterness is very balanced.