ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2005
A Deep Dark Brown Stout. The chocolate aroma hits you as soon as you open the bottle. Pours with a thick light brown head.. I smell chocolate and raisin. This is a full and thick drink that feels a bit heavy in your mouth, but tastes good. Best to drink it slowly. This is not something that you can chug down fast. I taste coffee and some chocolate. I feel a slight alcohol sting and some malty sweetness. The finish leaves a hoppy bitterness mixed with the roasted coffee flavor on your tongue. Lots of flavors in each sip. A really good stout. splink48 (35) - Fayetteville, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Great brew. Gives hints of chocolate, coffee, raisins, and oatmeal. Pours very dark (it comes in a clear glass, look at the picture), leaves a generous tan head. tastes great. ivan9856 (192) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
I sampled the 325ml(?) bottle at the Lost Dog Café, Arlington, Virginia. This rich stout pours dark chocolaty brown with a small, tight tan head. It left little lacing. The aroma is quite heady with chocolate, black raisin and prune. Initial flavor is dry sherry, giving way to molasses or caramel and dark chocolate. The finish of this full-bodied stout is quite dry, and long-lasting, with hints of coffee and a warming flavor of alcohol. entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Raisins, prunes, wine and chocolate on the aroma. Very nice in that respect but it didn’t translate into the taste like I was hoping. Still and excellent stout that just needs a little more kick. AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Pours opaque black with a dark brown medium head. Well carbonated for a stout. Aroma is very complex: burnt chocolate, roasted malt, sweet molasses, maple syrup and even a woody smell are all detectable. Flavor is smokey with lots of roasted malt. Body is smooth, chewy, and quite full. Finish leaves a coffe flavor in the mouth. The first few sips were great, but something gets to me after awhile. Its not he alcohol, perhaps the acidity. After a short time this beer becomes much less enjoyable. Good beer, could have been better.
jus10cider82 (67) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Pours perfectly pitch black with a small frothy tan head that floats on top leaving a long lasting lace. Nose is alcohol, rotten fruit and must. Tastes strongly of molasses and brown sugar. A good beer that’s available anywhere. BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Deep brown/black color with a thinnish head. Musty nose that seemed fitting for a sam smith. Flavor was complex with chocolate and coffe and strong alcohol presence. Very enjoyable and worth repeating. RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Very, very dark pour with decent tan head that fades quickly. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Flavors of the same with some licorice or molasses as well. A little dry, but pretty well balanced and definitely drinkable. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 6, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 22 oz. Bottle. Pours a dark black with a brown finger width head that sticks around for a while. Tastes strongly of chocolate, raisins, prunes and coffee. Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2005
Pours out pitch black with a big, fluffy but quickly diminshing head. Very strong but not easily discernable aroms.
This stout is less coffee/chocolate as others have mentioned but has a roasty malt and vanilla flavour...oily texture. Very enjoyable brew, only thing preventing me from buying a bunch for the cellar is the clear bottle.