antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2003
Extremely dark. Lets a glimpse of light through. Moderate, lasting head with tightly clinging lacing. Chocolatey coffee malt nose one should experience instead of try to describe. Silky smooth mouthfeel, almost don't want to swallow. Roasted malt,caramelly,slightly fruity finish with English hop flavor in finish. Sweet, delicious beer nirvana. NOT overrated. Truly a rewarding beer drinking experience. jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2003
malty, sweet coffee nose, with a hint of roasted barley. extremely dark with light carbonation and a thin, tan head that lingers with in a ring at the top of the beer. a little sugary, but i like how i can almost chew this beer. excellent beer! heemer77 (5355) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2004 Nice and dark with a strong smooth taste. Has aromas of malt and caramel. The taste is simple with chocolate and cherries. Has lots of body, but seems to lack complexity. Think it is a little overrated. 1more4dessert (336) - Upstate, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Jet black, nice tan head. Not really sweet at all which is great. The oatmeal really makes the body more formidable and for a non imperial stout, this has some feel solid mouthfeel to it. auto (163) - California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
one of the better stouts i have tasted. not as coffee or chocolate tasting as other ones. dark colour, nice head.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 6, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2003 Maybe I was just in a bad mood when I first tried this. I'm a big fan of the Samuel Smith family of beers, but this just didn't cut it for me. I thought it was biting, almost rusty-tasting. I thought it was sour and abrasive to the palate and on the finish. Probably goes better with food (I was drinking on an empty stomach as is too often the case!) Overall, its certainly not bad, but just not as good as I would have hoped! RERATE 12/12/03: Tried it again and really liked it a lot better. Much silkier, tastier and fuller than I originally remembered. Nice velvety palate. mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Caramel chocolate,mild hop sour aroma.Dark reddish brown appearance.Smokey Dry coffee flavor with butterscotch, sugared walnuts and pecans.Gets a bit sour and watery at the finish. krdktq (17) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2003
I expected a little more from this stout because of it's rep. I like the sweetness of it, but only rate it a middle of the road stout. jerohen (2277) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2003
UPDATED: APR 25, 2008 Very dark coloured, initially large brown head. Smoked, port-whiskey like lactic aroma. Tastes like a saturated sugar solution with some fruity and smoked elements. Sourness in palate. Very unusual beer, not really my style. Some extra points for originality. skortila (5798) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2003
Aroma is meaty, smoked and fruity (apple) resulting in a cider/sherry/whiskey-like smell. Back coloured with a red glow and an offwhite head. Bacon taste, sweet, malts and apples. Bit sour in the end. Very interesting brew, but I can't say I really love its taste.