drinkbeer (289) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 28, 2003
a sweet stout with great personality. silky smooth palate...perhaps could be a bit thicker...but I like it. lovely sweet oatmeal roastedness. no skunkage whatsoever even though it is in a clear bottle. I've had problems with sam smith beers being skunked in the past, but I'm so glad this case was fine. 50 bucks and change for this case, but it was worth it. wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2003
Tasted in DC at Brickskellers. Bitter burnt caramel, aroma. Dark black opaque colour. Little or no head. Molassis taste, burnt caramel at best. Good sweet stout - Slightly warmer than I would have expected. egajdzis (6830) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2017 Poured a dark brown, almost opaque color with a medium sized light tan head. Sweet dark fruit and oatmeal aroma with some slight alcohol. Very creamy mouthfeel, with roasted malt, chocolate, and oatmeal. This was the start of it all for me. I could drink this all day! JorisPPattyn (10112) - BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2003
Very dark brown, nearly black; dirty brown head, diminishing but permanent. Nose: chocolate - between milk and fondant (dark). Vague burnt malt/grain, licorice, sweet...and smelly socks. Taste is more cereal - indeed like oatmeal flakes. Chocolate returns in the background/palate, like slightly sweetened fondant. Chocolatey character, bitter-sweet, gains more emphasis in the finish, like a lesser chocolate with much non-cocoa additions. If I agree with anything in the general consensus, it's with its perfect balance - truly impressive. Aftertaste has a surprising new flavour: (French) candied violets. In the category "sweet stout", it's hard to imagine anything better...
Oh for trying the St. Ambroise or the Nils Oskar... RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2003
Very nice stout. Not as heavy as some, but I wouldn't want to drink more than one or two in a sitting. Extremely smooth, nice chocolatey stout. Very well made brew. Highly recommended.
UNCCTF (588) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2004 Beer #2 of the night for brownaler's 21st birthday blowout. I don't believe that a beer can truly be a "5"; no beer is perfect - something can always be better. But, this is about as close as it gets. Poured pure black, with a tan head that retained throughout. Aroma of liqueur, oatmeal, and sweet candies and fruits. Flavor dominated by oatmeal, but balanced off with a slight tinge of hops in the finish. I'm definitely making the birthday boy go buy more of this tomorrow. Best beer I've ever tried, far and away. brownaler (742) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2004 Rerate: Not as impressive this time around. A little less body and flavor.
Smell of liquor (and I like liquor as you can tell) complex taste of oatmeal (oatmeal? no shit!) and syrup. My only beef with this beer is that it's not easy to drink. lambda (1) - USA - AUG 18, 2003 does not count
Rich dark color, tan head. Medium body with extremely smooth feel. Hints of honey and apricot. Slight acidic/metallic flavor, but hardly noticeable. A delicious sweet stout. garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2003
A great beer, with rich, full body and taste... this is one of my favorite beers! It's rather hard to find in the Ohio boondocks, but well worth the searching effort once one finds it! OlJuntan64 (1264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2003
Deep translucent red with medium size shortish lasting tan head. Medium to light body with seriously satiny smooth and surprisingly clean almost medium dry red wine mouth feel. Unexpectedly mild roast malt and coffee with hints of light vinous flavours. Superb mild bitter smooth finish.