mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Not really much in the way of aroma. Not alot of head on this dark brew. Nice roasted flavor comin through, some hops and a coffee flavor. Has a nice satisfying , rich flavor. Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Thick and reddish-black, with a spongy, tan foam. Aromas are of deep roasted chocolate malts, and fruity hops.
There’s a nice softness overall, with light carbonation. Flavors start out with a mix of roasted malt, caramel, and chocolate, resulting in something a little coffee like. There’s also a brief hint of smokiness right towards the end. There’s a tangy citric bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste.
madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2004
Bottled: Brown/black coloured. Brownish thin head. Dense. Roasty, malty and some vague coffee notes. Coffee, roastyness, maltfatness and some chocolate in the flavour. Hops is there leading to an medium bitterness in the end. Good one. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 29, 2004
In the bottle at the 2004 Crescent Moon Vintage Beer Tasting. Left over from the late 80’s! The heavy hops keep this one going and going. It still had a fine roasted aroma and mouth. Aging this for 15 years is no problem! run20six2 (123) - USA - JUL 28, 2004
A very good tasting stout. Pretty dark with a little bitter taste. Would buy this again. Very good brew
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Bottled. Dark, garnet body, big tan head, fully lasting, the lacing looks like of like a maze, 1/16-3/8" thick walls. Aroma is yeasty, some caramel malts, lightly toasty, lightly sweet. Flavor is bitter...very toasty, roasty and bitter. Even though they say there’s no chocolate malts, it tastes somewhat chocolatey, very dry finish. Balance...what’s that? Finish mellows out after a minute or so... Creamy palate, light body for a stout, roughtly a fullish medium(a bit heavy for a porter, a bit light for a stout), light carbonation. Hopped like an IPA, I can taste grapefruit rind in here. Not what I expect from a stout, but very interesting and I like the roastiness, caramel malts show themselves lightly in the finish. I let this stuff warm almost to room temp. in hopes that the malts would show themselves and to some avail, I found some caramel malts in the middle and a hint at the front and the finish is still entirely bitter, touch of caramel to make it tolerable. Intriuging brew. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Good malty nose, like almost all stouts are. Hints of chocolate and roasted malt atcion. Flavor is very nice when it has warmed up a bit. The earth malt flavor come out more, instead of when its too cold and the palate dominates it. Definately one to avoid if it hasnt been out of the fridge for too long. JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 23, 2004
Pitch black color with a khaki head, approx. 1 inch thick. Smells of malt, maple syrup, caramel, and lightly of cocoa , anise and sour milk. Taste begins sweet grapes and chocolate then gets very bitter and roasted. After is dry and bitter chocolate and roasted coffee. This is a benchmark stout but it seemed just smack dab in the middle with every other "good" stout. Nothing stands out as exceptional with this beer. mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2004
black, big lacey tan head. aroma of chocolate, coffee, roast, rasisin, hops and molasses. smooth chcolatey flavour with a bitter finish nicely balanced between roast and hop LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2004 dark body med. head, nice taste, bitter, initial chocolate, coffee. after taste bitter. nice and rich, decent. a liile too bitter.