DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
Chocolate, coffee and liquorice aromas. Black, pours a medium cappuccino head, some lace. Coffee, liquorice and faint chocolate flavours, great roasted bitter aftertaste. Bitter, oily, quite smooth. A fine Sweet Stout! mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
pours black with a tan head. roasty, curranty sweet nose. as the name implies, it has a creamy, smooth mouthfeel. mildly smoky, roasted malt flavours, hints of vanilla sweetness. I'd never guess this beer was 6.5%abv. a nice sweet stout. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Eclipse black color, very small head. Enormous chocolaty aroma. A medium bodied stout. Mild malts, kind of smoky. The chocolate flavor is mostly in the aroma. Smooth taste, sort of chocolate milk like. A nice sipping stout. This or Young’s D Choc Stout would be a good introduction to the style. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet. SilkTork (5973) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2002
OK, I don't like St Peter's overpriced beers, nor am I a fan of soft, oatmeal type stouts, but this is very smooth and drinkable with lots of flavours. It's calm and well mannered, and it has no complex depths (the St Peter's beers are not bottle conditioned), but slips down like an oyster in velvet. Not bad for a brewery more concerned with marketing than with making artisinal beers, but not great. loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002
Black color with almost no head. Soft feel, not crisp in any way, but that's okay here. This thing has an extreme smoky/roasted flavor. The aroma was sweet with some slight alcohol in it. A somewhat tobacco finish here leaves me curious as to exactly how I feel about this beer. I would have guessed this was a dry stout (with a sweet edge to it).
BeerLimey (2155) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
Charred chocolaty aroma, even more charred on the palate. Very mild fruitiness and decent bitterness in the finish. Black color but virtually no foam. DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 'chocolate milk'-like aroma, pitch black and thick, tan head was 'gone in 60 seconds', Bittersweet chocolate flavor, very bitter choc finish almost to the point of being sour fiulijn (21559) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2002
Black color, creamy brown head.leaparsons (10990) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2002
Finally a stout with a complete aroma: hop, roasted malt, liquorice, coffee.
Rich flavor, good body structure, some residual sweetness in the beginning, soon defeated by a bold bitterness and liquorice; good malt, roasted malt, liquorice and hop.
Good final, supported by the roastiness and bitterness.
Pleasant brew, doesn't score more just because it lacks some originality; compared to one of my favourites dark ales (<a href='http://www.ratebeer.com/ShowBeer.asp?Bee London Porter), it has far less hop character.
Recommended for the harmony of the coffee character with the malt.
Bittersweet like good quality dark chocolate. The finish is especially choc-like with a touch of coffee. It is amazing what variety of flavours beer ingredients can produce. Ernest (7940) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body
is black (non-opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, cocoa powder, mild coffee), with notes of chalk and sour milk. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, creamy/watery texture, lively/soft carbonation. Rather sour, as with the porter, and quite chalky/powdery too. Not very good.