TheBeerGod (6284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2003
Pours almost black with a very nice tan to brown head. First odor is of course a chocolate aroma surrounded by a slight coffee odor. The first sip is awesome. Sweet but with a slight bitterness to it. Creamy body that finishes dryer than I expected. Seems almost like a Mackeson XXX Stout mixed with a Guinness Extra Stout. Definitely recommended! Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2003
Beautiful to watch. Dark reddish brown with a big thick creamy head. Aroma is sweet. Chocolate and cocoa are present. This isn't a bad beer, but it reminded me of Swiss Miss. WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Bottle is much better than the canned version. Dark brown beer with slight lacing, instead of the huge widget-induced head from the can. Taste of dark malt, sweet chocolate, hops, with a bitter finish. Dorwart (2616) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2003
Excellent tan head which settles nicely to a thin foam with decent lacing. Aroma of burnt malts. Not much chocolate aroma though. Color is black in the glass and slightly red when held up to a powerful light. Flavor is a little thin with hints of dark chocolate (not much though) and malt. Finish is smooth, creamy and a little dry and bitter with a noticable hops presence that was hidden earlier. A good quality stout but I expected more chocolate flavor and aroma than was there. Terminus (3740) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 27, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2005 ReRate-I just bought a bottle that was expired last month, but decided to give it a shot. I was very impressed to say the least. Pours fairly black with a nice tan head. big chocolate, char, and roast aroma with notes of baking chocolate as well. flavors are really char and chocolate. nice finish! this was just a tad oxidized, but not offensive. I am boosting the ratings on this one for shure!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2003
Pours with a black body topped by a thick lasting tan head with good lace. Sweet yet slightly bitter malt aroma with roasty notes and hints of chocolate. Slightly sweet and bitter malt flavor with chocolate notes and a slight roastiness. Full bodied, smooth and slightly dry. JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 19, 2003
Had this at RFD in Washington, DC. Solid stout. Appealing appearence. Very smooth flavor, filled with tons of chocolate. Aftertaste is a little watery. shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2003
Not all that chocolatey, but hey, it's still a beer, after all. Not much nose to it, the body and colour were decent, and it has a great aftertaste, almost a candy apple sweetness at the back of your throat. I wish it were easier to find. AlabastorJones (815) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2003
it pours nice and dark but not as thick and rich as many others, decent tan head. Smells like licorice and chocolate. Good flavor, burned nuts, chocolate, maple syrup and blow-molded gnomes. Palate is a little thin, not a real strong finish either. Gets points for being available all over. mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2003
A vinuous chocolaty aroma is also a little spicy. Yes, there is actually a bitter chocolae flavour in here but not so much that it distracts from tis still being a stout. Excessive carbonation spois the finish slightly.