TheBeerGod (5165) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours almost a cloudy black. The head is off-white. The initial aroma is slight of malts with a hint of hops. The taste is smooth but thin and weak on the mouthfeel. Like a weaker Guinness. Finishes a little dry but with a light, pleasant sweetness or maltiness.
Frank (2727) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2003 Out of the sampler I bought, this is the only Abita beer that's worth a damn. Dark brown. Thick, foamy head initially but mostly diminishing. Smooth palate if a bit thin. Some earthy notes. Clean finish. More like a very light version of a stout than it is a brown ale.
Bierlieber (49) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
kind of a watered down bottled stout with more of a kick. good enough to seek out other abita offerings.
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown pour with a medium sized head, but that doesn't last long. Smells roasted, and of heavy chocolate, and of light plums. First taste is very roasted, then more like a harsh coffee, and the finish is slightly sour but fairly thin.
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2003 Deep brown color with a HUGE tan head. Interesting flavoring -- sort of like a cross between the chocolate malt notes of a Newcastle and the hop character of a Bass. Love it!
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice chocolatey taste that is smooth going down. Hard to believe it has as much alcohol in it as it does.
climber10 (3) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2003 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great ale. Not overly stong on the hops but with a complex taste.
A slight burnt taste I like.
WabashMan (1009) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice color of dark brown and decent head start this one. Aroma is alright, but not strong enough, in my opinion. Flavor is nice, with a little depth and manages to seem refreshing, as well. A good brown, though lacking some complexity to it.
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Weak aroma and appearance. Very little head brown head on top of a brownish-black body. Flavor is slightly better, dark malts. Slightly metallic. Not enough complexity, too thin on the palate. Drinkable and refreshing, a very average beer. I guess for when you want the dark beer flavor without the usual heaviness. An honest effort, I kind of feel bad about giving it a low rating.
ThomW (35) - USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet aroma and nice dark color. Full flavored with emphasis on roasted malts. Not bad for a brown ale, if a bit sweet.