daviddeep99 (9) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - MAR 18, 2002 does not count
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice porter-ish beer. Donít know where theyíre getting the ídark brown aleí description, but very drinkable. Also is the only Abita beer that doesnít taste like Abita Amber with some food coloring and cake icing added.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2002
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
When served too cold, itís possibly the most flavorless brew on the planet. Once it warms up, itís not too bad. Malts become a bit more noticeable, with hints of roasted malt and chocolate. Really no aroma to speak of.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not at all what I expected. It had a very nice roasted flavor for an ale and went down very smooth without much bite. This is like the perfect cross of a stout and a brown ale....the flavor of a stout but not quite as heavy. I am slowly developing a soft spot for this beer.
AceOfHearts (1375) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 9, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
My friends all raved about this stuff, so I bought it when it went on sale ($5/6-pack). Itís definitely not a stout, more of a porter at best. Golden-brown head, my bottle was just the right amount and formed enough head so that it poured exactly into a pint glass. Unremarkable but nicely mellow beginning, coffee middle and finish. Decent but I probably wonít buy it again.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
i passed this one up quite a few times owing to itís unappealing packaging. but thats not really relevant, nor is all this fuss about what KIND of beer itís supposed to be. if i may quote the man, michael jackson, just to add additional ambiguity, itís íalong the lines of an altbierí. whatever, i just drink íem. from this uninspired bottle came a beverage brown as old furniture (pantone 181), and that was a nice surprise. and while the head expired immediately, the sweet malts spoke eloquently of peat, maduro cigars, carmelizing maple and cola. my several six packs (not all in one night) have all tended to be somewhat thin bodied however, not to say flat. itís pleasingly sweet. so: alt, porter, marzen, or extra dry dadís rootbeer, i donít care, itís good. maybe not íturboí good, but pretty good.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - FEB 25, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I have some confusion in pinning this one down. My initial thoughts are a pretty poorly weighted porter but I could also lead towards an extra roasted brown ale. Nothing great in my book, thin on the palate, while the bubble gum fruity esters also seem a little misplaced. Not a bad 6-pack, but not something Iíll be buying again.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Friends told me to try it, and I wasnít terribly impressed.
Skred (107) - Houma, Louisiana, USA - FEB 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Abita describes this as a brown ale with a little extra kick, but it crosses over into porter territory. Possibly my favorite local beer still available. Also good for cooking.
joet (1919) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 12, 2002
1.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Black with light tan foam quicker than Minute Rice, this belches up boiled carrots mixed with light caramel hues. Iím almost afraid to drink this... Well the sweet, roasty flavors are actually pretty good and the heavy-medium, medium effervescent body is quaffable. Not much back end. This is probably a light stout.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
had this on tap and from bottle. on tap it was thicker, a fuller mouthfeel, very slightly burnt malt flavor - towards porter territory maybe, had some sweetness, but not overwhelming. went very well with spicy food. In the bottle, it was just average. Both had a very clean finish - not much aftertaste. I think I would only have it again with food.