Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sort of like a Dunkel-Weisse, sort of like a porter, sort of decent. I liked the chocolate textures balanced with crisp hops but not enough to go crazy over. A bit weak in body.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich dark color, lace is very shorlived. Aroma is very pleasantly malty with some coffee hints, very porter like, but quite weak. Starts much like the aroma, like a weak porter with mediocore coffee/chocolaty malt. A little sourness detracts from the flavor, but not overly so. Nicely balanced by just a touch of hops. Finishes sweet and coffee like. Tastes like a porter that could use some more malt. Still a decent beer, wont go looking fot it again though.
jgb9348 (5115) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Great dark brown colour, and no head (but that was probably my fault on the pour). Great sweet smell with some detectable malt in the nose. The taste isn't great, but its got some good qualities. This beer is similar in the mouth to the Purple Haze. Medium-bodied and not overpowering, but not too flavourful. Not the worst beer ever though!
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2003
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark reddish-brown body, very small tan head, mild sweet nose. Rather odd flavor; malty, with off-flavors; slightly metallic. Mildly unpleasant.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2003
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2003 I cannot imagine how 150 raters managed a 3.36 rating of this. I mean I am a fan of raw green beans, but to drink?? And I love the smell of fresh grass, but to drink?? MY 5 YEAR OLD WOULD LOVE IT (at least she liked the smell).
TheBeerGod (5592) - 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 (3469) - 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 (8634) - 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 (512) - Cary, 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!