mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - NOV 20, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2003 The flagship Abita brew, IMO,
and the one I keep comin' back to after
all these years! I'm never
sure quite how to describe
this beer. It's certainly
no porter, but neither is it a
'nut brown' ale. Hmmm,
'brown ale'...well, it's definitely brown
(black, perhaps), and it's an ale.
Super roasty, fairly thin body.
Appropriately hopped and very drinkable.
I think of this as a beer that a
college student would brew on a dare.
Extreme chocolate malt! Fun beer.
I give it a half a point for the name and the ballsy style breaking they've done.
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is one dark beer, but the looks are deceiving. Goes down rather smooth and even a bit light. Went down a bit too easy for a 6+ ABV brew. I think I would go with a 1554 instead of this, but this is the best Abita brew I have sampled thus far.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nearly 2 year old sample and still malty and flavorful. I should have saved a few more!
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2002
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Didnít smell too hot, but tastes pretty damn good. It grows on you. Or maybe thatís just the 6.13% ABV....
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 4, 2002
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A fat sweetish funky mess of a beer, with a bit of a sour finish.
khayman70 (153) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite beers to drink with choclate. Very pleasing aroma and the tast is darkly nutty. Slight toffee finish. The Abita water gives this a very nice flavor and is quite fun to drink.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nutty, somewhat floral aroma coming from a rich dark body and thick, short-lived head. Complex flavor profile that starts somewhat stale but finishes with a creamy roasted maltiness. It could stand to bit a bit more balanced, but itís still one of the more interesting brown ales I have tried.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Re-rate 10/28/02: The beer pours a deep clear garnet to brown color, the head is mountainous, the lace in thick glutinous sheets, both light chocolate brown in color. Nose is malt, nutty sweet, caramel, and fresh and clean. Front is malt sweet, the top skimpy, the finish is gently acidic, sparsely hopped, the aftertaste malt dry. A bit to much malt, and a tad to little hops for me to rank it very high. A drinkable beer none the less, and would do well in putting out the fire after eating some íOver The Top Cajun Foodí! Ranks #826 on my current 1000 beer master list.
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This one has a grainy kind of flavor. Tastes like a darker mexican brew. Nothing special, but drinkable.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is the first time Iíve had this beer: The thing that strikes me most is the nuttiness in the finish, but Iím not all that impressed. The flavor is almost non-existent.