Appletart (10) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2003
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
It's neat. I have this, like, ESPN2 shit, & I already know I'm going to hate something before I even taste it; but for the sake of art I'll try it anyway. It smells like a Jager/Nyquil cocktail with a tbs. of nail polish remover & a pinch of mulch. Ash brown, nearly black, uh oh, I'm not gonna like this crap. Ewww!!! It tastes like a mixture of acetone & Rite-Aid brand Isopropyl Alcohol. Gag me with a Q-tip, I'm totally grossed out. Pass on this shit unless you're in need of a pedeicure, may quite possibly double as drain cleaner.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown with amber highlights and a thin beige head. Has a rich chocolate taste that mellows the strong alcohol volume.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Opaque, small tan head. Roasty and smooth chocolate aroma. Fruity: very characteristic of the style. Very rich chocolate flavor. Thick, perfect mouthfeel.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Dark brown pour, deep rich complex flavor. Alcohol nose with nice roasted malt taste.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very nice aroma - I find it similar to Celebrator. A little sour sniffing, very little head, pours very dark. Nice flavor - very well rounded. Nutty and sweet flavor, with not a bit of noticeable alcohol.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I waited quite the while to sample this brew. It was not nearly what I had hoped, yet still very decent. Not enough chocolate in the body for me or in the aroma for that fact. I just noticed alot of alcohol, with a minty black and tan feel to it. Still good, but not the best.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Legion for this brew! Very dark with brown/red edges. Hops and nuttiness in the aroma. Flavor was full, yet smooth.....ripened plums, raisin, caramel, and alcohol all over the place, yet very easy to drink given the ABV.....12.2%? wow! Good work Avery!
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2003
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2004 rerate--2004 bottle--- Pours a deep brown. nowhere near black with no head. Aromas of chocolate and cherries and thins so far aren’t so bad, until you get to the flavor. .... I remember liking this brew before, but this bottle was horrible. Tasted like a strong porter with absolutely no depth or character. I am not trying to be mean, but this brew was almost undrinkable. The only saving grace was the alcohol which wasn’t that noticable.
---On tap, Pours a dark dark brown with a choco/coffee smell. Goes does nice and smooth for the alc. content, but it was still missing something. 7/5/7/4/14-3.4
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong coffee aroma. Vinous character. Malty notes combined with strong caramel and brown sugar. Very smooth. Not as dry as exspected. Some coffe/espresso in the palate.
Kinz (3307) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 Deep black with some brown creeping around the edges. Nice head at first, fading into a ring. Aroma is firmly of molasses and toffee, with some hints of boiling homebrew wort. Deep, complex flavors. Where to begin? Roasted malts. Molasses. Toffee. Blackberry jam faint in the background. Espresso. Raisins. Pepsin gum from the candy I remember from my childhood? What the heck is that doing in here? Who cares, it all works! Spectacular brew, thanks Indra for a great 300th! NOTE: The previous comments were for the 2003 version. I found the 2004 version to be virtually identical, with the exception of not noting the jam this time, and the alcohol being a bit more prevalent. No change to rating numbers.