Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2005 I was going to wait to rate this until I had another few so I could pick up more things about the beer, but I can always add more description later. May I say, “Wow.” Rich and undeniably creamy in taste and feel. Awesome color, smells like toffee (and being American, from the land of the free and the home of where people never eat toffee, me picking up on a toffee smell is suprising and appreciated!). Medium weight in the mouth. Caramel, coffee, toffee, bread, and malt. Not a bitter swallow; pleasant aftertaste. So smooth. Alcohol is warming but not overpowering. I could drink one after another. Good, good, good. Next time around, I will pay more attention to flavors. This time around, I was simply enjoying. Prost!
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is FANTASTIC! Excellent all around - rich creamy head, dark brown, slightly ruby color. Very well rounded flavor, rich and smooth - mild caramel tones, lightly smoky. What else can I say that hasn't already been said! A must-try beer if there ever was one.
desurfer (1209) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2003 This was wonderful! Nearly opaque ruby color, tan creamy head which dissipated rather quick and left light lacing on the glass. Slight roasted aroma. Taste is excellent, roasted malt with hints of chocolate and caramel. Very smooth on the palate, and the alcohol content is well-masked. Finishes dry and smoky. An outstanding beer.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fantastic beer. Pours very dark, almost black, with the slightest tinge of ruby red when held up to light. A medium sized brown head that sticks around for a little while, but not that long. Aroma is intermingled dark fruits (plums, dates) with a substantial maltiness and a touch of sweetness. Flavor has some of the same dark fruit notes as the aroma, malt is definitely big and creamy, with a bit of bananna somewhere in there, and absolutely smooth throughout. Palate is nicely thick. Overall one of the best beers I've had in a while.
artvandalay (16) - USA - FEB 17, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2003 This may be the best beer Ive ever consistantly drank. Full, mellow, creamy roasty-ness, with a big rich finish. When you only want one beer, this is it.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby color when held up to light, almost black otherwise. Medium beige head with tiny bubles that died slowly. Slightly malty nose. Medium body on the palate. Malty flavors throughout with a bit of dryness at the very end. Alcohol was not evident. Well balanced.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - FEB 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite dark in the glass, small head, lovely aroma hints of caramel toasty malt. Alcohol content is well hidden by this medium bodied and well balanced brew. Very enjoyable.
stephen (308) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color; bubbly head with creamy dimpled top; mild carbontion visible. Aroma is complex - alcohol, sherry, nuts, raisins, malt; flavor is slightly vinous, smooth and somewhat sweet. Fruity aftertaste.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2003 Dark brown/Black w/ tightly packed mocha head. Rich, malty aroma w/ notes of caramel, nuts, & toast. Thick, chewy, full feel. Sweet malt at first (molasses, caramel) w/ notes of toffee & butterscotch, giving way to a pleasant roastiness (smoke?) & a dry, elegantly balanced finish.
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This almost-black beer with auburn glints has a creamy light brown head. The nose is heavy with burnt, caramely grains with the slightest tinge of green hops. The medium-bodied palate isn't as sweet as the nose would lead you to believe, yet echoes the well-toasted grains and a very subtle molasses-like sweetness toward the slightly hoppy finish.