AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
!998 version. Black in color, opaque with a dark, tan head. Aroma of a chocolate brownie and dark fruit. Surprisingly in good shape at 5.5% ABV. It had none of the overcarbonated, exhausted character that many beers of this ABV would display after 7 years. A huge, toasted, port-like, vinous character makes up most of the flavor profile.
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Argang 2004....best by May 2014?
Kind of wishing I let this sit around for a while now...
Even so, very good.
Very black, small tan head. Definite coffee and ashtry type aromas. Same for flavor with a bit of caramel thrown in. Got to get some more bottles, drink some, age others
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2006 arang 2001. Poured Black, with a tight foamy tan head. Burnt coffee and caramel. Also some hops in the back ground. My mouth is watering. Taste is full body, thick and creamy. pleasant bitter coffe flavor. Good malt back bone gives this a great taste. Has held up very well for 3-4 years.
Re-rate of a 1997 this was spoken of as a better vintage, but this was more watery then I felt with the 2001.
re-rate 2004. This also seemed watery.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Argang 1997" Nearly flat and dark, dark brown. Strong, sweet aroma with molassas, tar, chocolate,. some sourness. Very well balanced combination of unusual flavors. Some multi-vitamin, some chalk, some herbs, a little acrid roastiness. Dry, slightly tart finish. Has held up well for an 8 year old ale of such low alcohol content. Interesting little trip in time.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1997 Vintage, Bottle: Pours black with no head. Aroma is a pungent syrupy sweet malt that is a bit off putting. The flavor is much better. An ashy roast, a slight chocolate syrupy sweetness, some meat and herbs in the finish. Decent porter but I couldn’t see drinking to much of it.
Sammy (11072) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1997 edition. A very smooth porter, with some sourness. Very Black and very roasty and other herbs, including fennel aroma and possibly peppermint i
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A delicious porter from Sveden. Odor de wet dog, coffee, cigarrettes, smoke and chocolate. Some sweetness, tho I did not notice as much as some raters have said. Great aftertaste, though odd carbonation after a while. A fine brew in many regards. Unsure why this would age well as the bottle and other raters say as it is very low in alcohol. Opinions?
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Based on other ratings, I’m almost certain that I had a bad bottle of this beer. Mine had NO head to speak of to complement its nearly black color. Nose was fantastic...but flavor was very weak and flat. I’ll have to try this again, hopefully with better luck.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick head. Very dark beer with only a little hint of deep brown showing when held to light. Hints of chocalate and some caramel in the aroma. Has a nice malty taste with some chocolate aftertaste. Good but not great beer.
PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark Opaque body with marvelous head. Molasses and roast aroma. Thick burned palate. Nice beer for a St-Patrick! Thanks to Eructoblaster for this one.