TAR (2380) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Completely opaque black. Thick mocha head fringes the broken layer. Evenly displayed aroma of assorted berries, ink, soil, and rich espresso. Feeble smoke, prunes, charcoal, leafy hops, and phenols. Thick, oily body. Velvety enough. Bready, ink-drizzled malts soften the moderate acidity. Other than adding some grit to the body, smoke is hardly a factor. Tar and burnt malts inundate the palate but are held in check by the dark berry bedding. Sufficient vanilla, caramel, and a sprucey hop undertow soften the body and smoothen the delicious black malt astringency. Soft roast intermingles with the prune acidity and harsh earthy malt elements. Finishes dry, chalky, and burnt with suggestions of ink, rich espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and their signature black malt stamp. Perpetual burnt malt and vanilla remnants. Yet another DH beer with spectacular execution of roast and char integration. If they’d somehow do away with that yogurty acidity, which seemingly underlies every one of their stouts and detracts from the body and overall richness, and add more rauch malt to this one in particular, they’d have some true humdingers. You’ve gotta love how every stout of theirs is pitch black and darker than most Imperials. Nice!
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2004 These guys make the most beautiful beers in the world!!! It is a work of art, just dark enough that light doesn’t penetrate, with just a touch of red in there, billowy head that sticks relentlessly to the sides of the glass...
Nose was a bit peaty and chocolatey, but that didn’t come out too strong in the taste. Mostly just creamy coffee, some wateryness with a nice dry finish. Not as good as it looks, but certainly worth the drive to Marshall! Thanks to Hopsrus. UPDATE! This beer is much tastier on tap, also, it is advised to keep the beer cold. thicker, richer body, great aftertaste of roasted coffee and dry hops!
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
What is going on with this label? It looks like something that an abused elementary school student would draw during therapy, black hole appearance with a thin tan ring on the outskirts of town, a little light in the mouth, sweet flavor, a little woody, a little smokey, some hints of vanilla and bubble gum, not very carbonated, dry finish, and once again... worst label ever.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown, it has some smokey aroma and flavors, but they don’t overwhelm you. This is a slightly sweet stout w/ a nice tongue feel. I liked it. Thx hopsrus
OldGrowth (2340) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:Ok nose little cream and smoke. Good reddish black color. No head. Roast grains, bakers chocolate, ash, smoke in the flavor. Thinner bodoed, creamy, drier finish. Tasty, seemed a little warming. Wasn’t bad but didn’t make me scream for another.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Extremely dark brown, honest tan head. Very mild smoke in the aroma. The beer base is not all about roastiness though, there’s a nice roasted malt aspect which create cigarette and ashes flavors together with coffee and licorice malt profile. Lots of licorice on the tongue, coffee, lingering smoked chocolate... Medium bodied, light carbonation. Good beer with some typical dark horse quality marks, but this won’t impress anyone and I’d have loved more smoke... a lot more. Thanks psychprof.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dry smoke and treacley over this all-malt lake...Rich consistency and roasty constituents galore develop into a dark chocolate bitterness...A few clouds signalling inherited tranquility...
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Small sized creamy and smooth light brown head and fine-medium sized bubbles that fully diminished. Uncarbonated, opaque and a black hue. Malty, coffee, burnt and roasty aroma. Malty and coffee taste with a thin mouthfeel. Sparse lacing.
thedm (4849) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 4, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew from the brewery poured a small head of fine to medium sized dark brown colored long lasting bubbles that left behind a very good lacing. The body was opaque black with no visible carbonation. The aroma contained notes of smoky roasted dark malts coffee and mild chocolate. The mouth feel was very smooth with a lingering coffee dark malt finish. The brew’s flavor contained notes of dark malts coffee chocolate roasted malts and smokiness. Very nice and well recommended.
BBB63 (5602) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown with ruby highlights that produced a large creamy tan head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of burnt dark malts, coffee, toffee, hazelnut, floral and grassy hops, and an earthy yeast ester. The taste is malty at the beginning with a fruity twang following. Additional undertones of mocha and nuts lingering around the palate. The finish has bitter notes from the hops, coffee, and smoke. The mouthfeel is lively and thin, chalky, the weakest part of the brew. Overall, it’s a solid entry into the style, but I like Dark Horse Black Bier slightly better.