OldGrowth (2108) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: O.K. Nose Coffee/chocolate. Black color poured with little head. Smokey, bakers chocolate, coffee, some molasses flavor. Creamy with a drawn out bitter finish. Good bier, just not what I think of with a black bier.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black. Light brown head. Roasty, chocolaty aroma w/ some light nuts. Thick, oily feel. Roasty, nutty, chocolaty, coffee flavour. Decent bitterness. Perhaps a little too sweet.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
murky almost black colour. nice aroma of coffee and brown sugar. very big and roasty with lots and lots of coffee flavour. seems to drink more like a big porter rather than it's namesake black beer. still, it's quite tasty.
OlJuntan64 (1266) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Awesome opaque with scattered plum black colour. Faint smoked, coffee and mild bitter chocolate aroma. Medium thin body. Medium hops and stronger roasted malt with hints of golden syrup and overbrewed bitter coffee flavours.
CapFlu (4012) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Opaque with little head. Coffee and chocolate nose. Hops beating. Creamy. Too clean a finish. Very good.
argo0 (10388) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(WCC2003) Motor oil black body with minimal brown head. This is a coffee beer -- coffee aroma, coffee coffee taste. Some hoppy bitterness too. Medium full body. Lots of coffee in this one. Lots of coffee.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow! That's a roasted porter. Palate is a bit tangy, but smooth enough. Dark as sin with a roasted coacoa head. Overall a nice porter that is very chocolaty and quite smooth. Tastes and drinks like a stout.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Up front roasty earthy dark chocolate taste. Dark, looks purple at times. Creamy mouthfeel, long bitter finish that curls up the sides of the tongue.
jaymobrown (1510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good complexity and flavors working with this one. It is "jet black" and the flavor reflects the color -- dark caramel, toffee, coffee, roasted alcohol. Well balanced by a bit o' hops to give it the right edge. Worth the trip!
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2005 Appearance: The bottle has a cartoon-ish drawing of a donkey on it. My daughter, who likes Eeyore, thought it was cool...
Otherwise: This is an imperial stout; Iím not sure why bottle calls it a "black bier".
It pours very thickly. The head is very thin, and brown colored. The flavors are roasty with a hint of hops. itís nice tasting. Has some nice smokiness too