hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep and hazy reddish brown color with a large tan head. Lots of carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass when poured. Aromas and tastes of sour fruits, light spices, and oak. Lightly sweet and tart. Thin and somewhat of a watery body. Alcohol content well hidden.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy amber/golden hue with a small slight off-white head. Aromas of funk, what, saltiness and a little more funk. Light to medium bodied Flavors of yeastiness and slight chocolate.
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a brownish red color with a thin, off white, creamy head and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of sour cherries, brett, and oak. Taste was very oaky, with lightly spiced cherry. Spicy sweet with lots of oak. Dry finish. The taste does not live up to the aroma, by far. I am surprised this is not listed as a Flemish Sour?
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer pours with a deep red body topped by a medium thick to thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sour with nice barnyard notes and a little sweetness. The flavor is slightly sweet yet slightly bitter and sour with a slight barnyard note. Medium bodied, smooth and slightly dry.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep caramel brown with a light brown, rocky, head. Retention is low, but provides a fine creamy layer and a sticky lace. Aroma is of malt, caramel, spices, and is lightly tart. Flavor has a caramel sweetness with dark fruits chocolate, pepper and an unexpected tartness. The finish sneaks up and has a nice surprising dryness. Palate is medium bodied, peppery, light effervescence and creaminess and a lingering hop bite. Black Ghost evolves and changes character, aroma and flavors throughout. A well-balanced yet complex beer without heavy, intense flavors and palate.
sloth (2341) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large light brown head, large bubbled, good retention, sparce lacing. Dark brown, almost black color with a hazy brown edging. Spicey, dark fruited nose with hints of anise and yeast. Medium body, lightly creamy. Flavors of licorice, lightly chocolatey, cherrys with some piney notes and a pleasent spiceyness. Dry, spicey finish, different, tastey.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark oak red pour with medium brown head; a sour fruity aroma...flavor was abundant (intial fruity taste, followed by a grassy or flowery taste and wood-like flavors); this beer was more watery than not...a little too much for my liking...otherwise, an overall enjoyable beer
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
More or less a Flemish Sour without most of the "sour." Murky, opaque red-brown body topped by a nice tight tan head. Aroma gives the impression this beer’s going to be pretty sour, with notes of sour fruit, wood, and raspberry vinaigrette. The flavor is surprisingly non-sour, with plenty of wood (oak), hints of red wine, and fig mingling with classic musty, earthy yeasts. Spicing is evident as are flower petals and wisps of cigar smoke. Tight carbonation and great mouthfeel. Another good Fantome.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Moderately aromatic, with notes of caramel, cocoa powder, nutmeg, dried leaves, seawater, red apples, grapes and bark along with the usual Fantome tartness and funk.
In terms of style, this beer falls somewhere in between a flanders red ale and a dry stout but essentially, it is in a class all by itself. Dry, slightly tart, with notes of wood, grapes, cherries, coriander, red apple, bark, chocolate and coffee beans. Watery texture. Thin body. Lacking complexity and balance and very dull compared to past Fantome offerings. This is my third sampling of this beer and I know my review is against the grain but I still don’t understand this beers popularity.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a very hazy brown color with a very large head and good lace. It looks perfect in a Duvel tulip. The aroma is slightly spicy, fruity, perhaps a touch sour, and just very nice. The flavor is woody, roasted, dark chocolate, and quite lingering in roastiness. I really do not detect the sour notes in the flavor that I noted in the aroma. The palate is fresh and cleansing. Overall, I am quite pleased.