Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty nose, alcohol, grain. Light tan head dissipates quick. Ruby brown hue. Really hopped up, some malt in there, but not much body wise. Needs some more malt, some chewiness would be nice. Not very complex, no depth for the style. Maybe next time.
Davhgbrew (887) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is as good as it gets, with burnt chocolate. Great dark appearance, with a head that dissapates quickly. The initial sip says it’s going to be a great beer, but the middle and finish are missing something, almost not enough body to back up this dark. Overall it’s a good beer, as are all the Harpoon brews, but it I think it’s missing something. Re-Rate 5/3/02 Still missing something, and all I got was Banana in the aftertaste which I didn’t get the first time I sampled this brew. It lost some points for the weak middle and fruity aftertaste.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 29, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2003 About as malty as a schwarzbier with a hint of alcohol and far too hoppy for the Dunkel style. Decent but not great. Perhaps overly carbonated. Try the Saranac Black Forest instead.
dprior (118) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A let down in flavor, as it looks decent and smells wonderful. At first sample, it’s got a great malty flavor, but it goes down hill from there. A bitter/hoppy aftertaste kicks in and doesnt go over very smooth. I was looking for a crisp finish and got a bitter look on my face. Still a decent beer all in all, just not what I expected.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good full head, dies down too quickly though, dark color with a redish tint. Pushes the limit of what I consider a good amount of malt, but doesnt cross that limit. Has a nice hoppieness to complement it, overall a good solid beer, I will have it again.
hairy (25) - liverpool, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2002
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
a good lasting head,brownish black in apperence,good balance with hops and munich malts,plenty of malt on the nose but alot of d to cover it up,to bad
lagerman99 (66) - USA - NOV 26, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent malts whose shallow depths give pleasure, but are somewhat overwhelmed with the afterbite.
spamalope99 (27) - USA - AUG 18, 2001
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2001
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shazbat (100) - USA - FEB 6, 2001
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting, very hoppy but since I had it fresh from the Brewery, the bitterness is not as bad as from a bottle. If I had only the bottle, my rating would be much lower.