BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
DArk ruby color with a light tawny color. The aroma is lightly sweet and fruity, dark figs and a citrus. The up front flavors are present and solid, not too bad. This is as expected from heather, light hoppy, moderate malty.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour with light brown edges a small white head that leaves quickly and small, spotty lace. Malt aroma with a small smokiness about it. A slight fruity aroma, perhaps that elderberry from the name. The fruit really shows itself in the flavors. Dominating the malt and a bit of a mustiness. Odd palate and medium body that finishes slightly dry. Different.
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very deep brown with a fizzy carbonation, but a creamy thick head. The aroma stank of bad berry juice, but the taste was delightful. Goes down as a cross between a lambic and a dark beer.
Ladyhedgehog (34) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2003 Deep mahogany hue with beautiful and thick cream head. Strong aroma of burnt wood and fruit. Smooth woody fruit taste with a sweet finish.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice black color,medium sized tan head that had a nice long hang time.The aroma was very good,malty chocolate and mild fruit and maybe a slight malted milk ball aroma as well.The flavor malty fruity but only lightly with a mild hop presence,with flavors of chocolate and mild coffeeish flavor slightly bitter at the end but not bad.The finish is decent malty and hoppy a bit bitter but almost seems to be a bit dry and fleeting.IMO this is a very decent brew and well worth looking for.
SirTom (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Better than I expected. 'Your father is a hamster and your mother smells of this beer.' Whatever the heck an elderberry is, it's good in this beer!
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours black with no color showing through light. The head is minimal and brownish. The aroma is malty like a Scotch Ale and smoky like the Alaskan Smoked Porter I just rated with not much in the way of a hop. The flavor starts out like a porter, but then goes into a fruity and salty middle, and somewhat acidic finish. I think I now know what an elderberry tastes like. It seems to linger for some time. The palate is nice and rich and smooth. Overall, I like this.
Dorwart (2424) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ok brown head with almost no carbonation. Dissipates to nothing after a couple of minutes. Smokey aroma that is dry and slightly fruity. Color is black. Flavor contains coffee, smoke, roasted malts, and a touch of hops. Very smooth texture. Finish is dry and slightly bitter and leaves a pasty aftertaste. A interesting beer that tastes a lot like a porter with many of the same characteristics. And no my mother was not a hamster and my father does not smell of elderberries.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
All the signs of a porter: dark brown/black color, roasted chocolate malt aromas and flavor, medium body. All this with addition of dark fruits in the aroma and flavor and some acidity in the finish.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours ruby/black with a vert small tan head. Mild black cherry aroma. Flavor starts very malty chocolate/cherry with an extreme dry finish. A little acidic with no bitterness. No hop flavor. Has the feel of a dry red wine. A strange brew, but nice.