egajdzis (5576) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black (not opaque) with no head. Caramel, malty, slightly fruity, blueberry aroma. Very fruity (elberberry?). Bitter berry taste with some roast as well. Also notes of oak, with an average mouthfeel.
jercraigs (8485) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black headless body with some ruby tinges at the edge of the glass, Slightly fruity and sweetly malty "rematch" (Don't take notes while watching video games...) aroma. Flavour is similar but unexceptional. Not unpleasant but I wouldn't buy it outside of the gift set.
pivo (2631) - GERMANY - JAN 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pungent alcohol-laden nose of roasted malt, dark dark but clear brown color (appearance of being black), tan sticky head. Malt body with dark fruit tastes (raisins) and a spicy middle of cloves and pepper. Dry coffee finish, but an unpleasant cardboardy aftertaste. Long lingering palate. A little adventurous and a little rough around the edges, but nice.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
(cask at RFD, Washington DC) black in color with tan head. Low in carbonation as expected from a cask ale. Roast malt aroma. Flavor was coffee, floral, mediciney.
YogiBeera (2544) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big foamy head. Black color. Malty sweet toffee nose. Weak milk chocolate taste, sweet but also fruity and roasted. Smooth finish. Interesting.
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.