Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with some ruby/purple hints, tan head that disappeared pretty quickly. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and spicy fruit. Same flavor, the elderberries contribute a flavor that is something like grape soda (sounds wierd, but its good). Slightly bitter, slightly dry aftertaste. I highly recommend trying this beer - it is very different in a good way.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 4, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color, roasty aroma, smokey malty flavor.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted malt, fruity aroma, oatmeal stout like pastiness. Berry flavor is hard to detect although there is some fruitiness in the latter half.
LordNeuf (135) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a perplexingly complex ale. It tended to go flat quickly... but it didn’t seem to be missing anything when it was... Bittersweet, a little thick... but unique and worth an investigation
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. This is truely an amazing ale. Has the characteristics of a stout except for not having a head. The finish is soft and smooth. Has a distinct chocolate flavour to it.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Okay, this is the Heather Ale I been waiting to try. Growing up on a farm, we had elderberrys and dishes made from them like pies, jams/jellies, crisp/crumble and of course wine. So how does a beer version fair? It poured out an amazingly dark color and had a dark tan head. I had it at a warmeer temperature that may account for that. Interesting aroma of malts and elderberry. The taste definately had elements of Elderberry and chocolate. A good dark beer.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I found this rating on a piece of paper in my desk hence no insightful comments.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate, coffee aroma. Deepest brown, cappuccino head. Coffee, reminds me of a stout.Extr smooth/
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Where the hell are the berries? This is a ’berry’ beer, is it not?! Tastes smoky, like a rauchbier with malt. Bummer.