ARMed (610) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tastes like a mild porter, with a little oatmeal stout flavor, though a watered down version and much much weaker. Color is deep amber black. Head is minimal and not long lasting. Lacing is fair and bubbles are relatively small. Less carbonated than I would have thought, but I liked that aspect of the ale. The ale has a slight bitter burnt caramel taste. It is not as full-bodied as I was hoping. It is however very smooth and clean. Easy to drink and not a bad beer, but just not one that I would completely rave about. I really don't taste the fruity aspect of this ale at all, but it does have a good flavor, though a little weaker than I was hoping. Can't taste the 6.5% alcohol at all!
Indra (2641) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, roasty aroma, some espresso and berry, which lends an earthy, fruity, vaguely winey character. Deep, dark mahogany color, almost black, with a light brown, slight but creamy head. Pleasant roasted grain flavor, along with dark (elder)berry and red grape fruitiness, some faint semi-sweet chocolate and coffee notes, with a light, tart and sweet note on the finish. Very smooth palate, medium-full body. Not quite like anything else I've had to date, although does seem to have some commonalities with beers in the Schwarzbier category. Enjoyable.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
nice dark color with a soft dark fruity aroma. it had a nice berry flavor that went well with the beer. A very solid ale with fruit flavors...
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkess traditional ale I've ever seen. Black, stout like appearance. Fruity aroma like black berries, I guess thats the elderberries. Sweet wine like flavor. Very pleasant beer. It would make a nice summer time dessert beer. Great with a cigar.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nicely carbonated, in comparison to some other ratings here. It does look a lot like Coca Cola. Very nice earthen and leathery nose, slightly hoppy (pine needles, moss) - buttery elements in the aroma as well. Complex, yes, from the 4-pack - a hint of fruitiness that purports to be elderberry, but I don't know. Good roastiness, well-balanced.
CapFlu (4589) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(330ml Bottle) Another headless beer from Heather Ale. Pours a body exactly like Coca-Cola. Nice roasted malt nose. Smoked Flavour of cocoa, licorice, oak, leather and tar. Most enjoyable from the 'Historic Ales from Scotland' gift pack and the most complex.
RobBestwick (595) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
strong malty nose with hints of elderberry, jet black appearance with small off-white head, roasted malt flavour, red wine like feel, gentle malt finish, very rich.
GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark black with reddish hue and a tan head. Aroma of malt, molasses and fruit. Flavour of coffee, molasses and light berry notes. Not bad.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black w/ grayish head. Light fruit on the nose w/ coffee & molasses. Firm, moderately chewy body. Flavour is roasted (coffee) & sweet (molasses, prunes, date) w/ also a light fruitiness (elderberries I suppose).
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer pours the blackest of black beers with a slightly red tone around the edges, almost no head and no lacing. The aroma reminds me much of a dark wine with hints of alcohol overpowering slight hints of fruits. The taste is very sweet and tastes of berries, but the alcohol is very apparent as well. This beer is too sweet for my tastes and the alcohol is very poorly masked. This is not a bad beer at all but I don't see myself drinking it again.