mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2004 Good stuff. It tasted like what I imagine a smoked beer would taste like. It tastes roasted with a fruit undertone. I don't know if it tastes like elderberrys as I never had one. I will say it is something very different and worthy.
skortila (5276) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of roasted malts (coffee), sweet, fruity (blackcurrant) and meat. Black coloured with a lasting off-white head. taste is roasted malty, sweet, fruity, some vanilla/butter, nutty and meat. More bitter in the end. Bit thin palate. very nice brew.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice dark black color with ruby tones, a small head and light lace. Delicious malty, fruity/vinous aroma. Sweet, fruity flavor, big but not overpowering berry (elderberry?) flavor, lightly roasted malt, a little too sweet and thin. Very nice beer, could be refined a little bit to be great.
hotstuff (4864) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a small sized light brown head with fine-large sized bubbles that completely diminished. The body was opaque and thus no visible carbonation and the hue was black. The aroma was malty, coffee, roasty and somewhat fruity. All I got from the flavor was maltiness and coffee from start to finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and somewhat watery. This was a medium bodied beer with no lacing. Not a beer that I would go out of my way for. Not bad, but nothing to really get excited about in my opinion.
thedm (5668) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottled brew poured a very small head of medium to large sized mostly lasting brown colored bubbles that left behind a poor lacing. The body is an opaque unparticulated black with no hope for visible carbonation. The aroma is very nice with notes of molasses and dark malt. The mouth feel is smooth and thin with a finish of coffee flavor. The flavor is very subtle at first then is sneaks up on you and grows into a more tasty molasses coffee mix.
guzzler67 (1665) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Totally dark appearance with a big head and good lacing. Aroma was earthy, like a peat bog. Smooth, malty taste with no noticable elderberries (if they even have a taste). Mild finish.
Crockett (1089) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours like a stout, not black: Super dark red. Big tawny head disipates quickly. Aroma is fruity and roasty with some malt and smoke. Fairly heavy. Lots of bitterness in the flavours. Oily, medicinal, herby, berries, malty, roast, earthy. Not as wonderful as I first though. Complex? Maybe not in a good way. Certainly interesting.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2004
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
33cL bottle, shaker glass. Toasted grain, mild coffee malt (M); banana, plume, raisin, ?elderberry?, ruby port aromas. Fruity, yet unimpressive. Average, frothy, tan head is quickly diminishing and tops a deep garnet body (nearly black). Moderately sweet, astringent flavor becomes a lightly bitter, astringent finish. I guess fruit tannins cause astringency just like grain tannins. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: man, they’ll put anything in their beers in Scotland!
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is the one I like. Deep black in color with a lasting head. Fruity. Very smooth roasty flavor like a stout. Enjoyable.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep clear brown with a lasting tan head. Spicy stout like roasty aroma. Smooth roasty flavor, with hints of fruit and spice. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Well made.