pivo (2646) - 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 (2554) - 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.
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.