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.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think that I was allergic to this one. I had a wicked headache after drinking it. None-the-less, it was a good beer. Poured a dark brown with a nice roasted aroma with hints of fruit. Flavor was roasted and fruity. It was enjoyable, but it gave me a terrible headache.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very interesting - the berry taste hits me at the very end - i mean like two minutes after the swallow - a thin and lingering kool-aid flavor. Mostly this tasted like a lowly carbonated bitter ale. Smooth, then a roasty hop ending then later that berry stuff. Body was dark brown with a cocoa head that did have a slight red grape tinge to it. Interesting - in a good way
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma was rich and fruity and the color a deep brown w/lingering head. The burnt/roasted hoppy flavor had an oily finish. Sort of hard to describe, but it left a residue (or the feeling of one) on the roof of the mouth. Quite tasty.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I'm not sure what an elderberry is, I think its like a raspberry, blackberry, boysenberry type thing. At any rate, its hard to detect a berry taste in this beer. Its dark coffee brown with a mocha head which gradually diminishes. Hops are detectable in the aroma but dominating is well- roasted dark malt. Flavor repeats the theme, adding smooth biscuity malt, coffee, smoke and honey (berries?). There's a nice quality to this beer sort of like a gentle, lightly sweet stout, and the finish has enough bitterness to cleanse the palate between sips. Drink this slowly, and it grows on you - very enjoyable.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours an opaque brown with highlights of garnet, the head passable in size, frothy in consistency, light chocolate brown in color, as it evanesces it leaves behind a thick and clinging sheet of lace. Lightly roasted grains, also the aroma of lightly burnt coffee beans, sweet and different to be sure. Start is loaded with malt, sweet, the top middling in feel, with the finish sparingly acidic, the hops personable but not overly so, very dry aftertaste. Quite quaffable, good but not great and well worth a sample.
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another interesting ale from Heather Ales. Very dark, black apparence. Starts like a dry stout, then finishes with a fruitiness that I assume is elderberries. I had it a little too cold, so I would like to try it again.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2003
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 1/20
Dark black, Jessie Jackson couldn't handle how dark this is. Licorice smell combined with muchas alcohol fills the air immediatley. An extremely smooth taste to it, kind of like a brandy, somewhat fruity hops, like blackberry's, fig, raisons. Really fucked up taste, yet extremely smooth. Like a bad girl it doesn't give much head. Weird brew here, yet respectable. I would have it again, but would love to have it off the tapper.
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very high hopes led to a less than desirable drinking experience. I had hoped for a lot more from this one...
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black, with scant beige/tan head. Quite roasty, with dark chocolate notes and slight bitterness. There's much less fruitiness than I expected, but here in the USA elderberries are unfamiliar, so I suppose I didn't know what to look for. Nice and full-bodied.