loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow! This is the darkest/blackest beer that I’ve ever had. Nice roasted coffee, wine, fruity sweet aroma and flavor. Interesting. Easy, smooth finish with almost no aftertaste.
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I loved the flavor of this strange dark brew. It almsot has a burnt flavor.
jaymobrown (1617) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, syrup pour. Burnt wood nose. Bitter burnt flavor. Some type of straw, grass taste. Probably the herbs in the description. Some carbonation gives it a little fizz.
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This brew poured so black and thick. The head didn’t last long at all and it resembled flat Cola. Coffee aroma with fruit. It was very sweet almost like a wine at times.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2005 The blackness scared me because i forgot it was a ’black ale’...it poured with a tan head but it settled with absolutely nothing, no head, no lace, NADA!...aroma whispered with cocoa coffee veggies..roastedness pops out at first, bitterness weaving its way in and out but...where’s the fruit?? I do taste something pecular, but fruity I’m not sure...besides that confusion, oily..sugary, bittersweet...UH..maybe a wierd 4th dimensional raspberry tartness, not too sure though, craziness, insane, oiley...ah hah..raisins...fruity, crunchy, chewy, sweet raisins...thats the fruitiness in a half shell
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2002
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Best by Feb 2004. Solid black color, with lots of really long lasting tan head. Smells like coffee, which wasn’t what I’d expected. Tastes like a stout, with a smoked coffeeish flavor. Chocolate flavor moves in at it warms. Just didn’t enjoy this one.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of light malts, olives? Black in hue, tannish head. Light fruit in the backdrop, velvety soft, and rather quaffable. Roasted grains, bitter clean finish. Decent, and enjoyable. Berry flavor comes through a little more as it warms up. Good stuff.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2002
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Was expecting much more fruitiness, but it’s barely noticeable. Very surprised at the smokiness of this one, very reminiscent or a mild rauchbier or particularly smoky Scottish Ale. Some hints of maple, herbs, and a few roasts, but nothing to particularly impress me.
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
syrupy, chocolate color with a tan pillow-puff cloud of a head. roasty, nutty aroma. i was expecting it to scream FRUIT because of the elderberry ingredient but it really didn’t. it tasted a bit like an herbal medicine (like an echinacea tincture if anyone has ever tried one of those) and there was a pronounced smokey aftertaste. really tasted like a porter to me. i’d buy it again, but it was pretty rich so definitely not a session sort of ale.
leaparsons (7805) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite a complex amalgamation of cough medicine, vimto, cola and herbs. An interesting "historic document".