Suttree (5142) - 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 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, 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 (1012) - 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.
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2003
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black,fast fading tan head. Good roasted,chocolate nose.
Bland vaguely fruity,lightly roasted taste
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark beer with a small head. Spicy, flowery, roasted aroma and taste. Light bitter finish.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Didn't taste much, just hints of berry and perhaps chocolate and smoke.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Has a roasted fruity smell and a black, black color. Taste is roasted and finishes with a fruity bitterness. Overall not bad, but not my favorite.
jefyou (39) - Menlo Park, California, USA - JAN 16, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
User "dhurtubise" hit the nail on the head when he said "A bit of a cross between an english porter and a scotch ale. Quite roasty and reasonably complex with a relatively thin body, with roasted malts and a little bit of smoked peat smoothing out the profile. Some berry character can be detected, mostly in the aroma. Rich roasted malt finish with guiness like bitter finish." I will add that the Elderberry is very subtle and there is very little head accompanied by a decent amount of carbonation.
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bit of a cross between an english porter and a scotch ale. Quite roasty and reasonably complex with a relatively thin body, with roasted malts and a little bit of smoked peat smoothing out the profile. Some berry character can be detected, mostly in the aroma. Rich roasted malt finish with guiness like bitter finish.