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.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2003
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma was a little off putting at first but did not resemble the taste. Nice roasted quality to it with a unique fruity finish. I didn’t expect much from this brew because it seemed like a gimmick and maybe that is why it impressed me. I was pleasantly suprised at how well the roasted malty flavor and fruit mixed together. I would drink it much more often it it was not three dollars a bottle.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
has a chocolaty fruity flavor. its a little sweet but not too sweet. smooth with a slight bitterness. not as far out as the other heather ale brews, but good none the less.
stephen louis (162) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 29, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2004 average in every way...at its level.
reminds me of guinness with out carbonization,or the slightly burnt taste.smooth,slightly friuty aftertaste.something between cartoon_khaki,and that strange cat person(Dasilky1)hits this one as a very good discription.Its not bad.
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 (1676) - 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.