MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2005 A porterish, roasted liveliness unexpectedly surveys a familiar territory...Elderberries (very similar to blackberries, it seems) waltz homogenously with the lactic creaminess which appears midway...Well-crafted, a little smoky, but relatively unthreatening dark ale...
ARMed (622) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tastes like a mild porter, with a little oatmeal stout flavor, though a watered down version and much much weaker. Color is deep amber black. Head is minimal and not long lasting. Lacing is fair and bubbles are relatively small. Less carbonated than I would have thought, but I liked that aspect of the ale. The ale has a slight bitter burnt caramel taste. It is not as full-bodied as I was hoping. It is however very smooth and clean. Easy to drink and not a bad beer, but just not one that I would completely rave about. I really don't taste the fruity aspect of this ale at all, but it does have a good flavor, though a little weaker than I was hoping. Can't taste the 6.5% alcohol at all!
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, roasty aroma, some espresso and berry, which lends an earthy, fruity, vaguely winey character. Deep, dark mahogany color, almost black, with a light brown, slight but creamy head. Pleasant roasted grain flavor, along with dark (elder)berry and red grape fruitiness, some faint semi-sweet chocolate and coffee notes, with a light, tart and sweet note on the finish. Very smooth palate, medium-full body. Not quite like anything else I've had to date, although does seem to have some commonalities with beers in the Schwarzbier category. Enjoyable.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
nice dark color with a soft dark fruity aroma. it had a nice berry flavor that went well with the beer. A very solid ale with fruit flavors...
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkess traditional ale I've ever seen. Black, stout like appearance. Fruity aroma like black berries, I guess thats the elderberries. Sweet wine like flavor. Very pleasant beer. It would make a nice summer time dessert beer. Great with a cigar.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nicely carbonated, in comparison to some other ratings here. It does look a lot like Coca Cola. Very nice earthen and leathery nose, slightly hoppy (pine needles, moss) - buttery elements in the aroma as well. Complex, yes, from the 4-pack - a hint of fruitiness that purports to be elderberry, but I don't know. Good roastiness, well-balanced.
CapFlu (4820) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(330ml Bottle) Another headless beer from Heather Ale. Pours a body exactly like Coca-Cola. Nice roasted malt nose. Smoked Flavour of cocoa, licorice, oak, leather and tar. Most enjoyable from the 'Historic Ales from Scotland' gift pack and the most complex.
RobBestwick (677) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
strong malty nose with hints of elderberry, jet black appearance with small off-white head, roasted malt flavour, red wine like feel, gentle malt finish, very rich.
GregClow (2990) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark black with reddish hue and a tan head. Aroma of malt, molasses and fruit. Flavour of coffee, molasses and light berry notes. Not bad.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black w/ grayish head. Light fruit on the nose w/ coffee & molasses. Firm, moderately chewy body. Flavour is roasted (coffee) & sweet (molasses, prunes, date) w/ also a light fruitiness (elderberries I suppose).