WabashMan (1017) - 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 (3515) - 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.
jeffin7 (613) - 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.