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.
stephen louis (165) - 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 (153) - 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 (1814) - 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 (1231) - 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