DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I'm not sure what an elderberry is, I think its like a raspberry, blackberry, boysenberry type thing. At any rate, its hard to detect a berry taste in this beer. Its dark coffee brown with a mocha head which gradually diminishes. Hops are detectable in the aroma but dominating is well- roasted dark malt. Flavor repeats the theme, adding smooth biscuity malt, coffee, smoke and honey (berries?). There's a nice quality to this beer sort of like a gentle, lightly sweet stout, and the finish has enough bitterness to cleanse the palate between sips. Drink this slowly, and it grows on you - very enjoyable.
nihtila (1164) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
28.2.2015. Very dark brown. Aroma of some berries, probably elderberries, sweet jam, dark malts, dark fruits. Taste has dark malts and fruits, feelsquite thin.
McSherman (226) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Farbe: tief dunkles rot, beinahe Schwarz
Schaum: wenig und schnell zerfallend
Geruch: malzig, süßlich, holzig
Geschmack: Röstmalz, Kaffee, ungewöhnliche leichte Bitterkeit, trockener Abgang
60minuteman (971) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark colored brew, minimal white head. Roasted malt, berries, earth, barley. Taste is growing on me with every sip. Wifey also used it in her chili recipe. Should be interesting... :)
MrBlueSky93 (277) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from GingRealAleTrail (Bought from The Curious Hop)
Pours Dark Brown with single finger tan head-goes away quickly. Aroma of Dark Fruits, Burnt Malts. Initial taste of Dark Fruits, then touch of Elderberry-sweet then bitter, then dark chocolate, burnt malts, toffee, caramel, coffee and then a lightly smoky finish, with a wee kick from the ABV. Very nice!
puredelusion (104) - Lviv, UKRAINE - JAN 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,33 bottle. Pours dark brown colour with thin light brown head that is mostly diminishing. Hazy liquid, soft carbonation, medium body, oily or creamy texture.
Aroma is burnt malt, toffee, a little bit of black currant (or is this elderberry?), some floral.
Initial taste is light sweet and light bitter, some roastness is present, coffee, prunes and currant notes. Aftertaste overall smooth and short. Little bitter, dark chocolate, burnt bread.
SarkyNorthener (2624) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
New years eve beer no 11 seeing me through big ben. Bottle shared thanks to s_hartshorne. Very dark brown beer with small tan head. Aroma of licorice, roast malts and dark malts. Taste is figs, dark malts, sweet toffee and a little licorice. Good stuff. Happy new year.
AtronSeige (809) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 8, 2014
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma: Medium toasty, melanoidin, licorice
Appearance: Body: Dark brown, opaque. Head: Thin, light brown, low retention.
Flavour: Malt: Licorice, Medium bitterness. Medium sweetness. Light alcohol. Medium Medium dry, tart finish with lingering licorice.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, medium carbonation.
Overall: I can’t pick up any elderberries (but I have no idea what elderberries smell/taste like). The base recipe is good, but I expected more elderberries.
330 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre!
20. Fruit Beer
12C. Baltic Porter
mircoas (164) - ITALY - NOV 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
40cl @ tap. Scura scozzese davvero particolare. Fatto con le bacche di sambuco, antico rimedio contro l’influenza. Dolce e ottima.
Derbeth (422) - Kraków, POLAND - OCT 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black colour, beige head that does not stay long, good lacing. Nose is quite intensive dark chocolate, with a something floral. Mouth is surprisingly smooth, a floral accent dominates and roasted malt is just the background; also some liquorice. Light sweetness, light bitterness. Soft carbonation, the beer feels smooth. Somewhat reminds me of Bracia, but of course this one isn’t so intensive in taste. Overall, quite drinkable, quite interesting, but I don’t think I’ll return to it.
PsychoGunnar (200) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Does not taste like elderberry, but more like good black smoky black ale. Hints of coffee, smells wonderfully cozy of oil, prunes, rock candy and chocolate. My judgement skill and alcohol tolerance is descending as I taste this - whereas I recognize the excellent experience of how this is, I don’t know how to express it. Smoke is a main theme, viscosity is another.