heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Saw the label and a friend convinced me to try this. What a pleasure. Very dark with some ruby coloring. A small white head with little lacing. Coffee and malt in the aroma. The flavor is full bodied with some ash, and roasted coffee. Similiar to a strong porter. Slight apple towards the end of a glass. This is interesting and I would try this again. The seaweed got me to try this and I don't regret it.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black color with very little head and none to light lacing. The aroma has some chocolate and spicy hop notes, livens up after it warms up a bit; very rich. The flavor has lots of roasted chocolate notes with a finish of kombu & bonito, very light dashi. Finishes like a nice balanced chocolate with some coffee roasted into the background. The seaweed is detectable and so deliciously blended into this fine ale. Another winner from Heather, I find this to be the best!
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black hue with a decent light brown head. Roasted malt aroma. Roasted, toasted taste with coffee and chocolate tones. Tastes like a porter. A good beer.
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Asked my roommate to grab me something ridiculous from the store and he got me this. Random choice but good choice. Chocolatey and smooth, can't taste too much of the seaweed, a little saltiness comes out. Nice.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Unusual aroma, with malt, chocolate and a faint saltiness. Starts with a chocolatey, light malt character, and a smooth texture. The saltiness does develop in the finish, along with some restrained hops. It's interesting but with a short, rich finish.
leaparsons (8019) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark and still. The aromas are smokey malts and peat. Flavours are also smokey peat with some fruit acidicy. Unusual but decent.
TheBeerGod (5218) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours near black with a tall fluffy tan head. Nose is unexpected but nice! Roasted malt, and a light hint of wood. More of the roasted malt with some sweet tones and a hint of smoked wood. Finishes very smooth and has a rich creamy mouthfeel. WAY better than expected. Very porter-like to me. Great beer!
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours a deep amber, almost black, color with a decent off white head and no lace. The aroma is of roasted malt. The flavor is of smoky roasted malt and a sour fruit finish with an additional acidic favor in the back and a slightly coating nature. Overall, this is OK, but will avoid looking for it.
BeerandBlues2 (9586) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2005 Bottle. Pours black with brwon hints and an edgy tan head. Hoppy and dark chocolate maple nutty malt with alcohol aroma. Watery caramel malt chocolate milked coffee flavor. Dark and thin watery palate.
Nuffield (3667) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2011 I can’t say I know what seaweed tastes like. Ther eis a wood/bourbon cask vein to this, yet fruity, like strawberry. Mildly sour, with a milky/lactic quality. Peanut shells come to mind for the dry saltiness this leaves. Thin, low carbonation palate. Nut-brown color. Curious. (Sampled at Southern Ratebeer Gathering, Austin, TX, December 6, 2003) Rerated in Dec. 2011 with a larger glass and found it too flat and watery, with a slightly smokey note. 2.6 on rerate after original 3.3 rating. Averaged for current score.