Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with a big tan head. Sweet aroma of dark fruits and a little chocolate. Flavor is pretty unusual. Thick and malty, with dark fruits and finishing with dark bitter roast.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
duvel tulip glass / black body with ruby highlight, big and tight tan head diminished slightly soapy, rich and sweet dark chocolate, baked bread, roastiness, caramel, wavers among cloying and silky and slighty prickly in the mouth. dark and slightly bitter aftertaste; odd. this is not what i expected, and it’s good!
JPDIPSO (5381) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark chestnut color with a large amount of tan bubbles that settles to a cm. of dense head . Decent lace. Light caramel and mild vegetable hops. Light sweet malt start with a dry thin middle. Some burnt caramel flavors along with heavy syrup. More dark malts in the finish. Intersting feel in this one, at times thin and other time rich and silky. Yeah, this a imperial dunkel, Lots of dark to black malt in the finish. I like the sctick more than the brew, but still an interestiung quaff.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish black - you can see some ruby around the edges if you hold it up to the light. Short off-white head, left great lacing. Big sweet malts - like plums, roasty notes at the begining and end, some chocolate. Body was very smooth and mostly full bodied. I enjoyed this - I’m thinking of picking up some more.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color of a classic porter-black with ruby highlights and a tan head. Deep caramel aROMA WITH A SUBTLE ROAST. iNTENSE FRUIT WITH AGOOD ROAST QUALITY AND A APPARENT USE OF TREACLE SYRUP OR OTHER BREWING SUGAR. Tastes more like an English strong than an American.
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, roasted grain, nutty), moderately hoppy (flowers, resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with a light note of licorice. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. The best word to describe this beer is "vague". It’s a jumbled mish-mash of confused characters that had a very tough time convincing me on any particular point. Doughy yeast comes on a little strong as it warms.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma of this beer instantly reminded Cliper City’s Peg Leg Stout.So I thought hmm,should have got a sixer of that but..The appearance is very dark with brown edges,the head is brown and decent,some lace.The taste roasty,teases of caramel and barley any chocolate,but it’s there,medium but effective hopping.The palate is pretty full overall and the beer is highly drinkable.Pretty good, but nothing unique.I agree it has some lager(doublebock ect.)characteristics.
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with reddish-brown highlights; light tan head. Roasty up front; flavors and aromas (and texture, to some degree) seem to thin out in the middle; but then it becomes very roasted and toasted again in the finish. Nice aftertaste. Grassy hops provide a healthy amount of bitterness. Dark-chocolate sweetness. Some slight dark fruit notes pop up here and there. Flavors and roast improves with warmth. A little cloying. Overall, I loved the big roast and lingering bitterness. Not that I’ve ever had one, but it kind of made me think of an imperial schwarzbier ... dare I say it.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stout looking appearance, black appearance with a cream head on top. Nose is a strong malty thickness, but not of any interesting distinct variety (ie no noticable chocolate, caramel, roasted, toffee.) The flavor however is rather full bodied from the malt. It keeps a good blend along the palate with strong malts (I taste a little caramel in there,) a medium hop profile, and a bit of alcohol. Aftertaste is more along the roasted side, but nothing too profound.
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown in color, opaque. Small brown head. Aroma is very alcoholic, almost like a liquor, with some fruity under currents. Odd things it the flavor is sweet, not a hint of the dryness I got through the nose. I think it is slightly under hopped. Sweet finish. I’m as sure that this beer is going to age welll as I have ever been with a beer. I plan to cellar a few(yes I’m serious).