Kevin (2148) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. nice caramel aroma, very little head. good overall taste. i really liked this, wish i could find it on tap. leaves a really good chocaolate taste. but does leave the palate a little dry. but i will drink this again
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer had less dark malt bitterness and roasted character than I was expecting, but it went down very easy. Aromas of grassy base malt came through (good ol’ decoction mash), some of this came through in the flavor as well, but it seemed to be subdued over all.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Canned- I was pleasantly suprised by this beer. First of all, the body was a dark black, but when held up in the light, I could almost see a sort of dark amber tinge as well. Aroma was roasted malt, and caramel. Taste was a little weak, but still decent. A good balance of malt and a slight candy taste to start off with. Then, as I drank a little more, I got some sour notes in the background. Smooth beer with the alcohol well hidden. Nice!
MiP (14048) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2005 Bottle. Light malty aroma. Black with white head. Nice roasted flavour. Hint of toffee. Liquorice aftertaste. Not excactly watery, but not very powerful either.
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had a large long-lasting tan head. Almost black with red highlights. Aroma of sweaty socks, mushrooms and some fresh green beans. The taste is a wheat, deep malt and some pecans. Overall, slightly sour like others in the style. Overall, a solid beer.
Sammy (9326) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Firstly, it was very fresh - it had a pleasant surprising on-tap taste. Second, I fortunately drank it out of a suitable beer mug displaying its pretty dark brown colour. It’s very creamy initial pour settled in a moment. Very pleasant with understated roasted malt and hint of coffee.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 Such a smooth and drinkable brew so nicely balanced, with a subtle roasted, caramel, and chocolate flavor. Bitter and sweet, light and flavorful: This brew turned me on to the style. A brew that can be consumed in massive quantities.
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown, with a nice tan head. Light roasted malt aroma. Slightly roasted malt taste.Somewhat dry finish. Really liked this gift.
sidekick (26) - Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Would find it difficult overall to find a better beer than this. On tap, which is hard to find, it is a pure mouth orgasim. Bottled it comes across very well. Let me know if you see it on tap!
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2006 Can (unfortunately) A really lovely looking beer - opaque brown - with a nice short lived head. Aroma is fruity and sweet malt and the first sip gives a hint of "biting" carbonation. But the impression doesn’t last and it is a well carbonated beer. A smooth but strangely unremarkable taste (could this be because it was from a can?). A bit of lingering bitterness that didn’t leave much of an impression. The strange thing is, I was prepared to be more negative, but I soon realized that this is a really refreshing beer. So the taste was lacking a bit, but somehow the sum was greater than the parts. Would love to have it from a bottle or on tap.