Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours a medium dark amber brown with a decent head and some lace. The aroma is quite roasty. The flavor is of coffee like roasted malt, some hops, and very nice. The palate is fairly rich and not too fizzy. Overall, they might have something here.
drywallman (359) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It opened and poured dark as expected without much of a lasting head. It had the described coffee and slight cherry aroma. There was a slight roast taste in the after taste, but no bitterness as advertised. The chocolate flavor came through to a decent level but was not overpowering. I highly recommend this for a session dunkel.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a redish brown color with a creamy tan head. nice aroma of malt and some chocolate with a hint of cherry. smooth chocolaty flavor with coffee and malt flavors as well. medium body and smooth from start to finish...not much in the way of hops but overall is very delicious, getting a hint of charcoal as it warms.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is nothing like its commercial description. Considering that I have tasted several other beers from them that DO taste German, the supposedly German style beer does not! And it DOES have a bitter aftertaste. I think these guys are slightly schizo or something. But it is a pretty decent brew, whatever it is.
badgerben (4864) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 Original Rating 2/19/2004:Pours very dark with a thin but lasting head. Very malty with hints of chocolate. There is a very sour aftertaste that ruined it for me. Not a bad beer, but the sour will keep me away from it. 6/4/5/2/12 Re-rate 3/27/2008: I finally get to re-rate a beer that I know I have enjoyed, but the original poor rating has stood. Dark copper color with a medium head. Sweet barley aroma and some Noble hops. Dry malt taste, a little bit of floral hop bitterness for the finish. Just an absolute pinch of chocolate and coffee.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with golden edges. Malty with a round mouth feel. Some roasty chocolate present.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2006 Very dark amber color with a large creamy head. Dissipates quickly, but not completely. Good lacing. Aroma contains roasted scents with toasty chocolate, overripe cherries, and I thought I caught some hoisin sauce. Texture seems a bit oily in the finish. To me, this tastes like a toasted version of their bock. Slight resin hop aspect in the finish. I previously mentioned salty sourness in the taste of this beer. I don’t see a lot of that right now. But I’d keep an eye on the age of these bottles... drink it young! (7 / 3 / 6 / 3 / 13)
Update 1/19/2006: Had a batch bottled a month ago and it was very flavorful. Roasty sweet and silky chocolate. Mmmm...
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Terrific thirst-cutter without being bitter. Fantastic with a sandwich. Creamy and solid. Pretty good! Thanks, David P., for another nice pick!
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yum! A deliciously malty, rich, chocolatey, brew with a noticeable coffee twang! Hops are alluded to but not delivered. They're hinted at but don't cameo. They're like Godot - they never show. The head is also a no-show, but if you like malty brews like I do, just think of this as a hearty 80 shilling/scottish ale and enjoy. To be savored!
djmcfar (64) - Ixonia, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma - very sweet chocolate with a hint of licorice (sp) and coffee - dark brown color as the name suggests - small head diminishes to nothing quickly (even poured it semi-warm) - medium to low carbonation (12 oz bottle) - taste follows aroma - nothing objectionable yet not particularly impressive