badgerben (4479) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oh wow... my friend and I thought this was just going to be a cheap filler beer in the night. How wrong we were! Pitch black pour with a thin, lacing head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and smoke. Taste is very bitterly chocolate. Quite a nice surprise!
YogiBeera (2480) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitchblack, little layer, malt licorice taste and also nose. Malt and espressom, roasted coffee beans- long lasting. Nice
pivo (2571) - GERMANY - AUG 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is the only beer from this brewer that I’ve had that is worth drinking. Smells and tastes of chocolate and coffee. Nice blend within a fairly rich malt body. A quick but dry coffee finish, some licorice. The extra alcohol isn’t in the foreground but sets this apart from typical Schwarzbiers.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 mL bottle: wonderful opaque black ruby body with a dark tan cream…large toasted rye aroma, with wisps of coffee, and lightly burnt hops. Roasted peanut flavours, mix with a distinct herbal quality to offer a unique porter taste. Slightly gritty palate, but smoothes out in the finish…decent, but I really wanted some more fruitiness instead of the sugary sweetness.
Ernest (6264) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee), lightly hoppy (flowers), with a note of wet stone. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation. Wow, good quality evidenced here...looking forward to more traditionally German offerings from this brewery. This is very British in both aroma and flavor profile...like a cask porter, tart and seemingly made to quaff (despite the ABV, which is not at all British). I usually don’t like acid in porters, but somehow the Brit/Irish mineral character, matching bitterness, and rich mouthfeel work out. Very skilled hands made this beer, regardless, that much is crystal clear.
MIBRomeo (2561) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2004 Aroma left something to be desired.. this bear really didn’t smell great and I’m not sure what the scent was yet.
The beer had a fairly good head for a porter.. it looked great looking thick and black. Tasted great and came in a large highly alcoholic serving...
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich roasty black with a thin light tan head. Subtle caramel malty aroma with a lightly roasted lager profile, pretty typical of a baltic porter. Starts semi-thin and sweet with a touch of acidity before a more roasty and sweet finish. Hides the alcohol magnificently well and is quite good for a German porter.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mettalic palate. Very Dark. Sweet. Coffe and chocolate, but mot much elese.
igneous1 (1500) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
almost opaque, a little ruby comes through when held up to the light. head is a tan and a bit creamy, somewhat lasting. malt in the aroma, but with a fair amount of vegetal notes. flavor is pretty sweet, medium roasty, alcohol is virtually non-detectable. moderately roasty and lightly hopped in the finish...pretty good.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Near black in color with a hint of brown when hint of brown at the edges when held to the light. Large dense tan head the scads of lace. Heavy sweet roasted malt aromas along with some light grass. Sweet roasty start. Sweet lightly roasted middle. Sweet malt finish. While nothing complex, this is how I envision many of the dark rich brews of yore. Smooth and slightly oily on the palate. Alcohol not evident. Even in its simplicity, I enjoy this. After heavy lifting this would hit the spot.