divepatch (10) - USA - FEB 17, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A relatively lively beer. It should not be consumed ice cold because as the label will tell you, the recipit was concieved in 1554 by some monks. Because of the lack of refrigeration during those times it is not ment to be consumed cold. The flavour matures with the temperature, unfortunately, not enought to sooth my lust for dark powerful stouts. Overall pretty good, but not one of my favorites.
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, best before 24MAR06. Pours a clear very dark brown with a small, light beige head. Nose of chocolate, nuts, and a little bit of coffee. Tastes fairly nutty and sweet. Not a terribly complex beer, but not too bad, either. I wouldn’t try too too hard to seek this one out.
Solz16 (5) - Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2006 does not count
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks alot like a cup of coffee. Pretty smooth begining followed up with a hoppy coffe bitterness. One of the better New Belgium Beers
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - FEB 7, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly translucent dark brown in color with medium carbonation. Aroma of coffee and chocolate with a slight fruityness. Starts sweet and roasty, then moves to a mild coffee/hops bitterness. Smooth.
SamAdams777 (37) - Abilene or Stephenville, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2008 First off, I love the bottle. It has a nice look, but anyways, that wont affect my beer rating. The smell is fantasic. Nuts, maybe chocolate. The apperance is nice too, could pass for a latte if it were just a picture. The flavor is bold. I love this beer.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. I’ve had this many times in bottle, but this is the first draught. Dark brown color with bubbly tan head. Milk chocolate nose and flavor with a hint of roasty coffee and a strange cola aftertaste.
JK (4604) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A strange beer, sort of like a light rauch or schwarzbier. Black appearance and a small head. Aroma of roasted meat with a lighter flavor than I expected from the aroma and appearance. Dry finish. Pleasant; and I am always happy to try any traditional ale.
pandaDH (3) - Oak Harbor, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2006 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer has a full flavor but a little bit of an after taste. Good color for a black ale.
dwyerpg (4643) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 31, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells pretty good, but kind of like a black lager. I must say I felt pretty smart when I read the label later. Chocolate flavor is good and noticeable but not too sweet. One of their best, if not, best beers.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Definitely acidic. There is a small roastiness here that accents that, as well as some plummy/figgy/oaky notes. The rest of the malt was middling sweet and gave nutty and toasty flavors. Mouthfeel was medium. Don’t know that I’d drink it regualrly, but a very good beer.