TheTsunami (162) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A sweet, dark ale. Nice beige head. Thin mouth feel. Flavors of fruit with traces of nuttiness in the finish. Worthy of a take home growler.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting malty aroma of roasted malts, caramel, cookie dough, coffee. Sweet with a quick dry bitter finish. Touch of corriander, fruit, and nuttiness in the finish. Maybe a little on the light side.
21iceman40 (1732) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one did kind of take me back to 1554. A very good ale, powerful flavor, it made its presence. And also a nice cho-coffe flavor to it.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JAN 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on tap while having lunch at the Orchard’s in Sedona - it was their featured “Micro of the Month”; and again at the Meritage Steakhouse at the J.W. Marriot in Phoenix. The nose is fresh with hints of cinnamon and other seasonal spices, along with flowers and alcohol. This brew is a dark ruby. The frothy beige head is mostly lasting with fair lacing. The flavor starts sweet, roasted warm and floral with a long and burnt porterish finish. The medium to full creamy body is lively and feels dry at the finish.
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet, dark ale. Similar in taste to a belgian strong ale, but a lttile more hops flavor. Nice roasted malt texture and aftertaste. Overall a pretty nice beer, no complaints.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Creamy, mostly diminishing head. Definitely dark in color, a real dark mahogoney color with some cherry undertones. Strong malty aroma. Little carbonation. Strong on the palate, roasted malts.
MrGregAD199 (65) - Medford, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
vacek (67) - College Station, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark chocolate brown with rapidly diminishing off-white head. Malty, roasted taste and smooth finish. Good beer from a decent brewery.
Brew4Dug (137) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A unique beverage in itself, this remonds me of a heavier version of Warsteiner Dunkel. Not near as heavy as it’s Black/Red appearance would have you to believe.
hopscotch (8215) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Nice aroma! Very malty with notes of milk chocolate, creamy coffee, roasted nuts, cinamon and caramel. Interesting and very nice!
This ale pours black, but upon closer inspection (ok, using it as a welding shield) it is actually a very very dark, sparkling clear brown/amber ale. A very small, white, quickly diminishing head with surprisingly good lacing.
The flavor is lightly malty/sweet and lightly bitter up front. Very well-balanced. A touch bitter and pungent on the backside.
A little nutty and spicy, but also fairly thin and watery.
Lively carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.
Short, dry finish. Good beer. I’ll have another.