ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2005 2004 bottle. Dark burgundy/mahogany brown. Filtered clear, with a small beige head, rapidly disipating and decent lacing. Aroma of Irish porridge, says bucknaked, but to me it smells like hazelnuts and roast. Nothing exciting. Flavor is pretty solid for a regular brewpub porter. Knowing the style and what they aim this to be, I could stretch to say that I taste belgian yeast, but realistically, I would NEVER know this was a beligan traditional brown ale. This tastes like a decent american porter. Roasty, some chocolate and caramel. Iím pretty sure back in 1554 they didnt filter the hell out of this beer. Why does New Belgium filter all of their normal bottle line so heavily???
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nothing great...but not bad. med dark looking with not much head. probably wonít have again.
mfullerene (27) - USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
kind of tastes like slightly burnt chocolate. mildly hoppy. fairly sweet. subtle spices are present. could have had a little more flavor and been better.
badgerben (4392) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black color with a small head. Very vegan aroma. Tastes a little like malted Brussels sprouts. A bit spicy. Strange and interesting, but I donít think Iíd keep this around.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mahogany Brown Coloring. Small Head. Didnít Find This One to Be Very Characterable or Domineering in the Flavor Department. Itís Sweet...With some Spice and Chocolate Tones.. Overall Smooth and Easy Enough to Drink.
sloth (2464) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small light brown head, good retention and a fair lace. Almost black with a dark red glow. Buttery, spicey,malty nose. Medium body, creamy. Medium sweet malt flavor. Hints of fruit, chocolate and a touch of black malt? Some caramel notes also. Dry finish. Thanks Whaledude!
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
from the bottle into the duvel tulip glass / thanks kevin! / definitely a dusty, sort of roasty sorta burnt, chocolate ale. i think i can understand the zesty acidity mentioned in the commercial description since i do sense acidity and spice. itís basically a "black pils" or "weak porter." there's definitely a sort of dessert slash thirst quencher thing going on. it's odd. can be refreshing. hmm.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Shakespearís Pizza is Columbia MO. Dark but translucent. Rich malt tones and light to absent hops. Earthy and robust yet sweet and gentle. Quite good. A sort of darkened brown ale.
aracauna (3052) - Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really enjoyed this beer. Dark mahogany brown/black with a velvety tan head that lingers in a lacy topping. Rich chocolate notes are contrasted by slightly sharp hops. The flavor is rich chocolate like a chocolate cake or brownies near the edge where itís almost, but not quite burnt. Very rewarding, but not heavy or overwhelming. Very drinkable.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Shakespeare Pizza in Columbia, Missouri. Dark brown/black body topped by a thin-medium tan head. Earthy aroma with strong notes of toffee. Flavor was somewhat porter-like, with chocolate, toffee, caramel and dark fruit mingling with light, earthy hops. On second thought, the lack of roast led me away from porter and towards an amber ale of sorts and finally an altbier. Well, I guess itís a "Traditional Ale." At least Iím not the only one whoís confused!