dyetube (1315) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
even though this beer is touted aa a "black" lager it is far from (or more) than that! it is very roasty flavored but surprisingly refreshing. it looks like a good porter but drinks like an excellent lager! this is my favorite of the New Belgium brews!
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2005 Like a cross between a schwarzbier and a porter. Or, like a medium-light bodied porter with an odd but refreshing tart finish. Good use of roasted malts for color and flavor. Overall, not bad. But where’s the Belgian character? After reading the label, it’s like false advertising. Perhaps I am mistaken on their view of style.
bb (7382) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Brown beer with a thin beige head. Grassy, roasty aroma. Roasty malt flavor with noble hops. Very well balanced. Clean flavor.
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark, not a stout or a porter... Starts roasty and slightly bitter then a Full of taste and maltiness rushes into your mouth without warning. Finish is a nutty sweetness.... good beer
maawallace (7) - USA - AUG 21, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoy this black ale, which should actually be called a black lager, as they use lager yeast in fermenting. Anyway, it has a very odd character to it which I was not used to, maybe because I have not had many black ales. Regardless, there is a very nice acidity to this beer that makes it bright, crisp, and citrusy.
Excellent finish and thoroughly enjoyable, while not outstanding from start to finish.
desurfer (1246) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark body with little head. Flavor is very roasty and bitter before a rich maltiness takes over. Finish is sweet and dry. Not bad.
BigNasty (55) - South Lyon, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at brewery several times. Closest thing to a stout that NBB makes, in my book. Somewhat bitter, somewhat sour flavors, malty aroma, overall like a more assertive Fat Tire. Not my favorite NBB beer, but I certainly wouldn’t turn one down if offered to me.
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 I liked this beer. It has a stout like quality to the flavor. It was light but it is so hard to imagine a dark beer being light. It was a very nice beer. I would drink another.
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is pretty lame on this one, Taste, however, is quite nice. Nice toasted grain and raisin flavors. Quite smooth and spritzy. Very drinkable and tasty brew.
mjg74 (2788) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark blackish color with hints of ruby when put up to light. Aroma consists of roasted malts with a slight touch of chocolate. Flavor is slightly sweet and thin up front with roasted malts and chocolates to finish this brew up. Good flavor, but this could be really good if it were a little fuller. Some roasted coffee in the finish.