Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, 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.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin head, dark red colour, nearly opaque. Thin wisps of fruit and woody aromas. Mostly fig and wood flavour. The carbonation was a bit more pronounced than I expected with the thin head.
ivancherdalsky (9) - USA - JAN 22, 2006 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hey now for a beer from the 16th century....wow...good. It was a very good beer. i throughly enjoyed it.
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark reddish brown, fizzy with little head or lacing. Aroma is an even mix of malt sweetness and toasty dried rain with some hop spice. All three aspects make appearances in the flavor but the dry toasted grain far outweighs the sweetness to become the dominant flavor characteristic. Fizzy palate with a long, dry aftertaste. Almost reminiscent of an English brown; not what I would have expected of a Belgian-style ale but pretty nice.
OldMrCrow (2339) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 From a bottle
Pours a very dark cola brown with a small and quickly dissapating head.
The aroma is dominated by the fresh-baking bread yeasts, with some pumpernickel rye, vinegar, and green apple and a hint of lightly-toasted almonds. The flavor is pleasingly balanced and intriguingly different, acidic with distinct but not overpowering dark-roasted coffee malts, tones of warm nuts and wood. There’s not much sweetness here, with a pleasing dry smoke-toned finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but refreshing; this is not a heavy beer at all despite its dark color.
Overall, I’m quite favorably impressed, much more than I expected to be. [Until I tried Eric’s ale] this [was] the best of the of New Belgium offerings that [I’d] tasted, and it makes a nice lunchtime beer, delicious with cheese and crackers. Well worth another visit.
KUEric (930) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 12 oz. Bottle: It pours a nice deep blackish porter look to it. A nice carbonated head, oughly two-fingers tall that quickly fades into a sudy carbonation layer on top. The aroma is nutty, woody, malty, coffee, figs, cardboard. The taste is of prunes, coffe, malts and something roasted mainly with some hints of nuts, wood (in particular the bark-not that I’ve tasted bark, but somehow that descriptions seems right to me?). A beer that is quite nice. I really enjoyed it. The mouthfeel has some signifigant carbonation and isnt quite as smooth as I would have expected (my mind maybe cant wrap around the fact that its not a creamy porter, but an ale).
Update: There is a new label on this guy and the taste is more coffee than I remembered.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin disappearing brown head. nice dark color, good fruit aromas and flavour. Creamy over the tounge.
Sincere (145) - wichita, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 Light brown head, dissapates quickly, leaves small lacing. I taste suprised me due to the fact that I couldn’t catch much of an aroma after frest pour. The body is very dark and medium-heavy, with medium carbonation as well. I taste mostly pecan/walnut taste with a hint of chocolate. Very smooth and silky mouthfeel with an excellent tongue coating.
unibaren (157) - 8000 Århus C, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(GABF2005, so kind of hard to judge with only a 1 ounze sampling) Dark, fruity and creamy. A bit og a hybrid.
zombywoof (461) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 10, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2008 Kenny likes it but doesn’t want to drink 4 in a row. "Beer is yummy for your tummy". Andy says" It has a complex aroma ". I says " Fig and coffee notes but not especially pronounced notes. The finish has llively carbonation and a medium body".