JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown, somewhat hazy, light cream colred head. Nose is sour, yeasty, and nutty. Taste is interesting. Nice fruit notes combined with generous dark roasted malts and some nice funky yeast. Balanced out at the end with some light bittering hops. good stuff.
Zoso137 (52) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
this is an extremely nice brew with great color and a great finish, but its just not my style. it makes you feel like you have your winter coat on and youre in the middle of the ocean on an island with a candle and a bar of soap.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is one of sour yeast and nuts. A cloudy maize color with a small head is the trademark of this beer. The taste is a mild sweet yeasty one that has a mild tang that lingers a good while after swallowing.
oldrtybastrd (5000) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep blackish brown color. Aromas of chocolate, nuts, roasted malts, with a hint of spice. Flavors of chocolate and a bit of roasted barley. This is probably my favorite New Belgium beer.
ghawener (1564) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - DEC 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft: Black with small beige head, found it on tap in Arkansas a nice try to brew a Belgium style beer; not bad at all.
ronjeremy230 (3) - USA - DEC 6, 2005 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark beer amost opaque when held up to light through the bottle. Slight bitterness. It is nothing special.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Pours a speckled brown color with a light brown head. Nose is lots of dark fruit, malty, lightly smokey, some yeast involved, light nuts. Taste was mostly apples, figs, dates, some light chocolate notes here and there and finishes with a nice bitterness and a clean palate.
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The bottle poured a clear, dark amber-brown beverage with a small fizzy light tan head that was most diminishing but that left good lacing on the glass. The aroma was nicely balanced with sweet nutty malt character and grassy hop notes. It has a nice full body with average carbonation and a smooth texture. The flavor started out moderately bitter with notes of chocolate and coffee and the finish was average in length.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours dark, dark brown with a thick brown head. Aroma is bitter; coffee, baker’s chocolate, and smoke. Taste is questionable. Some pulls were good, others seemed sour. I think the yeast is to blame. It seemed to be fighting the hops and malt for dominance. Needs more balance.
Ratman197 (13072) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a translucent brownish-black with a long-lasting tan head[ leaving behind Brussels lace]. Aromas of bitter coffee, bitter chocolate, and a hint of smoke. Palate was light bodied, smooth and crisp. Flavors of bitter chocolate, hint of bitter coffee, and a bit of smoke with a lingering, crisp bitter finish.