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 (13266) - 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.
rpack78 (7) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2005 does not count
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not too bad. I don’t like dark beers too much but this one wasn’t horrible. I would drink it again. Peace out.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured deep brown, almost like a porter. Tan head. Aroma was raosted and taosted, is this a porter? The taste was smooth, coffee and notes of chocolate. I swear this is a porter, No? Black Brussels Ale? Mmmm good. Thanks.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, almost black with a thick head. Aromas of roasted malts and chocolate. Very much like a porter, but a bit lighter. More tastes of sweet malts and spiciness. Some hops give it a good balance. Smooth and full flavored with a toffee aftertaste. Very good.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong roast and biscuity malts in the aroma. Clear darkest brown body with generous, fine bubbled tan head that recedes to cover with beautiful lacing. Roasted and toasted malts blend nicely with some soy-like character and fair finishing bitterness. Medium body with moderately lively carbonation that tickles the tongue. Footed glass. Allowed to warm from fridge temperature. Bottle (Liquor Mart, CO, Oct-05).
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2006 Terrific crisp roasted taste. Kind of a smokey finish. Although dark in color, it is not very heavy at all - easy to drink.
GeoDoc (34) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely dark color with toasty aroma. Rich flavor with smooth finish that slides down easy.
Suttree (6075) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, with hints of brown, and a tan head. Interesting aroma of cherry and burnt toast. Much more claean and drinkable than I thought - nice toasty flavors meld with citrus and cherry notes. Maybe like black lemonade? Thanks to Indana_Red for the trade!
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 3, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to JohnnyFlake for this one. Pours dark, dark brown with a nearly white head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, cigarettes and figs. Taste is of coffee and chocolate with some peppery notes, but it was hard to escape the odd cigarette smell coming from this one. This tasted like a cross between a rauchbier and an imperial stout without the nice fruity and dark chocolate elements.