kepano (253) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent smoky flavor to it. Not too complex but fairly malty. Almost like a higher gravity Fat Tire.
marcus (8687) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at California brewfest. This dark ale poured with a short beige head. Strong flavor of roasted malt with a slightly bitter finish.
thoreaubred (42) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer tastes and smells like the smell of garbage or rotting fruit. That must be the "odd" flavor everyone else mentioned. Yeah, beer that tastes like the smell of a dumpster is "odd."
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Heavy and oily, okay but a strange concoction. Heavy, again.
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, 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 (8122) - 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 (1272) - 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.