amalsugar (41) - Tremonton, Utah, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color of this beer makes you expect something else, but when you taste it it is a rather light and refreshing flavor for how thick it appears. The malts and caramels are definately present. This is a great beer to have to relax after getting off work.
JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle - Pours black with a modest tan head that disapates in a few minutes, however, there is a nice light lacing that hangs around until the finish. Aroma is semi-sweet malt with naunces of yeast and coffee. Flavor is that of light coffee, burnt caramel and roasted nuts. The mouthfeel is pleasant and light, not too much fizz. The finish is semi-sweet and smooth, not too dry. This is very nice, easy drinking beer that is not too filling and has plenty of flavors to offer.
Silenus (14) - Savannah, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This ales pours a beautiful black with a very fine carbonation and a caramel head. It has strong coffee and caramel flavors and a mouthfeel that liberally coats the tongue. It also has a surprisingly refreshing taste. From the look, you’d think it would have a strong alcohol bite but it has a very balanced flavor. I also love the story behind its creation. Definitely one of the collection.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet musty, malt aroma. Dark brown with a thumb thick mocha head. Very porter-like in appearance. Full malt flavor in the fore. Some mild roastiness is present and there are, to me, some very porterish asspects except that this is sweeter and far maltier. Sort of a scwarzbier/porter mix. I get some mild molasses notes in the aftertaste. Very satisfying brew.
Zamboni42 (10) - USA - OCT 10, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice beer. Looks like a stout, but this is a different animal. Very earthy and slightly sweet with plenty of coffee and chocolate, with a grounding of pumpernickel bread. Just think of the best "brown foods" combined into a delicous smooth beer. Lovely.
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a black with mahogany tints when held up to the light. Gorgeous. It has a nice light borwn head that slowly diminishes. The aromas are dominated by rich, wheatty, oaky malts. All of this shows up in the flavors as well as a wonderful coffee taste. Overall, the flavors are sweet. The feel is nice and the taste and feel combined reminded me of a mild stout. This is a good beer if you are in the mood for something a little sweeter.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on tap at the brewery with several RateBeer guys. Charcoal brown/black, clear with a lightly frothy head. The aroma had charcoal, hints of fruit, and very light hops. Flavor was lightly fruity, malty (but easily so), burnt malt, and lightly warming alcohol. Body was very light with creamy hints. This was interesting and had some depth, but lacked something overall.
lovelacm (48) - Niceville, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pour - Small off-white head with nice lacing atop a dark brown, almost black body. Nice aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee, with a hint of brown sugar. Initially sweet that settles into a dark chocolate and coffee (almost mocha) flavor.. very close to Mom’s chocolate cake with mocha icing. Full, creamy mouth feel. Very enjoyable! Nice Job, New Belgium!
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smooth sweet roasted malt, caramel and smoky combination that mixes well. Slightly fizzy. Overall I found it interesting and enjoyable, but not overly exciting.
allfreej (555) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a short, tan head and nice lacing as it settles. Not much of a nose, but the flavor is malty, with smoky, coffee tones. A bit of hops in the finish and a firm mouthfeel without being overly heavy make this a nice drinking ale. Another good offering from New Belgium!