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!
SudsMcDuff (7873) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another New Belgium winner... a handsome looking beer that looks almost exactly like coca-cola. no lacing, little head. Nice taste, gives off a burnt bitterness in the taste, a fine brew
kepano (256) - 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 (8903) - 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!