Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Looking past the outstanding label, it gives off a dark glow of a creature in the night. But this beer is special. Roasted malt aroma follows through on a sweet, fruity, smokey, zesty palate. An intriging beer. What is it? A stark beer, black and tan, stout, porter, a light doppelbock? to me, a dominating well made beer. It's a beer I always come back to.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A different kind of brew. Cola colored with caramel and citrus aroma and brownish head. Fairly light bodied with vanilla and a slight tartness. Lightly hopped and refreshing. I don't know what to compare it to but I think it is excellent.
kumite56 (468) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I liked this beer. Dry but malty. A refreshing and medium bodied beer. Dark brown with little noticable head. Taste of roasted grain (not burnt though).
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black as night, little head. Flavor was slightly roasty with some nutty/fruity notes. While the bottle claimed that this was neither a stout nor a porter, it sure seemed like a porter to me.
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like flat cola. Everything is subtle. I taste peanuts, fruit, malt flavors. Good head.
Aggie80 (783) - Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This definitely has a much lighter flavor then appearance suggests! Excellent head and lacing with a cola color to it.
PorterPounder (5092) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
First impression was of a flavor of peanuts. Changed to a typical maltiness after that. Dark tea appearance - little to no head - slightly malty aroma - pleasant. Has a bit of a muted flavor - nothing realy sticks out - would make a good session ale in my opinion. Good mouthfeel - goes down smooth. First of many New Belgiums to come - cannot find them around Florida.
Aurelius (3844) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very interesting beer. After sampling a Coopers Extra Stout, this had a distinct peanut aroma and flavor to me. Dry malt, nutty flavor. Great cola appearance, bottle and label, light filmy head. Finishes ale-y and tart. Sufficient bittering of some sort, but not very hoppy. An unusual brew, with a session-weight body. 1554 is cruising for food.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extremely yummy. The perfect mixture of a cream stout and a porter.
A mellow roasted malty flavor with hints of vanilla and fruity sweetness, all the way through.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A new style for me. A stout-colored ale that tastes nothing like a stout. Good body - though the color throws you off until you convince yourself it's not a porter or stout. Very roasty with an almost sweet flavor. Esters are pleasant and kind of fruity. A must try.