Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours reddish black with tan head. Soapy clean hop aroma, with some smokey malt undertones. Body is smooth, but thinner than what the color leads you too expect. Some astringency in the finish. Tastes of malt and fruity metalic esters. Burned toast. This seems pretty much like New Belgium’s Abbey Ale, with burned toast dunked in it. Not bad, but better sans toast.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew pours with a dark reddish-brown body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with a very slight woody note and a touch of candy sugar. The flavor is sweet and malty with a nice caramel/candy sugar note and a touch of wood. Medium to full bodied and smooth.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good! Bottle poured black with a smallish head and a light aroma of roasty chocolate.
Flavor of smoke and roasty nuts, sweet chocolate.good lacing..Very, very good and easy to drink ,should get better as it warms up.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep mahogany/red color with low co2, and a light brown rocky head. Lacing is sticky and head retention is low. Aroma is acerbic and malty with a metallic background. Tastes lightly sweet at the start, with dark fruits, caramel with a metallic dry finish. Palate is medium bodied, creamy and lightly effervescent. An enjoyable Belgian style ale. One of the better New Belgium brews.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Yet another beer that I have sampled numerous times but have never bothered to rate. Dark Rubyt. Deep aroma of black malt, giving tons of coffee along with chocolate, fruit, nuts and a delicate bitter hoppiness. Thin, yet somewhat creamy texture. Edgy, somewhat astringent and sharp. Malt driven. An ok beer.
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with little head. Strong roasty coffee aroma, smells great. Smooth, a little light-bodied.
MrBunn (2528) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ahh, like a stout that is not a stout. Smells of something roasted, which you should pick up from its dark coloration. Once sipped, it becomes even mysterious, as it mingles flavors of coffee and malt without becoming overly heavy. Strangly brisk in spite of all of its darkness.
CjileAle (2) - wilmot, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 28, 2004 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Is smooth upon first sip with a rosty flavor. Slight lace on the side of the glass.
WeissGuy (10) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color is amazing, a deep red, the inishal taste wavers fast, but still is vary intence. There is a sharp bite but with rosty overtones
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a big tan head. Nice lacing as the head subsides. Somewhat yesty nose, the other aromas seem to be coffee and roasted oats? The beer has a nice mouthfeel and a roasted coffee flavor that gives away to floral/citrusy flavor. The finish is mild, but flavorful. This is an interesting beer. Despite it’s dark color and flavor, it is very easy to drink, even in the hot summer heat.