kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Little light beige head over a mohogany brown body. Aroma is lightly roasty, chocolatey, hints of caramel and smokiness, and pretty clean grainy malt. Flavor is much the same, but more subdued. Roastiness is most prevalent, followed by a clean, well balance, lightly diacetyl. My fault! Bottle says "best by 08/09/04. Clean of fruitiness, hints of alc flavor at a low ABV, at least to me right now! Chocolate, toffee, & crisp! Lighter body, almost watery, highly carbonated, and lightly acidic. A schwarzbier it is not. But a very good summertime, dark lager beer, it is! A lot of complexity for a dark lager style. I’d try to find this if I could around here for something lighter with flavor!
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours black witgh a off white head and a lasting lace. aromas of roast malt chocolate and coffee. round, roasted malt bitter then smooth dark chocolate sweetness then roasted malt again with a lingering chocolate sweetness. good brew with some charactor in the flavor changes.
IndianaRed (2669) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours a very dark reddish black witha very thick off white head that is still there after several minutes. The lacing almost completely coates the insie of the glass. Aroma is of a dark roast, yeast and malt. Tastes dark and smokey with nutty yeasty smokey darkness. A very creamy smooth mouth feel and a somewhat bitter finish.
DrnkMcDermott (2855) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Finally got my first New Belgium at Soulard Ale House in St. Louis, and this one because they were out of Fat Tire. But this does not disappoint. A deep brown beer with a stouty head. Very estery like a dunkel weizen. Smoothness almost cancels out roastiness. Despite being average in ABV, it had a good alcohol burn, too. And the lacing leaves nice, regular rings down the entire length of the glass.
presario (4748) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong malt aroma with some hops. Dark brown, light head. Smooth body. Brown sugar / malty flavour.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow now this is a super good brew. Pour dark black with a small tan head. Tastes like semisweet choclate with a bit of nuttyness. This is a great brew to drink!
ross (2104) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours out dark with a tan head. smells sweet and yeasty and somewhat malty. taste is sweet nutty and has hints of chooclate. a really fine traditonal ale, does it stack up to adam? no...but not many beers do. this is an awesome traditional ale though. thanks for this one bill!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definate toasty smell then malty...sweet and nutty tasting...definately easy to drink...nutty and sweet...did I say that already?
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Toasty and slightly roasty, this has a nice sparkling black appearance and an easy to drink medium thick body. Hints of smoke and fruit float thru the flavors.
jefcon (1444) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2004 Not as dark or smoky as it looks or smells, but a good roasted finish with caramel and lightly nutty notes. It is slightly acidic, as though it wants to be a porter. I’m glad it’s not, and like it for what it is -- a rich, traditional ale.