brocker (99) - Salina, Utah, USA - JAN 20, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cola colored. Minimal brown head. Tastes malty, too sweet. Throw in a little coffee and Count Chocula.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Breckenridge ski resort. Dark red/brown body with a light tan head. Aroma was well balanced between roasty malt, dark chocolate, and fruit. Smooth body, if not a little watery. Flavors of carmel, smoke, and dark fruit. finishes whith a bit of sweetness and yeasty tang. Quite intresting.
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 Pours dark brown with tan head. Has little aroma of malt. Light bodied with tastes of malt and a roasted flavor. Much better this time for some reason, seems more flavorful and smoother. Good Stuff.
movolsfan (11) - Parkville, Missouri, USA - JAN 5, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoy this ale that looks to be thick, but goes down very smooth. This is good year round whether it’s hot or cold outside. One of NBB’s best!
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle BB 07JUN05. Dark, nice head, some lace. Smells of smokey, slightly raisin tinged, dark malt with a bit of yeasty funk. Very smooth, with the dark carmel malts, smoke, and yeast funk coming together to make something real interesting...a bizar sort of porter is the best I can think of to describe it. I get some slight black liquorice and maybe even cinnamin too...nice complexity of malts & yeast and a light body make this a fun beer to chug.
Evster64 (107) - Kempner, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma - Almost non-existent, just a light hint of malt.
Appearance - Deep black, with almost no head.
Flavor - Chocolate, smoke, malt. Dry and crisp.
Palate - Crisp, dry finish with a deep malty residual.
Overall - A nice ale. Bravo to the folks in Fort Collins, Co., who brew the stuff. I will definitely drink it again.
motelpogo (7244) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 26, 2004
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
bottled. i must have been a real glutton for punishment as i kept tasting new belgian beers as though each bad one made me think i was getting closer to finding a good one. this was pretty black and had a bad homebrew stout and brown sugar aroma. some nasty tang there and powder chocolate. i dunno
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black ale? A new appellation for me, but after tasting, it’s more accurately a brown ale painted up in blackface, ...not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Dark brown in color, more reddish when seen through light. A full, frothy, creamy off-white head towers on top. Powerful aromatics waft out, fruity and floral, soft, sweet notes of toffee, cream, and nuts. Bold brace of hops jump on board the palate and carry through the finish. Excellent texture, chewy and substantial. Hops start to bow out, as they are muted by the full feeling of the powerful malt presence. Very satisfying, and a superior choice for a session ale. I have to wonder if they didn’t blacken this brew, which otherwise tastes like an excellent example of brown ale, to avoid comparison to the inferior Newcastle
DocLock (8597) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to BBB63 for this. Pours great ruby with big, creamy white head. Aroma of malt, fruit, corn flakes, merlot. Tastes malty, with chocoff, nuts, corn flakes, like liquid Wheaties with finishing fruit and a slight dry cognac flavor. Great stuff. Get one for yourself, and one for your mother
daniela (9) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 15, 2004 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
mmmm.. dark-roasted malt. smoked walnuts. burnt caramel. the thick dark bread my german momma sends me. substantial and sweet but not cloying. a mouthful of warm flavor that is still refreshing.
relies on the roasted malts rather than the hops for the bitter character.