DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12 oz bottle: Plumpjack Wines in San Francisco, CA) Not as unique as many of the others in the traditional ale category, this one is more straightforward and "modern", featuring a mildly sweet, mildly roasty maltiness, not unlike the other "black" beers Iíve had. Very malty nose is lightly roasty, mildly bitter, and somewhat sweet. Medium bodied, leaning toward full bodied. Smooth and easy on the palate, and easy to drink. The color is a ruddy, dark brown, clear, and fully translucent. Light tan head, less than an inch in height on the pour, subsides to a thick rim around the edge of the glass, and leaves almost no lace at all. I havenít had too many traditional ales, but all were very unique, so I guess I was expecting something reasonably unique with this beer. Itís not. Itís just a black beer, albeit a really nice one.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to csbosox for this one.Pours a clear dark brown with a rapidly dissappearing head.Nose is almost smokey with the roasted malts taking over most of the aromas.The flavor was a little one sided for my tastes.Not a bad brew but all I could pull outtaí it was the roasted malts
Padron4KM (736) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle best before 07jun05.
Pous a deep rich mohogany with a thic dark brown head.
Aroma is musty, caramel, roasty, sugary malt.
Flavor is smokey, roasty, maybe burnt coffee, with some caramel thrown in.
finish is short and roasty coffee like.
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
This stuff had a caramely, syruppy taste just like yuppie coffee. Very dark that was a deep brownish red when held up to a light. Light tan colored thick creamy head. I didnít hate it but I surely didnít like it much.
bierfinder (10) - College Station, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown to dark brown, small even head and great smoky treat for the palate. Great Malty flavor. A beer tha goes down easy with no after-taste. One of the best domestic (USA) dark brews I have found.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. burgundy in appearance, small off-white head. roasty aroma, hints of smokiness, and very malty. sweet, heavily malt-accented flavour, notes of raisins. moderate carbonation. dry bitter finish. I was expecting something different. overall a mediocre brew from New Belgium.
rajendra82 (999) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another purchase from a recent trip to Arkansas, this beer intrigued me with the unusual style moniker. When poured into a standard pint glass, this did not look black, but rather dark brownish red. The head was uneven and foamy off-white. The aroma was grainy and grassy, with some sweet corn syrup like smell.
The taste was closest to an English brown ale, with some burnt characteristics of a porter creeping in. Lot of nutty malt sweetness, tempered only slightly by the aromatic hops. The mouthfeel was slick and oily. An easy drinking beer for sure.
jus10cider82 (67) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 16, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark brown pour with smallish off white head. Smells of yeast. Sweet malt and sugar cookie taste. Unpleasant bread aftertaste. Odd oily mouthfeel. I didnít like this and I donít like the NB "biscuit" taste. (12 oz bottle)
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown, not black. Slight tan head/ Nose is malty and sweet. Roasty. Flavor is much of the same with mild sense of chocolate. Finishes with slight hop bitterness. An OK beer.
ghett0yeti (29) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was surprised to find a bottle of this in the bar back in my redneck hometown. Sweet at first then the hops barely kick in. Kind of a funky aftertaste, but Iím a smoker so I can kill any taste left on my palate. If you can find it at your local bar I recommend it. Itís great for kicking back and playing a few games of pool.