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.
jgentgesdo (681) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brownish-black with a nice tan head. Interesting smoky note to the nose that reminds me of nothing more than maple syrup, pancakes, and sausage. Fine chewy malts at the beginning give way to roasted malts later and a charcoal finish. The overall character reminds me of old style black bread. Very tasty.
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to SS for this one! Poured a dark, dark brown, light barely getting through. Small but persistent head. Aroma of baker’s chocolate. Flavor was also of bitter chocolate, hint of coffee, with a nice acidity as described. Highly enjoyable, very schwarzbier like in character. Perhaps not the most complex beer ever made, but it really hit the spot.
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 (2561) - 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.