DrnkMcDermott (2865) - 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 (4756) - 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 (2118) - 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 (1451) - 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.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
fairly good dark ale, tart at the begining with a sweeter smoky finish. A good desert beer.
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JUL 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour, mostly diminishing tan head. Aroma of deep roasted caramel, spicy yeast and some alcohol as it warms. Rather light at the front, quite malty, very roasted and burnt, almost imperial stout burnt, finish is acidic, dry and slightly bitter. The palate is very watery, could be more aggressively brewed. But it’s very good for what it is. It’s a porter at first glance.
Rastacouere (6148) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown, small light brown head with minimal lacing leaves rapidly. Aroma possesses quite a good malt base, akin to roasted almonds with coffee fragrance and little dark fruit notes. Dry palate, yeast imparts a slight tartness that surprisingly marry the roastiness adequately. A fuller schwarzbier with subtle fruity aspects. Pretty good.