drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another winner from New Belgium. I don't know what I should classify this as, maybe nothing. It's ridiculous to call this a "traditional ale", both because this is not, and because you could call Budweiser a "traditional ale". Anyway, nice red/brown color with a tan head. Nice burnt malty flavors come on first. Flavor is overall sweet but not overwhelming, and just lightly carbonated enough. Lighter than it looks and finishes nice and clean. Who cares what this is, really? It's outstanding.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Looking past the outstanding label, it gives off a dark glow of a creature in the night. But this beer is special. Roasted malt aroma follows through on a sweet, fruity, smokey, zesty palate. An intriging beer. What is it? A stark beer, black and tan, stout, porter, a light doppelbock? to me, a dominating well made beer. It's a beer I always come back to.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A different kind of brew. Cola colored with caramel and citrus aroma and brownish head. Fairly light bodied with vanilla and a slight tartness. Lightly hopped and refreshing. I don't know what to compare it to but I think it is excellent.
kumite56 (469) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I liked this beer. Dry but malty. A refreshing and medium bodied beer. Dark brown with little noticable head. Taste of roasted grain (not burnt though).
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black as night, little head. Flavor was slightly roasty with some nutty/fruity notes. While the bottle claimed that this was neither a stout nor a porter, it sure seemed like a porter to me.
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like flat cola. Everything is subtle. I taste peanuts, fruit, malt flavors. Good head.
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This definitely has a much lighter flavor then appearance suggests! Excellent head and lacing with a cola color to it.
PorterPounder (5190) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
First impression was of a flavor of peanuts. Changed to a typical maltiness after that. Dark tea appearance - little to no head - slightly malty aroma - pleasant. Has a bit of a muted flavor - nothing realy sticks out - would make a good session ale in my opinion. Good mouthfeel - goes down smooth. First of many New Belgiums to come - cannot find them around Florida.
Aurelius (3890) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very interesting beer. After sampling a Coopers Extra Stout, this had a distinct peanut aroma and flavor to me. Dry malt, nutty flavor. Great cola appearance, bottle and label, light filmy head. Finishes ale-y and tart. Sufficient bittering of some sort, but not very hoppy. An unusual brew, with a session-weight body. 1554 is cruising for food.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extremely yummy. The perfect mixture of a cream stout and a porter.
A mellow roasted malty flavor with hints of vanilla and fruity sweetness, all the way through.