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.
RogerBurks (45) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very concentrated and complex flavors. It nearly has a wine-like quality. - maybe like a port. There’s a nice sweet-roasty intensity to it, with flourishes of spice. A wonderful initial flavor and a palate to savor. Great maltiness, but so much more. One of my new favorites.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown in color,small off white head that faded quickly leaving little behind.Malty light caramel aroma with maybe a touch of hops in it.Nice malty flavor with a bit of chocolate,roasty with a slight hop bitterness at the tail end of the tasteing.I guess i don’t see where the acidity comes into play.it seems quite smooth and easy drinking with a nice amount of carbonation to help make the flavors dance on your tongue.I have to agree with Grat, it does have some Schwarzbier qualities.Over all a pretty decent brew.Thanks go to Falconseye for sending this brew my way.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2005 This beer is really interesting. Pours a lovely black and garnet color with anice tan head. Nose is of cinnamon, chocolate, roastiness, and a nice dry smoked pepper sort of aroma. on the tongue it almost tastes like a schwarz beer however the mouthfeel is much more generous than a typical black lager. Notes of, roasted pepper, dry roasted fennel, and deep rich vanilla. Not bad not great had better.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle-In the vaults of HI International. I kept buying New Belgium beers in the US, and i was always dissapointed. Typically soft, with no guts and no interesting flavours. Light Belgian yeast character, some chocolate and orange. Inofensive, and just plain boring.
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cola like color, no head. Toasted malt aroma. Thin but tastes thick. Flavor of dried fruit and wood.
Kevin (2122) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap. Black with almost no head. malt chocolate aroma that was muted. tatste is malty with a slight acidity from the hops. finish is toffee. not a bad beer.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2006 The 1st time I tried this beer I was not impressed. After giving it a 2nd chance I found it rather tasty. Has a nice roasted oak smell. Has a sweek oak taste with spices. Not something I would start my night with, but pretty good once you have had a few beers beforehand.
Re-rate flavor: Some roasted notes, toasted bread, slight chocolate. Overall solid body, but still slightly watery.
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Above average. I wouldn’t have ordered it if I didn’t need it for my Old Chicago World Beer Tour, but I’m glad I did. I was pleasantly surprised.
heemer77 (5148) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 13, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 The body poured from the bottle as black but shows a dark ruby when held to light. The head is a dark khaki. The aroma is nutty with some light roasted coffee and a hint of chocolate. The taste is smooth coffee with a hint of sweet honey. There is also some peaches. I am still not a fan, but not as bad as I remember. original rating follows. On tap at the Ginger Man in Dallas. Aorma was slightly sweet with oak. The taste was bubblegum with a nasty finish. Also had peaches and tobacco. A strange combination.