Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark black with amber edges, nice frothy head and some lace. Roast malts in the nose and small fruits. More roast malts in the flavor, some fruit. Smooth finish, slightly carbonate. Good ale.
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2003 Excellent inviting aroma, head dissapates quickly. not opaque but more of a very dark brown, (is there such a thing as light black)? roasty flavor giving way to toffee/vanilla tones with underlying fruitiness, slightly bitter aftertaste. Interesing drinkable beer as a stand alone and would compliment heavy beef dishes as well.
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
When poured, this beer makes a decent head, and has a dark color. The aroma is pleasant. It is very smooth and feels nice on the palate. It has a wonderful sweet, malty flavor. This is a definite must.
adrenalin112 (57) - Lake Forest, California, USA - SEP 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pour nicely with a quality head & dark brown body. The aroma is of a dark belgian; malty, sweet, & fruity. Once on the palate it comes on with notes of coffee, spice, malt & has roasted characteristics. But finishes like a much lighter ale. A must try.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pretty brown ale that pours with a nice, dense head. Reminds me of a stronger Newcastle Brown, with more caramel/chocolate flavors, and an interesting tang from the lager yeast.
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not my favorite of the New Belgiums, but it has its good points. Very drinkable, although a little thin. I'd drink again.
Terminus (3242) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap-I think this is a fantastic beer! Very porter-eque, but none the less, a good brew. Aroma was full of roasted notes and spice. Appearance was crimson/opaque. flavor was full of coffee and roasted notes. the palate was medium bodied. good brew!!
fraternie (820) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown body. Malty aroma. Fairly bland intial malt flavor, sweet and fruity flavors develop (raisin, grape, plum). Thin but smooth malty finish.
alanC (36) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber color. Pours wth a nice head. Good aroma of roasted malt and slight yeasty fruitiness. Roasted malt is evident in the flavor along with nice residual sweetness. Very little hops flavor or aroma.
A good beer
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2004 Draught and bottle sampled. Dark, frothy beige head and ruby-brown body. Aroma of toasted malts, nuts, and all-spice. Flavor also of nuts, malts, and some maple. Medium-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and decent carbonation.