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 (2158) - 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 (5196) - 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.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark brown, bordering on black. Thick, dense, frothy tan head. Strong malty sweetness with an immense roasty presence. Traditional ale maybe, Schwarzbier definately. I wish that this was more available to me. Very good beer.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Peppery and yeasty aroma. Dark muddy, amber/brown. Flavor is figgy, chocolate and dates. Nice yeasty flavor as well. Dry finish. A bit thin, but still quite good.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby color with minimal head. Aroma of chocolate, plum, and an underlying yeastiness. Bitter-sweet cocoa flavor with a hint of fig and a slightly spiced bitter finish.