willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite black on the pour with a medium sized and thick tanish head developing, I think (poured in a stein). Not much in the aroma department, pretty mellow despite the big head--some malts, typical New Belgium musk. The flavors are unexciting, but good. I found prune, raisin, and fig along with a lot of sweetness, bitter like molasses. Like other black beers, this one tastes and looks thick and sticky, but it is rather light and zingy. A bit of anise. This style confuses me.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured with a decent head. A dark amber if you hold the glass up to light. Sweet smell, can't really put words to it. First taste yields a black licorice taste with a sweet finish. I would love to have another one of these.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a big surprise. Pours a deep auburn/brown with minimal head. Smells of sugar and spice. Flavors are full and leave a dry taste on the toungue.
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark brown color. Not quite as blackas I would've expected. Tastes like licorice Malt flavor as well. Not much hop that I could sense. One of New Belgium's better Ales.
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My favorite dark beer starter. Pours with a great rich black hue and a creamy tan head. Rich dark malt aromas, hints of chocolate and vanilla, with a slight berry flavor. Drinks much lighter than it looks.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Decent white head with lacing throughout. Mostly dark brown color. Aromas of malt and roasted grains. Nicely balanced flavor with small acidic finish.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
very dry, really dark, some licorice flavors... nice and malty, pretty good.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 My least favorite of the New Belgium Ales. Beautiful black color, but not much of the traditional belgian characteristics that I’m used to from this brewer. I believe that this is a lager, so it may be in the wrong category here. More malt flavoring and a stronger yeast imparting would be an improvement here. UPDATE 10/7: I’m starting to appreciate this one more. caramel toffee finish and horehound candy notes. No aroma whatsoever.
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap at Brewery.
Dark Brown, opaque. Significant malt character with notes of licorice, molasses, and yet it seems fairly dry.
Nice tan head, lasts and lasts. Dry finish with faint hop support.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/14/04: bottle, from “santa-acrodizer”.
smoke and alcohol aroma. deep brown body with a fair amount of lacing. malty taste. as this beer warms the smoked flavor becomes more evident.