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.
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very smokey and dark quite good but I am usually a bigger fan of a sweeter style. It was not bitter though and went down great
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black pour with a lacing tan head. Aroma full of malt and some smoke. Pretty decent taste. Creamy. Smokey as well. Some dry malt of dry hops? First one of the style and overall not too bad.
egajdzis (5509) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark ruby color with a medium sized creamy tan head that left nice lacing. Malty, lagerish, sweet aroma and a roasted malt taste. Some caramel noted as well in the taste.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
transparent yet still pretty damn dark ruby-amber color...with a thin to almost non-existent head, tending to halo at the sides of the glass...malty, almost smokey aroma with big notes of barley, oats, and mostly a cereal-like thing going on...malty, toasty flavors mix with sweetness and vegitable squishiness..turning a dark burnt oaty, roasty, but disappointing road to one-dimensional sweetness...