motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 26, 2004
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
bottled. i must have been a real glutton for punishment as i kept tasting new belgian beers as though each bad one made me think i was getting closer to finding a good one. this was pretty black and had a bad homebrew stout and brown sugar aroma. some nasty tang there and powder chocolate. i dunno
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black ale? A new appellation for me, but after tasting, it’s more accurately a brown ale painted up in blackface, ...not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Dark brown in color, more reddish when seen through light. A full, frothy, creamy off-white head towers on top. Powerful aromatics waft out, fruity and floral, soft, sweet notes of toffee, cream, and nuts. Bold brace of hops jump on board the palate and carry through the finish. Excellent texture, chewy and substantial. Hops start to bow out, as they are muted by the full feeling of the powerful malt presence. Very satisfying, and a superior choice for a session ale. I have to wonder if they didn’t blacken this brew, which otherwise tastes like an excellent example of brown ale, to avoid comparison to the inferior Newcastle
DocLock (10000) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to BBB63 for this. Pours great ruby with big, creamy white head. Aroma of malt, fruit, corn flakes, merlot. Tastes malty, with chocoff, nuts, corn flakes, like liquid Wheaties with finishing fruit and a slight dry cognac flavor. Great stuff. Get one for yourself, and one for your mother
daniela (9) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 15, 2004 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
mmmm.. dark-roasted malt. smoked walnuts. burnt caramel. the thick dark bread my german momma sends me. substantial and sweet but not cloying. a mouthful of warm flavor that is still refreshing.
relies on the roasted malts rather than the hops for the bitter character.
jgentgesdo (692) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brownish-black with a nice tan head. Interesting smoky note to the nose that reminds me of nothing more than maple syrup, pancakes, and sausage. Fine chewy malts at the beginning give way to roasted malts later and a charcoal finish. The overall character reminds me of old style black bread. Very tasty.
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to SS for this one! Poured a dark, dark brown, light barely getting through. Small but persistent head. Aroma of baker’s chocolate. Flavor was also of bitter chocolate, hint of coffee, with a nice acidity as described. Highly enjoyable, very schwarzbier like in character. Perhaps not the most complex beer ever made, but it really hit the spot.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours reddish black with tan head. Soapy clean hop aroma, with some smokey malt undertones. Body is smooth, but thinner than what the color leads you too expect. Some astringency in the finish. Tastes of malt and fruity metalic esters. Burned toast. This seems pretty much like New Belgium’s Abbey Ale, with burned toast dunked in it. Not bad, but better sans toast.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew pours with a dark reddish-brown body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with a very slight woody note and a touch of candy sugar. The flavor is sweet and malty with a nice caramel/candy sugar note and a touch of wood. Medium to full bodied and smooth.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good! Bottle poured black with a smallish head and a light aroma of roasty chocolate.
Flavor of smoke and roasty nuts, sweet chocolate.good lacing..Very, very good and easy to drink ,should get better as it warms up.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep mahogany/red color with low co2, and a light brown rocky head. Lacing is sticky and head retention is low. Aroma is acerbic and malty with a metallic background. Tastes lightly sweet at the start, with dark fruits, caramel with a metallic dry finish. Palate is medium bodied, creamy and lightly effervescent. An enjoyable Belgian style ale. One of the better New Belgium brews.