brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice dark lightly roasty ale. Somewhere between a porter and sweet stout in flavor, though light on aroma and body. A nice ale but one truly made for sipping as a dessert beer due to its sweetness.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m not sure how to rate this. It is just a nice interesting balck ale. Bitter raosted grains along with dark fruit. Slightly lactic yeast characteristics. Just nice.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - APR 26, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark but not very overpowering. Decent taste, very smooth mouthfeel. Not bad for an American.
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was presented this by a friend who said it was a porter (it is not). I was pleasantly surprised. Black in color, thick beige head. Roastly malt nose with hints of spice. Sweet malt start, full middle, roasty dry finish. A must try.
CourageBest (51) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A beer calendar I have called this the best bottled beer in America. I’ll have to disagree, although it wasn’t to bad. A bit roasted for my taste, but not as much as a porter. I enjoyed what I had, but wouldn’t buy it again.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As the label states, its neither a stout, nor a porter. A medium-bodied black ale that is very drinakable. For some reason, I was reminded of the old Michelob Dark commercial that used to say ’Don’t be afraid of the dark.’ As with the other New Belgium products I’ve tried, it has a very distinct spice to it and an enjoyable one at that. Very, and I do mean very, slight sweetness to it that gives way to the spice on the finish. I could see this being nice off the tap, but the bottle was very good.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
malty with super subtle chocolate aroma. Stout black. wierd malty taste, very nice, good feel.
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark molasses body with and ice cream float-like head. Sweet, medium toasted malting, quite an enjoyable Belgian Ale though more restrained than typical.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - MAR 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful color and aroma. And another great label from a great brewery.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reminds me of Asahi black, except a little bit thicker and creamier. Still not too heavy though, and it is true that it isn’t as good if ice cold.