Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is VERY interesting. The comparison to a schwarzbier is a fair one: thin body and roasted notes are all over. The aroma is really nice; toasted bread is one key component. A little sweet (Yeah, Hennes, I agree with the raison), pretty clean finish, a tiny hint of pepper in the mouth.
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 12, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2003 A pretty tasty ale. Fairly thin but enjoyable. Love these beers from New Belgium Brewing Company.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 11, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Superb palate and appearance: Creamy and silky; Brown with ruby highlights with a thin head. The slight cocoa nose and muted flavor don't grab me though. Thanks Gusler!
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good enough for Oakes to rate twice and indeed it’s a fine brew - reminds me of March because it’s then that we maple syrupers sample our lastest batches against years past. yes, there is a maple syrup soul to this stuff in with the raison and coffee action.
omhper (19327) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black as coal. Dry and rather plain. Smooth, but not very complex.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like most beers that call themselves a ’black ale’, this beer is no exception. Reminded me of an Abita Turbodog....thick, foamy beige head, the taste was sweet and fruity, yet burnt and roasted all at once....pleasant, dry finish.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is very dark, like a schwarzbier. It has a hint of Belgian malt aroma and flavor. It’s not as thick as it looks. I can’t get overly excited about this one.
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.