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.
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.