Terminus (3371) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap-I think this is a fantastic beer! Very porter-eque, but none the less, a good brew. Aroma was full of roasted notes and spice. Appearance was crimson/opaque. flavor was full of coffee and roasted notes. the palate was medium bodied. good brew!!
fraternie (916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown body. Malty aroma. Fairly bland intial malt flavor, sweet and fruity flavors develop (raisin, grape, plum). Thin but smooth malty finish.
alanC (36) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber color. Pours wth a nice head. Good aroma of roasted malt and slight yeasty fruitiness. Roasted malt is evident in the flavor along with nice residual sweetness. Very little hops flavor or aroma.
A good beer
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2004 Draught and bottle sampled. Dark, frothy beige head and ruby-brown body. Aroma of toasted malts, nuts, and all-spice. Flavor also of nuts, malts, and some maple. Medium-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and decent carbonation.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown beer with a nice lacing. A coffee flavor with a nice bite on the palate. Slightly bitter finish. A very nice brew that is a little different.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted grain aroma. Small light brown head. Brown colored. Sweet but not overly so. Surprisingly light and dry on the palate given its color. Acidic finish.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark in color with a 1/4 inch head that detereates rather quickly. It had a roasted malt flavor with caramel and citrus. It's unique and worth trying.
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown/reddish hue, with a small creamy head and good lacing. Roasted malt, nutty, mild molasses, hint of coffee and chocolate, hint of sweet fruit (ripe blackberries perhaps?) and spice undertone in a nicely complex aroma. Smokey sweet with a interesting citrusy and spicy zing to it. A fruity black beer? Finish clean and dry. Lively mouthfeel and medium-bodied. Whatever the style of this beer (or maybe it's a style on it's own), I really liked it, highly recommended to all who want something different to break up the constant tasting of IPA's and Imperial Stouts. Very non-traditional. Thanks to TAR for picking up a sixer for me!
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another winner from New Belgium. I don't know what I should classify this as, maybe nothing. It's ridiculous to call this a "traditional ale", both because this is not, and because you could call Budweiser a "traditional ale". Anyway, nice red/brown color with a tan head. Nice burnt malty flavors come on first. Flavor is overall sweet but not overwhelming, and just lightly carbonated enough. Lighter than it looks and finishes nice and clean. Who cares what this is, really? It's outstanding.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Looking past the outstanding label, it gives off a dark glow of a creature in the night. But this beer is special. Roasted malt aroma follows through on a sweet, fruity, smokey, zesty palate. An intriging beer. What is it? A stark beer, black and tan, stout, porter, a light doppelbock? to me, a dominating well made beer. It's a beer I always come back to.