Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2001
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This has a black color, with a red hue as you hold it to the light. It definitely is not what I expected. I was expecting more of the sweet porter style flavors, but instead was greeted with a lighter-bodied smooth chocolatey flavor with slight hints of coffee and spice. Very delicious and surprisingly easy to drink considering its dark color. A very interesting and ’different’ brew.
liquidhedonism (128) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Aroma: roasty and malty, with hints of toffee, dates, vanilla, and leather. Taste/Palate: starts sweet and crisp, and finishes creamy and slightly dry and astringent. One of my favorites from that brewery!
julesjis (104) - Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12. Color is dark, looks very inviting! Flavor has a nice maltiness to it. Yet fairly smooth with just a slight astringent feel on the tip of my tongue. Finish is slightly sweet and velvety. Great beer!
johnnymusky (278) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solid showing...very tasty beer...:-)...........:-X......................
akoeninger (478) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From can around room temperature. Pours dark Amber brown. Thick tan head. Inviting chocolatey and toasted aroma. Hint of smoke in aroma and flavor. Rich malty, chocolate and smoke flavor. Smooth and creamy but not too heavy. Even at what is probably a bit warmer than it should be it still held up really well (went from open shelf in store to glass at home).
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tiarasummer (11) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pleasant, mellow malty profile, toffeeish, lightly roasty and sweet, with hints of molasses and bread, but with a very drinkable consistency. Needs to be a little warmer than most people realize for maximum flavor, though.
hman43 (386) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours with a tan head and dark amber in color. It has a smoky, chocolate aroma. There are also some basement aromas present as well. It has well defined smoke, chocolate flavors. It is mostly smooth on the palate.
Smurfe (7) - Prairieville, Louisiana, USA - NOV 8, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Toasty and chocolaty with a rich smooth flavor. It’s classed a dunkel but flavor wise leans to stout or porter. Very enjoyable beer.
Sarlacc83 (903) - Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. This one holds a special place in my heart as it was a college graduation beer in 2006.
A: Mahogany with an off-white head.
N: Cocoa, coffee, char, and toast. Biscuit and a hint of vanilla.
T: Very clean sweetness. Coffee bitterness.
M: Light body, fizzy carbonation, no alcohol presence.
O: A flavorful, clean lager with an appreciable ’stout’ quality. Compares favorably with Heater Allen Schwarzbier.
Weevo (40) - Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, pours black with a hint of red. Thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt continues thru to palate along with chocolate. Have had this on several occasions, every time I'm glad I did. Putting this on my favorites list.
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BREWMUSKCLES (2288) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
when you see the name NEW BELGIUM on the bottle or tap you can rest assured you are going to drink a brew that is going to satisfy even the most discriminating palate. these people know what they are doing.