adrenalin112 (57) - Lake Forest, California, USA - SEP 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pour nicely with a quality head & dark brown body. The aroma is of a dark belgian; malty, sweet, & fruity. Once on the palate it comes on with notes of coffee, spice, malt & has roasted characteristics. But finishes like a much lighter ale. A must try.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pretty brown ale that pours with a nice, dense head. Reminds me of a stronger Newcastle Brown, with more caramel/chocolate flavors, and an interesting tang from the lager yeast.
jzzbassman (1530) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not my favorite of the New Belgiums, but it has its good points. Very drinkable, although a little thin. I'd drink again.
Terminus (3446) - 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 (958) - 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.