stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a beer that I thought was so so when I first bought a six pack and nothing really too amazing. I was cleaning the brew closet and found a bottle (maybe 3 years old?) and thought I would check it out... Wow really different from the first time I tried. Very malty and smooth, with hints of coffee and chocolate. It almost reminded me of a malty schwarzbier or Dopple. Its finish was clean and smooth. Try this experiment and see what you think...lay it down...
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Looked like a Coke. Nice head to it. Had a nice rosty flavor to it. Almost a porter taste.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - JUN 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby color, slight aroma of fruit and coffee. Coffee, slight carmel and malt. Nice throw back, though not one of my favorite New Belgium brews.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a pour of black crimson, blood on the tracks; head was the color of unbleached flour. i was gasping for a cool beer and admit that i manhandled this one, choking down perhaps unduly some nuance and delicacy in the carnal pleasure of feeling it slip over my tongue-- which in great thirsty gusto was bucking like a bee-stung bronco. the effect was quite pleasing. even subject to more gulping than finessing, i picked up the moderately roasty coffee malts miming a natural history of grapes from adolescent plump concords to gummy raisins in noble rot. throw in a cherry too, please, a slightly sour bing. it's not hugely bodied, however. remember now, in 1554-- i recall that they had a double dip recession, economies were sluggish, the euro was down, consumer confidence was the pits,so it's not surprising that copying recipes from an era known for hardship and deprivation would yield a parsimonious product. rather thin, with rough carbonation, but no one twisted my arm to make me guzzle it after all. sweet, with minimal hop and bitterness.
dev (50) - Savannah, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cola color. Thick frothy tan head slowly diminishing. Tiny bubble carbonation.Thick mouthfeel. Creamy, thick, spicy, sweet, bitter. Lace all the way. This is not a favorite.
jazz88 (2625) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 18, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. A clear dark brown color with a brown head. A strong dark malts (almost sour), caramel, a little toasted, and bitter. A roasted malt flavor with a course texture and long aftertaste.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one is another one of the many great beers for which i owe mitch my thanks. It pours a slightly cloudy dark amber color with a heavy pearl and brown head mixture. The aroma is of yeast, bananas and some cloves...its very pleasant. The taste is super sweet and just mouthwatering with banana and sweet raisins tempting you and being backed up nicely with vanilla spice and a subtle hint of roasted coffee. The finish is very dry with a heavy espresso like finish thats faintly sweet. It almost has what would be described as a graham cracker finish. Very enticing beer, i want more of it.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown/ruby beer with a rather fizzy,off-white,head.Leaves a small ring.Good aroma of nuts,roast,toffee,caramel.Mouthfeel is silky,very fizzy.Medium bodied.Sweet malt flavors are nice,finish is crisp,ends sweet.Extremely drinkable.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark reddish brown, velvety tongue feel, Sweet maltiness. mediumm body, creamy. On draught
Diablokev (162) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is thick and malty. The appearance is a mid brownish/burgandy. The flavor has a bit of a coffee taste, and caramel. The beer is smooth and crisp. Overall not bad.