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.
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown color, medium head. Has a fruity aroma, slight taste of raspberry on the nose. Maltyness is average, any hops taste is well-masked (I couldn't detect much of one.)
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a medium thin tan head, a lot of carbonation is present. Aroma and flavor of nuts, coffee, and caramel. The carbonation was a little off-putting.
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
weak head dark brown body. sweet, fruity, creamy, and nuty. mild carbonation.
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black or just really dark brown? Some really interesting nut flavors ... maybe some pine nut? Smells thick and malty. A good break from the typical lager. A good American Schwarzbier.
3fourths (8639) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2009 Close to cola-colored (that’s the best way to describe this one) while still letting a little light through. Good sized head. Smells and tastes like a good Belgian. RERATE NEEDED.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium to dark brown cola color with little head. Bready, cookie dough aroma on top of sweet caramel malt. Good complexity of flavors. Wonderful dark chocolate aftertaste crept up on me about ten seconds after swallowing. Light acidic presence toward the end, but not overwhelming. This was like eating chocolate chip cookies, a.k.a. this goes well with milk.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was puzzled. Belgian Style Black Ale, what the hell is that? Maybe like a Flanders Red? ... No more like a dark lager, or schwarzbier, with decent chocolate malt. Ok, but not what i was expecting.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
No real head. Light raisin, some plum and thin chocolate in the nose. Nearly nothing in the mouth. Faint flavor.