Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black color, as you probably would have guessed. Nice sized head, with a cream color to it. Kind of a roasted coffeeish smell. The taste doesn’t have as much coffee in it as I’d expected, although it is certainly present. I’m tasting quite a bit of smoke, and a little caramel/chocolate too. A good blend of flavors, without being too complex. Nice creamy body. Very enjoyable beer.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very interesting - very vegetative, as in mushrooms and fermenting corn. Lots of peanut too. Things I have never tasted in a beer before, thats for sure. Coffee, yeast as well. Unique, I liked it.
dflip (27) - USA - JAN 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice, dark color. Flavors of coffee & roasted malts with hints of chocolate. Very Good.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice malt profile: roasted grains, bitter chocolate, coffee. Very bold and solid beer--enjoyable.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark ruby, approaching almost black. Thin, creamy head and lace. Nose of roasted barley, bakers chocolate, coffee grounds, walnuts and others. Thin to medium bodied. Nice black malty twangs with addicitng coffee like roastiness, underlying caramel sweetness, walnuts, subtle chocolate and more. A bit dry in finish and a nice lingering finish. Worth a stab if your a fan of the style. Missing something to really catapult it IMO.
Andrew196 (1204) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very good attempt at the style! Not as carbonated as I would have liked though. The flavor kicked ass! Sweet, roasted malts, chocolate flavor...sort of thin in the body considering the bold flavors it had, but it all came together to make a great tasting beer.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice brew,long lasting tan head with a malty,coffee aroma the same in the flavor with a slight hint of chocolate nice finish with a coffee aftertaste,nice brew.
Sixpack595 (13) - USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice beer.Head is solid and tan, but thin and dissipates fairly quickly. Color is a deep red appearing black untill held up to the lights. Very drinkable, with strong chocolate and coffee flavors.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2004 Deep black, some neat legs near the glass. Head left me too quickly, but nice while it remained. Well roasted nose with creamy malts behind it. good balance and character. Hints of smokiness, lots of roasted barley. Hints of chocolate and caramel sweetness. Really a great bier!!!!! Full body, great mouthfeel and a beautiful presentation.
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great, smooth body. Hints of caramel for sure with a touch of coffee and no chocolate. A little unbalanced towards the sweet side.