urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is inviting. Lots of charcoal grill flavor with restrained sweetness at the beginning. As I work my way through the glass, I get some nice vegetal notes, finishing grainy dry. Very nice light fruit and hop flavor show up at the end. Complex dark malt and spice hop aroma throughout. Excellent. Huge thanks to Howie.
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jfishback13 (273) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark lager.. nice, rich lager... the darkest I've ever had. Great mouthfeel, darn near like that of a stout, but even smoother. yum
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, Dark brown. . .just kidding, it's black. Strange hoppy aroma, sort of sugary and chocolatey. . . lingering bitter taste, slightly spicy . . .a most interesting selection.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Surprize, it’s black. There’s also a touch of red and no head. Sweet chocolate, anise, coffee and nut. The lightest touch of hops in the finish to round this beer out.
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.