BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Brown with a small tan head. Light to medium bodied. Aroma is raisins, roasted malts, light chocolate, caramel, mild fruit. Tastes initiallly sweet, then there’s a bitterness & roasted malt combo that comes through. There’s also notes of milk chocolate, caramel, mild spicy notes coming from the yeast or hops. Slick on the palate, mild to light carbonation.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with a big tan head. Aroma of raisons, chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor of raisons and toffee.
argo0 (12858) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium tan head atop a clear ruby-brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, light metallic. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, roasty, raisin. Light-medium body with a bit of stickiness.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark burnt caramel body with a rocky tan head. Fruity malt aroma. Pleasing but plain. Medium sweet grainy/malty flavor. Light to medium bitterness, mainly it seems from roasted malts. Medium slightly watery body. Sweet and slighty bitter finish. Decent though forgettable.
JK (5594) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Much better than I expected. Aromas of raisins and dried fruit. Lots of sweet malt, but not so much as to make it hard to drink. Sour in the finish. Very easy to drink.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I may be totally wrong about the style here. The aroma has the earmarks of porter, but the texture is too light. Is it a bottom-fermented porter, so popular in the Baltics and Scandanavia, or a chocolately dunkel lager? I tossed a dart and guessed the latter, but I freely invite one and all to
correct that .
Creamy brown, sturdy head, atop a black body. Aromas of cocoa, nuts, almonds. Fresh nose, with a sweet, buttery tinge. Full body, low hops, very pleasant and mellow finish. Very malty, sweet, satisfying. Just wish I knew what it was.
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with amber highlights and a large frothy beige head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, toffee, and toasted malt. Roasted, sweet malt flavor.
DYCSoccer17 (3590) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 16, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Labelled as Topvar Dark Beer, I presume this is where it should go even though the picture does not look like my bottle at all. Slight sweet grassy slightly sour chocolate aroma. Mildly hazy ruby mahogany with an off white head that lingers. Quite hopped in the middle and finish. Roastiness in the very end after enduring some rubbery and metallic notes. Start isnt really bad with some nice licorice and chocolate malt notes. Significantly better than the last beer I had. (Klaster Dark)
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 27, 2004
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2004 Deep brown color which poured with big bubbles and a tan head. Aroma was mostly tinny. Taste was dates and caramel. I'd probably take a pass if offered another.
JPDIPSO (5381) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a small bubbly light tan head. Toasted grain and light chocolate aroma. Fairly skinny in feel. Flavor seem to take ome time to develop. The start is dry and wooklike, the middle is dry and watery, but the finish has roasted malt, peat, coffee and dark chocolate. A clean and quenching schwartz.