jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A big surprise from Brazil, with a nice overall Porter-like taste. It has a hint of sweetness coupled with a slightly sour aftertaste. Very good overall (surprisingly).
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2003
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Yup! Its black!Its big!And its bad!I mean litteraly, bad!Damn thing is real sour.!Been a few years since i,ve had this. Seems that the last time i drank this it was fairly interesting.Last time i had it,it was in a bomber bottle.This one was a 12 oz,er.Oh well!
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Black in color with a small quickly disepating head. Smells like a roller rink or carpet. Medium to full body. Taste sweet and earthy. Taste like leather, horse saddle.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A deep dark brown color with a light tan lacing head. The aroma is horse blanket (brets) and very earthy. The taste is again earthy with wood notes and some spices.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very rich and pleasant nose of fruit and toasted malt, additional aroma of resin, alcohol, smoke and oats after brew breathes some. Pours black with ruby highlights. The thick light brown head is very creamy, lasts for a long while and has fair lacing. The flavor is balanced and somewhat subtle with a slightly bitter finish. The medium to full bod is oily and soft, and the finish feels metallic.
redlem (1295) - Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2009 I imagine traveling down the Amazon deep into the heart of the rainforest to find the lost city of gold, El Dorado. After weeks of paddling down tributary’s and hiking in the forest and coming up empty on a dead end trail. Battling caiman, jaguars, anacondas, and the dreaded fer-de-lance. Just when I think I can go no further, my food is running out, I spy a glimmer of gold through the canopy of leaves in the sunset I stumble onto a brick road made of gold. In the center of the city is a magnificent gold pyramid. As I climb up the steps dreaming of the riches at the top I can barely contain myself. I collapse at the top and on a pedestal sits a bottle. Confused and disgusted I pick up the bottle and take a drink and all my weariness and hunger is washed away with a black elixir. Upon further sipping, enlightenment, that the treasure of El Dorado is this black gold.
Faust54 (1) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2003 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An excellent beer that goes well with South American cuisine. Wonderful caramel taste with a satisfying biterness to offset its sweetness.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one is dark/black in color and pours with little heand and little to no lace. It smells sweet with hints of fruit. The taste is a mix of chocolate and coffee, but more chocolate than coffee. It has a strange and small bite, but it is not the normal alcoholic bite - I can't really describe it, but it was more enjoyable than the bite that a normal beer has.
JMerritt (1735) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black in color, red-brick colored head that drops after a few minutes. Smells ... strangely fruity (peach) and sugary. Pleasant, but totally not what I was expecting, based on the appearance. Flavor is of brown sugar and light malt. In retrospect, I almost feel as though I was drinking some thick, earthy juice instead of beer. Oddly, I find that appealing. I could see myself drinking this quite a bit, if it was easier to find around these parts.
ARMed (587) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very nice black stout with a great blend of malt and hops. A little overly sweet but also has a small amoutn of bitterness which is appealing to me. Just slightly too tangy. Chocolatey taste with a coffee sensation. Good lacing as well. Smooth beer that is lightly carbonated and easy to drink but just too sweet.