3fourths (8038) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rotten vegetable aroma that is so common in this style. Mellow and almost-numbing palate, soft flavors of smoke, steak and milk.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours out black, just like the bottle indicated. Aroma was malty with hints of sourdough bread. Large tan head with noticeable lacing. Flavor was malt, almonds and hints of toffee. Somewhat thin on the palette with a medium dry finish. The bottle didn’t indicate what style of beer this was so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Overall I would classify this one as a porter. Sampled on 2/21/04 at Rodo Viva in Temecula, CA.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Visually appealing with dark, reddish brown body and frothy tan head. After that? Nothing. Aroma and flavor nondescript. Look at it but don't drink it.
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - FEB 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black beauty. Aroma was malty and bready. Flavor was malty, bready, slightly sweet and burnt. This was good stuff... will drink again.
Blockhead (11) - USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kind of confusing. You expect a stout flavor given the color, but that's not at all what this style is about. Frankly, I am still confused. It is more like a not-so-sweet, very dark brandywine. A little more hoppiness than a stout, but still pretty flat. Clearly some strange flavors that I did not have a much of a chance to really pin-point, but over all a decent beer.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a nice tan head. The aroma is flat. Perhaps a bit of chocolate and dark fruits. Medium bodied mouthfeel. A bit bland but malty and mildly sweet. Slight hoppy finish. This was an interesting beer. I think mainly because of where it's from. Overall it wasn't that bad, although it wasn't very complex.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2004
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a beautiful black color but first taste that hit me was vinegar? Could I've gotten a bad batch? I'll have to re rate at a later date.
SpringsLicker (3145) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was surprisingly good. I didn't figure Brazil to be a brewing Mecca but they at least have one drinkable beer. I'd like to do a side by side with a Blackened Voodoo and a Kostritzer.
MrDick (347) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
One of the two decent beers that is mass marketed in Brazil (the other being Caracu) that deviates from the standard pilsner forumla sold everywhere in Brazil. Pours pitch black but tastes a bit bland. Malty caramel with hints of coffee bitterness. I was hoping for a bit more flavor from the black silk of Brazil.
BeerandBlues2 (9701) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2003
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black though not totally opaque. Head dissipates quickly. Aroma of wine and hops and can somewhat get the anise notes that are talked about. Starts sweet then goes bitter, though not overpowering. Creamy, silky palate with a smooth finish.