plummdumb99 (34) - USA - AUG 8, 2001
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
would be good if the after taste wasn’t so sweet
joet (2038) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 12, 2001
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Thin with a watery texture uncharacteristic of a beer of this type. Some chocolatey bitterness not wholly pleasant. I came in with high expectations was disappointed and retasted.
weeicemon (126) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAR 12, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
When I first tried this I thought it was kind of strange but then it grew on me. Somewhere between a stout and a porter. Well balanced with sweetness and bitterness there but not overly done. Excellent!
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2001
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
After a resample, it is still rather thin, and very sugary. The development of malt flavour leaves a lot to be desired. Like a Purkmistr, Jamtlands Heaven or Sprecher Black Bavarian.
Indra (2559) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 26, 2001
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2004 Malty, roasty aroma, like melted butter over slightly burnt whole-grain toast. Deep, dark mahogany in color, with a creamy, tan head. Flavor is sweet, bready and toffeeish, with hints of licorice and brown sugar. Finish is likewise sugary, almost syrupy. Was this really so sweet the last time I tried it? This is one of the few beers I've tried that actually benefits from being really cold.
Bov (8967) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 2, 2000
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2008 black coloured with a little beige foam; toasty with notes of ashes and black chocolate; fizzy and medium-bodied; long toasty aftertaste of ashes and cold coffee - a bit lactic
PhillyBeer2112 (2488) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2000
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2006 This one pisses me off! I remember first trying this some 10 years ago - a wonderful bittersweet chocolate, caramel-chocolate candy malt, with some spiciness that seemed a combination of the hops and fermentation characteristics. So what is the POS in my glass now? If I closed my eyes I could mistake it for swill lager, yet with a touch of carastan malt for a bare hint of chocolate-roast flavors. Semi-sweet finish. Sweeter up front with cheap tasting malts and corn. Still nice looking, a darkish red turning black.