21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Dark black, Jessie Jackson couldn't handle how dark this is. Licorice smell combined with muchas alcohol fills the air immediatley. An extremely smooth taste to it, kind of like a brandy, somewhat fruity hops, like blackberry's, fig, raisons. Really fucked up taste, yet extremely smooth. Like a bad girl it doesn't give much head. Weird brew here, yet respectable. I would have it again, but would love to have it off the tapper. WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
Very high hopes led to a less than desirable drinking experience. I had hoped for a lot more from this one... Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Deep black, with scant beige/tan head. Quite roasty, with dark chocolate notes and slight bitterness. There's much less fruitiness than I expected, but here in the USA elderberries are unfamiliar, so I suppose I didn't know what to look for. Nice and full-bodied. Crit (3973) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2003
Black,fast fading tan head. Good roasted,chocolate nose.
Bland vaguely fruity,lightly roasted taste Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2003
Very dark beer with a small head. Spicy, flowery, roasted aroma and taste. Light bitter finish.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2003
Didn't taste much, just hints of berry and perhaps chocolate and smoke. vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2003
Has a roasted fruity smell and a black, black color. Taste is roasted and finishes with a fruity bitterness. Overall not bad, but not my favorite. jefyou (39) - Menlo Park, California, USA - JAN 16, 2003
User "dhurtubise" hit the nail on the head when he said "A bit of a cross between an english porter and a scotch ale. Quite roasty and reasonably complex with a relatively thin body, with roasted malts and a little bit of smoked peat smoothing out the profile. Some berry character can be detected, mostly in the aroma. Rich roasted malt finish with guiness like bitter finish." I will add that the Elderberry is very subtle and there is very little head accompanied by a decent amount of carbonation. dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2003
A bit of a cross between an english porter and a scotch ale. Quite roasty and reasonably complex with a relatively thin body, with roasted malts and a little bit of smoked peat smoothing out the profile. Some berry character can be detected, mostly in the aroma. Rich roasted malt finish with guiness like bitter finish. jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2003
Aroma was a little off putting at first but did not resemble the taste. Nice roasted quality to it with a unique fruity finish. I didn’t expect much from this brew because it seemed like a gimmick and maybe that is why it impressed me. I was pleasantly suprised at how well the roasted malty flavor and fruit mixed together. I would drink it much more often it it was not three dollars a bottle.