GeoDoc (34) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Lovely dark color with toasty aroma. Rich flavor with smooth finish that slides down easy. Suttree (6505) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Black, with hints of brown, and a tan head. Interesting aroma of cherry and burnt toast. Much more claean and drinkable than I thought - nice toasty flavors meld with citrus and cherry notes. Maybe like black lemonade? Thanks to Indana_Red for the trade! Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Thanks to JohnnyFlake for this one. Pours dark, dark brown with a nearly white head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, cigarettes and figs. Taste is of coffee and chocolate with some peppery notes, but it was hard to escape the odd cigarette smell coming from this one. This tasted like a cross between a rauchbier and an imperial stout without the nice fruity and dark chocolate elements. amalsugar (41) - Tremonton, Utah, USA - OCT 28, 2005
The color of this beer makes you expect something else, but when you taste it it is a rather light and refreshing flavor for how thick it appears. The malts and caramels are definately present. This is a great beer to have to relax after getting off work. JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - OCT 20, 2005
12 oz bottle - Pours black with a modest tan head that disapates in a few minutes, however, there is a nice light lacing that hangs around until the finish. Aroma is semi-sweet malt with naunces of yeast and coffee. Flavor is that of light coffee, burnt caramel and roasted nuts. The mouthfeel is pleasant and light, not too much fizz. The finish is semi-sweet and smooth, not too dry. This is very nice, easy drinking beer that is not too filling and has plenty of flavors to offer.
Silenus (14) - Savannah, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2005
This ales pours a beautiful black with a very fine carbonation and a caramel head. It has strong coffee and caramel flavors and a mouthfeel that liberally coats the tongue. It also has a surprisingly refreshing taste. From the look, you’d think it would have a strong alcohol bite but it has a very balanced flavor. I also love the story behind its creation. Definitely one of the collection. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Sweet musty, malt aroma. Dark brown with a thumb thick mocha head. Very porter-like in appearance. Full malt flavor in the fore. Some mild roastiness is present and there are, to me, some very porterish asspects except that this is sweeter and far maltier. Sort of a scwarzbier/porter mix. I get some mild molasses notes in the aftertaste. Very satisfying brew. Zamboni42 (10) - USA - OCT 10, 2005
Very nice beer. Looks like a stout, but this is a different animal. Very earthy and slightly sweet with plenty of coffee and chocolate, with a grounding of pumpernickel bread. Just think of the best "brown foods" combined into a delicous smooth beer. Lovely. pinkzambia (2073) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Bottle: Pours a black with mahogany tints when held up to the light. Gorgeous. It has a nice light borwn head that slowly diminishes. The aromas are dominated by rich, wheatty, oaky malts. All of this shows up in the flavors as well as a wonderful coffee taste. Overall, the flavors are sweet. The feel is nice and the taste and feel combined reminded me of a mild stout. This is a good beer if you are in the mood for something a little sweeter. brentfeesh (1216) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Sampled on tap at the brewery with several RateBeer guys. Charcoal brown/black, clear with a lightly frothy head. The aroma had charcoal, hints of fruit, and very light hops. Flavor was lightly fruity, malty (but easily so), burnt malt, and lightly warming alcohol. Body was very light with creamy hints. This was interesting and had some depth, but lacked something overall.