RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2004 500ml Bottle. Deep, dark brown/black in colour, with a small white head. Roasty aroma, with a roasty flavour. Also hints of banana, and some other fruits. Strange, unusual taste. A good beer. mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Very drinkable ale. I could easily make this the focus of a night out. I normally like stronger ales but this has a unique flavor (I’m guessing hence the name, right?) Not too hoppy either which is good as I’m not a huge hops fan. TBone (18227) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2004
Bottled (BB 03/2005)tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Very dark copper brown with foamy off-white head. Very mild, a bit sweet aroma. Mouthfeel is slightly watery with roasted malts and hop bitterness. Like a British version of dunkel.
This is a nice beer -- dark brown with ruby edges. Basically no head. Malty, molasses aroma, kind of roasty. The taste is of dark fruits and malts. Little hops. This is decent but I won’t buy it again. badgerben (5328) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Dark brown, almost black color yet semi-clear. Little head. The aroma is a bit malty with a touch of wood. The taste has some oak along with mild fruit, oddly enough. The mouthfeel is pretty thin. Not quite the umph I was expecting.
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2004
Smells like dirty socks and has a weak head. that said, a nice mouthfeel and a really good, interesting flavour with rich fruit and spice. Not bad at all. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Very sweet, grapey aroma. Sugary with some faint malt. Flavor is maltier than suggested by the aroma, with a clean resiny finish loomis (43) - Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2004 The first time I had this beer it wasn't that great. But I had heard wonderful things about this beer, so I gave it another shot, buying a six-pack from a different store across town which moved a lot more product. Well what do you know, quite different the second time around. Hints of coffee and caramel with an almost, but not quite cherry finish. Nice all around. Strong but not overly so. Stunning red color only adds to the experience. This beer is almost perfect. mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2004
Clear deep red-brown colour, yellow head. Nice aroma of black currants, dark toffee, treacle and diacetyl (in a good way.) Some "dark" aromas but nothing roasty at all. Malty but light enough to be quite drinkable, nice firm bitterness but kind of light in body. There must be a lot of caramel and darker but not roasted malts in this, as it’s quite dark and tastes "dark" without any suggestion of even chocolate malt - I really like that. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Reminded me of a strong brown porter. Nice deep brown with beige head. Lots of chocolate and brown malt in the aroma and flavor. Good body and sweet and long lasting mouthfeel. Seems like this should have been at least 7% with all the full flavors and big body. Very nice.