shadey (2174) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2004
The pour is a reddish brown with a tight bubbled creamy head that lasts. A very pretty beer. The aroma is of enticing malt character. Just smells great. The flavor is malty goodness with no bad aftertaste. I love having the foamy head stuck in my mustache too. Quite enjoyable. Aggie80 (832) - Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Banana notes in the background? An overall bitterness with some peculiar flavors to it that I couldn’t quite peg. Reasonable head and some lacing. Stood up well to a heavy dinner. kathouse (1942) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Ruddy brown color with a thin creamy foam. Smell of light hop, roasted malt, and some fruitiness. Medium mouthfeel. Not quite the roasted flavor I expected. Really sweet, even for my liking. Finish was extremely long with a mild bitterness. Didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Dark brownish black with thick tan head...sweet malty aroma with a touch of alcohol...a little fruity taste balanced very well by the hops...finish is very dry and a little bitter... 0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Bottled. Big, off-white head with nice lacing on top of a clear, garnet body. Aroma is like cabernet in it’s fruitiness and the alcohol, but add yeast like dough and sweet malts, some roasty character. Full bodied and rich, lots of soft carbonation with a wonderfully dry finish. Malty, but not sweet, fruity like grapes and a dry, hop (cascades) finish carrying with it fruit and this is so dry and crisp, yet full bodied. Some wood flavor, touch of toffee. Very interesting beer and it’s so dry throughout...
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 (18665) - 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 (5387) - 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.