WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice looking beer. Medium bodied and easy on the palate. Very creamy and richly flavored. Decent amount of roasted malts. Finishes with an anise/licorice flavor. Noticable chocolate and molasses flavors in the middle. This is a good beer as is, and I disagree with the others that it needs more flavor. It comes across in an original way and is okay as is.
Jayb0 (1183) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of the first non-BMC beers I ever had, roughly 18 years ago, at the sunset grill and tap, before it had *any* taps - old timers will remember, the younger crowd may not believe it. I finally tried it again the other night. A beer that helped lead me down the path of beer-hunting still proved interesting. Originally blowing me away with malt intensity now comes across my palate as well, balanced but still malt-forward, very creamy, with that mile anise bite. Very mellow.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An unoffensive beer. It tastes like the typical German Schwarzbier after which it is styled. Modest head, nice dark color. Clean tasting, the finish is omewhat lacking, flavors of chocolate and a little hint of maltiness.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very dark beer with a light tan head which lasted the whole beer. A faint spice aroma. Flavor is well balanced. Just the right amount of roasted malt flavor with a slight sweet finish. This is one smooth beer. I like it.
eatingbabies (1) - USA - NOV 18, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Creamy, mild, and very good. Very dark brown color, almost black. Head was tiny, dissipated quickly, and it’s flat.
thelandstander (45) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 15, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured a very dark brown. Very small, tan head, but good retention. Aroma of malts and coffee. Low carbonation. Flavor was a little underwhelming (much less than I expect from a black beer), but pleasant. Coffee and malt flavors with a nice finish. Good, but not great.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
pretty good, poured an opaque black body with a thin tan head which had great retention. aroma was malty with mainly a sweetness to it, but hints of roasted malts. Flavor was sweet with a uniquely bitter finish. it was a little light on the palate though.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pleasantly surprised by this. Pours an extremely dark, almost opaque brownish-black with a decent light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, a whiff of candy-like sweetness. Flavor is rich and malty, sweet with a dark earthiness to it. Enjoyable.
blankboy (7590) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a bubbly very dark brown, almost black, with an average size foamy light-brown head. Very mild aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and licorice -- it smells nice but it’s way too mild. The flavour of sweet and roasted malt is also much too mild, there just isn’t much there. Medium bodied. This would be a great beer if they would just increase the aroma and flavour but as it is it’s too bland, making this just mediocre.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours out a dark brown cola looking color, with a very slight ring of off white head around the brim of the glass. Nose is light on chocolate, roasted malt, and very slight sweetness. The sweetness gets a big old boost come tasting time though, and the chocolate turns more into cocoa powder than a milk chocolate bar. Goes down nice though. Not bad.