OldMrCrow (2033) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2007 Bomber.
Pours a caramel brown with a nice off-white head. The aroma is lemony, some caramel and just a hint of orange peel and plenty of bready yeast. The flavor is doughy, gently sweet, a bit hollow (again, that funny "forgot-to-put-salt-in-the-pasta-water" taste -- how should I be describing this?), crisply bitter on the finish but with a rather unpleasant vegetal twist.
This is just fine as accompaniment to dinner tonight but I doubt that I would seek it out again.
Oakes (13065) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2007 Orangey-amber colour. Complex toasty, bready aroma. Moderate caramel body. Toasty finish. The flavour lets down a bit after the great aroma but I suppose that’s the smoothness making its statement. Another quality lager from Alpine. 8-4-6-3-13=3.4
Re-rate at GCBF ’07 pulled more malt flavours of a sweet, biscuity variety, a fresh breadcrust aroma and a higher score of 4-8-8-4-17=4.1 Score listed is an amalgam.
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber colour. small head that fades quickly. light malty nose. mild carmel malt taste with slight hop finish.
ClarkVV (3902) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2004 draught. Pours a light orange with some dark yellows. Strangely, the colors separate and you’ve got lots of yellow on the top and edges and it looks like orange food coloring added in the middle. No head. Smells musty and old, with nutty, lightly bitter hops and malt. Flavor is sweet and caramelly, with a light hops bitterness. Doughy and medium full bodied, it’s quite full on the flavor, it just gets a bit boring. I didnt find my sample watery though. Low carbonation.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Spring Beer Festival in Seattle. Amber colored. Offering a sweet malt aroma. Nothing exciting about this beer. Bland and watery. With some hints of sweet maple and malt for flavors.
BillKismet (3407) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2003 Amber and highly carbonated for a marzen. Small malting and diffuse bland hops. Balanced?--probably--but a rather insipid offering.