IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured reddish-brown with an off-white head that left a thin lacing on the glass. Faint spicy aroma. Tasted rather thin, with some roasted malt. A rather unpleasant soy sauce character is evident. One of the poorest selections I’ve had from Ayinger.
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fizzy and mellow. That about sums it up for me. It sizzles on the tongue, but the flavor is mellow to the point where nothing really stands out. Good enough, but for the price there are many better.
walleye (1072) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
from the bottle. poured a nice mahogany with a noce fluffy light tan head. aroma, roasted nuts, caramel, honey, toffee, raisins, and a hint of hops.flavor,malts,honey, dark fruits, plums, nutty, a nice smooth mouthfeel. enjoyed this beer will buy more
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice deep amber/light brown color and a kick ass off white head which lasts throughout hte beer. Great smooth nutty and toasted aromas with lots of malt and jsut a touch of hops. Flavoris nutty, doughy, bready and malty- crystal, brown and chocolate malts. Very smooth mouthfeel and finish. Very quafable.
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2005 Pours a very dark brown with a few red highlights. A large off-whte head tops this. The aroma is cooked carrots with some bread crust. Also has a touch of chocolate and raisins. The flavor is a nice fruity mix of raisins and some light chocolate. It also has a touch of carrots. A fairly light mouthfeel. Another solid entry from Ayinger.
flemdawg (539) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber in color with a fluffy tan head. Plums first in the aroma with malts and carmel, also rasins. Very malty taste, but also got dark dried fruits. A bit of a woody finish. Very smooth, but maybe a bit watery for my tastes right now. Drinkable, and tasty.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brownish red color. Huge initial head that dissipated quickly. Smooth and tasty. Coffee with sweetness, though also light on flavor. Lacks the confusing flavor of the only other dunkel I had that made it hard to rate. This one is a good beer overall. And it gets better as it gets warmer.
CBCPaleAle (73) - Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This isn’t one of my favorite styles, but this version is pretty good. Dark copper/ruby color, minimal head. High malt presence, pretty light on the hops. However, there is enough hops here to tone down the sweetness of the malt. Really nice balnce here.
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Gorgeous crystal clear mahogany color, thin quick tan head. Malty, but not heavy, Well balanced bittering hops, tepid flavor and aroma hops. Nice clean finish. Tasty brew in lieu of the Fest-Marzen. Solid beer.
IndianaRed (2726) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Pours a medium mahogany with a nice foamy light tan head. Aroma is of dark malts mostly. Flavor is of wod barrels malts, and a slightly sour taste with not much hops.
Good body and smooth feel. Moderate carbonation. Woody, slightly chalky finish.