DocLock (9866) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep copper with medium off-white head and big carbonation bubbles. Aroma is caramel malt, hopcit, dark fruit, hops, nuts. Tastes very caramelly, withy some figgy and nutty and toffee elements at mid palate and at the finish. The finale gets extremely caramelly, perhaps moreso than any other beer I’ve ever had. This beer is very complex and well balanced, and as with other Ayinger beers, it is exceptional in quality.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burgundy color. Light malt nose with hints of plums and berries, along with caramel. It’s quite dry as well. Palate is round and complex, smoky, and full of rich malt flavors (caramel, toffee, fruit) along with hints of vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel, yet slightly watery texture.
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark amber color, almost brown. The head was a slight tan frothy, creamy one. Great taste, very smooth with an a hint of caramel in the taste. Slightly roasty nose and taste. Very good I would try this again anyday.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2006 Rich caramel aroma. Really quite sweet in terms of initial flavors. Dense, bready malts with some chocolate and a bit of coffee and smoke towards the finish. Great stuff, one of my favorite brews from Ayinger.
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma was of malts and licorice. Dark amber body with small head that settled to a thin layer on top of beer. Cherry fruit flavor that was also rich. Left fruty aftertaste on the palate which was good. Decent beer.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Ayinger bräuhaus München. Dark red brown colour with a medium off-white head. Light sweet malty nutty aroma and a sweet caramel nutty taste. Medium body and a sweet light dry finish.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very clear rustic orangey-brown color with a beautiful spongey medium sized cap of densely built, organic egg shell colored froth. Settles down to a firm skim with some buttery bubbles. Lacing coats well in strings.
Aroma has a well rounded nuttyness to it backed by some fresh baked wheat bread that has a slight toasty edge. Clean and inviting with a peculiar softness to its waft that grows a bit in strength as it warms.
Taste is easy goin’ and clean with a nice softness to its overall character thats enticingly unique yet very Ayinger-like. Something about the combo of flavors and carbonation makes for a very pleasant experience bringing a nutty wheat bread grain that sits remarkably clean and well rounded. Fluffy and delicate in nature, yet just enough boldness in the flavors to raise the eyebrows more then once. Notes of dusted cocoa and smokeyish sweet malt play with touches of caramel. Bread tones dominate taste, form, and function with this one though.
Feel is wonderfully soft and bready, warm bready is more like it; great, delicately precise carbonation with a semi-light chewyness to its bready nature.
I liked everything about this beer. Its not a brute by any means in huge amounts of aroma and flavor. But whats there sets perfectly for what it is, its very natural tasting and feeling. The bread tones in all its characteristics are just right. A fantastic brew and sessionable to boot. Love those Munich malts! Mmmm...fresh breads...
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber with a bug head that settled pretty quickly. Awesome aroma of Munich malts and chocolate. The syrupy body is full of rich tastes (mostly sweet). Could use some more hoppiness.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the 0.5L bottle at the Huber Haus. Pours a very dark brown color with a vividly white foamy head. Aroma is a roasted coffee-like smell. This dunkel is medium in body for the style with a great roasted malt flavor. Has that slightly medicine-like taste of an Alt. Very good.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - APR 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Beautiful pour...thick rocky head, frantic craze of carbonation, beauty of a wooden brown color. Smells nice & malty w/ a light mix of fruit and nuts...Malty, nutty flavor is smooth & slightly sweet...body is light, making for a very tasty session beer. I think Ayinger might be one of my favorite German breweries.