harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer was really just absolutely amazing. I liked it alot. A very smooth and soothing flavor that is rich and malty, yet mildly compex and has a great full mouthfeel. A very dark auburn pour, with a huge frothy head. The aroma is lightly smoky and peppery, but it does not really shine through in the flavor. Other than that the commerical description really rounds out what I have to say about it. Indeed, it is beautifully balanced.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer will forever exist as a milestone in my book. My father, a judge, has always tried to equate beer with criminalism, but with this beer he has finally given in and sat back and chilled the fuck out. Other than the obvious social implecations this has for me, it was a rather interesting yet modest beer. The complex malt has a definite sweet nature, but yields to a smokiness that is quite nice. Although a very attractive beer it falls a tad short in the aroma department (a tad sour) and has a decent mouthfeel, although it may be a touch to thin.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark-reddish amber appearance. Very rich with strong presence of chocolatey malts. The commercial description is dead-on with the hint of plummy fruitiness in the finish, and I found this to be very attractive. Full-bodied with a satisfying mouthfeel.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber in color with a lumpy beige head. Aroma was of caramel and raisin....notes of tobacco too. Taste was much the same, a little meatiness with some coffee in the finish.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper orange color with thick, lightly lacing tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt. Lightly hopped body has toffee and chocolate undertones. Well rounded and full-bodied, but a little musty tasting.
guzzler67 (1538) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper appearance with an attractive, off-white head. Roasted malt, chocolate, toffee aroma. Complex taste, with alternating flavors of spices, coffee, chocolate and fruit. Very smooth. Pleasant aftertaste.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear red/brown with a tannish head. Cleen hoppy, grassy, Saaz-y nose with a nice touch of caramel. Lightly sweet, bready malt flavors with hints of chocolate. Decent hop kick at the end. Those boys in Aying seem to know their lager from a hole in the ground...
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber, tight tan head. Aroma of roasted malt. Sweet malty flavor with dry and bitter finish. Medium body, clean feeling. Quite tasty.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was served in a short squat stoneware mug, so I never got a chance to evaluate the color. It had a light tan head, with an aroma of malt along with a hint of alcohol. The taste was a bit dry, and because it started out cold was not as malty as I would have liked. The dunkel as it warmed up began to release a malty sweetness to my flavor receptacles. At first when cold the predominant taste was in the finish, it was one of bitterness from the hops. When warmed the maltiness balance out and in fact dominated the previous bitter hoppiness. I detected a hint of raisin, some caramelized breadiness. Quite clean as a lager should be, no fruitiness. The malt flavor was not sweet more of a cracker/ breadiness to it.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red-amber color, off-white head, and lively carbonation. Toasty malted candy aroma and a hint of sweet yams. Wheaty malt and plum fruit flavors. Some residual sweetness. Palate is somewhat fizzy but smooth. A solid beer but lacking in depth.