Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown with no head. Aroma is alcohol, pinot noir type note, caramel. Taste is light caramel, light alcohol, plums. Doesn’t seem like 13% at all. Seems like it would have more depth also.
mnapier (10) - Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Judging Temperature, 50 degrees Farenheit. Glassware, 12oz Gobblet.
Appearance, fits the bill in the form of deep copper and dense with an immediate foam that quickly dies leaving little or no lace behind.
The nose is interesting in that it produces some plum and caramel notes, maybe a slight smoke, some alcohol.
Taking a sip there is noticeable alcohol, along with some slight smoke and plums, along with some caramel.
Mouthfeel is as expected in the form of strong but without any stickiness.
This Kulmbach will sneak up on ya and knock you out.
tiffanya (45) - Federal Way, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smell and flavor reminiscent of EKU 28: sweet caramel grains...only smoother, cleaner, and more refined. Incredibly well-hidden alcohol -- no alcohol flavor or warmth; the alcohol just comes up and settles on you before you notice. Can’t wait to try the next in the Grimm Brothers series!
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light, murky brown with no head. Sweet, almost spicy aroma. Lots of caramel sweetness in the taste. The alcohol is hidden insanely well. Quite smooth, and actually lacks much of a punch at all and the taste fades. Not sure how you make a 13% beer this light, but they did. I commend the effort, but really just don’t enjoy it all that much. Can’t see it getting much better with age either.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very little head from the quick pour, mousey brown color with a bit of haze. Caramelized grain aroma seems heavy and would flourish with a few minutes and degrees. I’m shocked that this is 13%. It has the smooth mouthfeel of less than half that, only at the distant finish is there any of that old wood varnish weight and sting. The first sip has a quick jab of milky caramel sweetness, disappears quickly into a clean finish, but creeps back into a bit of an epilogue of residual honeyed cereal notes.