MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Date: 9/17/2010 Source:Other Caramel and caramel maltiness in aroma. Some spicy hop notes. Clear dark golden with little head. Flavor follows aroma with a metallic twang. Medium body and mouth feel. Finish is medium sweet clean and lightly spicy.
deanso (8285) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
30cl bottle in Bangkok.
Amber colour. A little sweet. Fairly drinkable.
Wolfbass (1077) - Firenze, ITALY - JAN 5, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Il colore è anche buono, con leggera schiuma. Ma al naso e in bocca, rimane davvero poco...
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this one bottled. Hazy, medium brownish pour topped with a one finger eggshell head and an earthy malty nose. Surprisingly grassy and vegetal, a little offputting. Muddy finish.
Jow (3270) - New York, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Kin Shop. Pours a deep brown with thick frothy head. taste is very malty and sweet with some roasted breadyness and hops. Paired well with the spicy thai food i was eating even though I realize this is Laotion.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
THOUGHTS: Not bad, but not great either. Surprisingly cloying. The hops in this one were pretty much just there to keep this from being nauseatingly sweet. It was a bit one sided, but it went down fairly easily.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, very dark, copper to dark, orangey bronze with nice carbonation and a large to huge, rocky, off-white head that mostly, but slowly diminished leaving excellent lacing. The aroma had a bit of dark bread; hints of chocolate and coffee; and metallic hops. The initial flavor was sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was rather to heavily sweet, lightly bitter and slightly sour with an average duration. There was caramel malt, a little roasted malt, hints of chocolate and coffee, slight metallic hops and some dark bread. The light to medium body was syrupy with rather fizzy carbonation and a fairly crisp and slightly astringent finish that get a little bit metallic as it warmed.
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear brown pour with a thin white head. Aroma is malty and a little sweet. Not much hop nose. Flavor is clean but sweet, mostly malt. Not bad with hot Thai food.
EithCubes (5458) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2010
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Very sweet, grassy nose. Dark chestnut pour with a rocky beige head. Medium slimy body. Taste is very bitter, some nutty and mildly chocolaty tones, a little girt and a lastingly dry boney aftertaste - not metallic or anything, but sort of vegetal and off. Still, enjoyed this with base food.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear brown with a quickly fading big white head, decent lacing.... Sweet malty aroma, smells sticky, not a hop presence at all... Flavor is not bad at all for what it is, not as sweet as it smells, a small touch of hops, decent flavor... Easy drinking, sweetness cuts the alcohol nicely...
JDBaker11058 (1790) - Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Appearance: actually pretty good-looking beer; dark clear amber with a big creamy head that lasts; lots of residual lacing. Aroma: for a darker beer, the nose was pretty peppery, with some pilsner-y notes up front and only a hint of the expected sweet malt. Taste: slightly bitter, spicy hops, a little funky tang on the back of the tongue, then just a bit of sweetness. Finish: long, slightly metallic and medicinal. Notes: Hmm…very nice to look at, and the palate was surprisingly nuanced: smooth and creamy yet good carbonation. Higher alcohol than you’d expect. They are clearly trying. However, the taste was a little to spicy/bitter for a darker lager. I would expect more sweetness. Not bad, but not great either.