WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle procured @ Chevy Chase Wine and Liquor in DC. blank where the batch number should be, so who knows. Pours a pretty orange copper with a 1 finger tan head. The nose is both nutty and sweet and nicely inviting. Taste is a bit too bitter and one dimensional for me. Overall not terrible but I’m not going to run for this any time soon.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Capone’s...
Appears a transparent copper with a small, off-white head that quickly fades into a film and collar. Small spots of lacing are left around the glass. Steady streams of CO2 rise to the top.
Smell is of sourdough, toffee, raisins, light dough, fresh grains, gentle fruity sweetness.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas but it seems to drop off slightly from the enticing scents.
Mouthfeel is sweet up front, medium bodied, doughy, and semi-dry
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I honestly didn’t get much out of this, which is a big bummer because you know Bell’s can brew a top-notch O-fest if they wanted. What we got instead was a rather plain and simple amber ale-like lager. Nose is straightforward caramel malt, with some subtle notes of hay and squash, but not nearly pronounced enough for my tastes. Flavor also seems toned down, with only light hints of squash and dried hay, and mostly just a simple, straightforward malt bill. Maple, honey, hay, and I’m really stretching to even mention these flavors, since it seems very pale, empty and simple. Watery on the tongue, and overall a very disappointing experience.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours clear amber with filmy head and light lacing. caramel malty aroma. Grain, citrus and hops. finish’s clean. good but nothing spectacular
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From 12 -oz bottle shared with scluffman. Pours a light coppery amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that leaves behind a fine film, ring and some spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some flowery hops and last summer’s sweet corn husk. Taste is medium to full bodied, very light carbonation with a watery multi grain and flowery citrus flavor. Finish is slightly slick, dry multi-grain malt flavor with a lingering old cellar taste.
scluffman (16) - Excelsior, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light copper color with a light beige head that turned thin with some lacing. The aroma was straight corn/corn husk (I couldn’t catch anything else.) Flavor shows a surprising lack of malty character one expects from a Marzen. Finish was drying that included a roasted graininess to it. The palate was pleasing with modest carbonation.
egajdzis (5290) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, nuts, bread, and a bit of toffee. Taste was nuts, and caramel malts, more toasty dough, and a bit of citrus hops in the finish.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Barleys Smokehouse. Pours a rich golden color with a thin white head. Aroma is caramel malts, some nuttiness, peppery notes. Flavor is sweet toasted malts, some herbal notes, some dough. Palate is medium bodied, medium to mild carbonation finishes somewhat sweet. Decent stuff, nothing to actively seek out, but a decent example of the style.
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours an orange and bronze color with almost zero head that’s gone in seconds. Aroma is weak with malt and spices. Taste is more of the same with some yeast and sourdough finishing with an unpleasantly bitter metallic tingle. A very disappointing showing from one of my favorite breweries.
Ughsmash (7121) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, Batch #8038. Poured a clear, brilliant medium orange with a short cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up sweet toasted caramel and mild nutty notes with some spices, some mild detergent, and some almost spruce-like hoppage... quite odd. Flavor had a sweet, toasted caramel base with some bready notes.. spritzy, mildly bitter herbal and medicinal presence.. sweet again and quite enjoyable at the finsh. Light-medium bodied with a decent flow. Solid beer, but nothing special.