Fredis23 (515) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
A shade darker Copper, Good Head, Some Lacing. Same as others from sample pack, lacks flavor sharpness. Bland and subdued. Tastes Malty, Light Bitter and finishes little sour. Enjoyed it the least from this sample pack. Drinkable, but meh... Pass it....
queenholly (3035) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Bready yeast and barley malt aroma. Clear amber with a small white head. Bready yeast and barley malt flavor. Medium body. light carbonation.
shrubber85 (8120) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Lightly sweet barley malt aroma. Golden yellow with small head. Sweet caramel malt flavor. Nice clean lager but not really any typical bock characteristics.
starewich (164) - - NOV 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, almost opaque. Molasses, oatmeal, raisin, hint of walnut. Oily feel. Relatively sweet. Nice seasonal.
jonas (5882) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 7, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, just said ’winter ale’ on the label. Light oxidized roasted and fruity aroma. Dark brown, offwhite layer. Fullbodied, light oily mouthfeel - quite a bit residual sweetness, nutty, roast, herbal hop balance - not entirely harmonious IMO.
madvike (2984) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle - Deep mahogany pour with a thinnish tan head. Nose is moderately sweet, bready malt, with a bit of molasses and next to no hopping. Taste is watered-down sweet bread, muted toffee and raisin notes, and a mildly sweet malt finish. Ample carbonation fluffs up the body a bit, but it’s pretty slick and thin. About what I expected.
wlajwl (4134) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is malts, berries and an off note. The flavor is mild caramel malts, berries and a smooth finish.
patrick767 (3672) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
bottle - Pours dark amber with a small off-white head. It has minimal aroma. The flavor is very sweet with some caramel. It tastes off though. I’m not sure what it is about it. I don’t think it’s infected, but whatever’s going on, it’s not good. Thin. Odd. Meh.
Patrickctenchi (4266) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2012
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012 Cola coloured, fluffy tan head.
Ok, here’s where it gets strange...I looked at the other reviews and mine is in left field.....maybe a bad bottle....don’t know....here’s my take: Aroma is spice and Tomato...Taste is vaguely like a weak bloody mary mix....That’s what I got out of it....I’m going to try another just to check myself. Strangely, it wasn’t that bad. That’s my justification for the mid-range rating. I’ll get back to this.
TAKE 2: Different bottle, (of course) purchased at different location.....same result, maybe not as much tomatoe-zing, but it’s there. Other reviewers report iron and metallics, maybe that’s what’s throwing me off. I’m going to let this stand and try next winter’s offering.
Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An unoffensive and forgettable brew, but decent enough to drink. Minimal bitterness. Mild maltiness. Faint notes of raisins or prunes. A little too subtle for me.