StoutOrDeath (121) - USA - AUG 10, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Average. Nothing fancy. A little more flavor than a standard lager, but that’s about the best thing I can say about it. A little sweeter than I prefer for a dark beer. Nice head. Didn’t stick around too long, though.
Not too heavy.
zer0crew (119) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown, with hints of ... purple...? Lots of nice foamy head that quickly settles to a nice thin film. Aroma is of dark toasted malts. Flavor is also of toasted malts, but has some hints carmel too. Pretty robust and interesting to start with but it seems to peter out at the end. They after taste is a bit watery, for lack of a better word. Shows a tiny bit of lacing (just a few patches here and there). Mouthfeel is very moderate and seems appropriate. A much better brew than I was expecting. It’s actually quite good except for that watery finish/after taste.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap at the Capital Brewery tap room. pours darkish brown with a small white head. Nice nutty aroma and flavor. Very clean with little hops. Like most Capital beers, it is easy to drink but for a session beer, there are about 100 others I would rather quaff.
McKnizzle69 (89) - Machesney Park, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap at brewery: Sweet char malt\evergreen on smell. Dark mahogany appearance. Sweet, very smooth on palate. Nice carbonation. Very dry finish with some hops.
lagerman99 (66) - USA - DEC 6, 2001
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is pretty remarkable stuf - it has a small taste, but small and crisp and clean with decent dark malts pleasantly accented. Hints of cherry and vanilla. I like!
Goodfella (60) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Boltled- poured into frosty glass. Light to no head. Dark brownish in color. Oddly Smooth taste for a dark beer. Personaly, I’m not a big fan of dark beers but this beer was a quite enjoyable drink. Not too strong in hops, with a slight chocolate coffee aftertaste.
jonhall (58) - - JUL 2, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2012 Very dark with an earthy taste. Our original garden brau according to label. A lager not an ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
2.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good pizza beer. By itself, to one-dimensional for my taste. If you like Newcastle, and want to feel like you are branching out, try this.
dev (50) - Savannah, Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick long lasting foamy tan head with same color lace all the way down. Dark brown coca cola color.Tiny bubble carbonation. Smell of chocolate, yeast and banana. Moderate hop bitterness, chocolate, banana, semi sweet flavor. Alcohol presence unmistakable. Slight bitter aftertaste. Heavy and semi thick. Quite a different experience.
SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper color with thick slightly rocky head, smooth small-celled lacing. Smells of toasted hops and caramel. Velvety smooth, if a bit light in flavor. Caramel and malty notes appear as the beer warms in my glass. The head, though now thin, has lingered until the last drop. Moderately priced and supremely drinkable.