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.
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.
jonhall (57) - - 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
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.
amc3000 (47) - alhambra, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma is a clean sweet almost peaty malt.
taste is above average with no off flavors and nice malt/hop balance.
this one goes down fast with not much aftertaste.
rogsiu (42) - Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not much aroma to speak of, just some caramel malt. Taste is mostly malt as well. Some caramel and maybe a touch of coffee. It is a smooth drinker, just not very much going on.
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norushjohnnie (19) - Sister Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, meaty brown head, smells like a whole lot of dark malts. Flavor is chocolate and caramel that’s well balanced by the hops. not the cleanest finish, but everything else about this beer is excellent.
megrut (9) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2009 does not count
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown with a good head. Wonderful lacing.
Aroma: The aroma really blossoms as it sits a couple minutes. Deep and malty, hints of raisin.
Flavor: Very malt forward beer with subtle hop balance. Raisin and plum fruitiness balance a pleasant bitterness. Lingering finish.
Mouthfeel: Clean, medium bodied beer. Goes down easy and before you know it, you’re ready for the next sip.
We had the pleasure of meeting head brewer Kirby Nelson at Steve’s Liqours, where he was promoting some winter beers and offering tastings. He’s a fantastically nice fellow, and a Zappa fan (he names all their fermenters after Zappa songs - pics coming). Having studied with a German lager master, this beer definitely plays to Kirby’s strong points. Highly recommended.