Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of dark fruit, some caramel, earthy. Tastes of some fruit, spice, caramel, toffee, chocolate.
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice simple dark beer, though not a lot to it. Poured from the bottle to a dark chocolate brown with medium thick tan head that lasted to mid-glass and left okay lacing. Aroma was a faint caramel toffee as was the flavor of this medium bodied. Finish was smooth and medium duration, but again left no distinguishing mark.
Kind of just ho-hum.
HonkeyBra (3282) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber brown pour with offwhite head. Aroma of toffee, caramel. Kind of smells like a candy dish with a bit of smoke. Flavor is caramel and chocolate with a light dryness. Smooth mouthfeel with dry finish. Pretty good.
nuplastikk (4299) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Filtered amber brown color with a small beige head. Medium bodied, some choco-toffee sweetness. Still has that macro aroma unfortunately. Some rich caramel tones as well. Certainly a step up from typical Capital swill, this one is actually flavorful and refreshing, as advertised...as for the finest dark beer in America, they must be out of their minds. No real hops to speak of besides the initial crispness. Nice and rich malt tones, that never get too sticky or overbearing. Lagered out and smooth, with solid specialty malt nuances.
omhper (19239) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled ay Monk’s Café Wallingatan, Stockholm. Clear deep ruby, minimal head. Roasty bready nose with raisiny undertones. Mid-sry with clean mouthfeel and light-medium body. Behind a whiff of butterscotch some light salty bitterness comes out. A clean and sterile beer, very superficial.
bhensonb (10814) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Archer Liquors. Pours a darkish ruby with a large beige head. Aroma of mildly darkish caramel. Near medium body with frothy carbonation. Flavor is smooth roasted caramel with a little bit of raisin or plum. Seems a tad nutty. Finishes unbitter, but not excessively sweet.
drowland (5981) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 6, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours dark clear brown with ruby hints. The aroma is sweet lager and fruits and the flavor is typical sweet flavors with slight roast. The mouthfeel is medium carbonation with a slight creaminess.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewery. Mostly transparent, coppery brown color with a thin layer of filmy off-white head. Undercarbonated relative to other draft offerings, but not unforgivably so. Somewhat thin, dark roasted malt aroma with hints of boiled coffee. Hints of nutty malt, but certainly not rich in malt depth. Clean, yeast-wise. No hop aroma. Medium-light bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a thin, flabby texture. Too drinkable, in that the richness of malt is completely lost to me. A faint coffee-tinged roast malt flavor lingers on the palate, but there isn’t a richness of underlying malt character to support it, so it ends up tasting a little bit limp. Watery, with a hint of roast. A rare disappointment from a brewery that usually delivers a great example of a US generated traditional German lager style.
Scubatrip (596) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the bottle, pours a dark crimson red with a thick foamy off-white head. Aromas of dark malts, caramel, light brown sugar, and a bit of sweetness about it. At first taste, I’d call this a brown ale if it were a blind test. Nutty caramel and some toffee, and a sweet finish are what makes up the flavor. Light without being watery, smooth, and a lightly sweet malty aftertaste. I think it’s a well made beer, but one is enough for me.
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color with a medium tan head. Caramel aroma, flavor has hints of fruit and bread with a nice balance and and a moderately malty body.