changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. This is pretty much black with a thick tan head pouring on top that allows for some nice lacing. There’s a coffee roast aroma with some hazelnut nutty note, a bit of chocolate, and some oats. Smooth and easy drinking; toasted malt and grain notes mix with chocolate, earth, and a touch of sweet caramel flavor. The finish is a little ashy and bitter. The body is silky and light but not at all thin. Nothing extreme or probably all that memorable here but this is really quite solid.
mcox90 (1931) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle, courtesy of jcwattsrugger. Pours dark, dark brown with a one finger off white head. Roasted malt aroma with some peat, earth and just a whispered promise of smoke. Chocolate sweetness tempered with earthiness. Well balanced combo. Solid mouthfeel. Smooth and easy to drink.
Maverick34 (3017) - New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught from habitat. Super dark pour. Tannish head. Roasted aromatics. Dark choc with lighter mouthfeel
Jow (3522) - New York, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Stagshead. Pours maroonish with light toasted nose. Tastes of toast, earth, celery, floral, chocolates, some wood and malt. Kinda odd but allright
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Cask Republic - New Haven, CT. Stouty, toasty aroma, with a bit of yeast. Interesting, this really feels more like a rather dark Mild than a dark lager of any sort, but I’ll roll with it. The trouble here is that a really nice, balanced charred, stout malt runs up against a muddled, yeasty, minerally House and bubblegum character that sets it off a bit. Otherwise, interesting.
djd07 (10591) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a large beige head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is bready malt and caramel. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet roasted malt and caramel. A decent dark lager from Cricket Hill.
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Opens with much more "pfttthh" than expected and pours an extremely heady dark copper brown color with a light tan head. Roasty with some sublte chocolate notes, maybe a little black licorice as well. Have to wait a while for the head to recede to even try to drink. Medium mouthfeel. Roast, dark chocolate, and a slight metallic taste. Not a big fan of this one.
odinstyr (745) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a red-brown with a large tan head. Smells of wood, hints of herbs and bread. Taste is slightly bitter, mild flavor overall.
SHIG (4675) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to John: Poured a dark brown but clear if that makes sense, head is small bubble tan. Aroma is sweet malts. Nice sweet chocolate and malt, slight wateriness on the tongue. Very drinkable.
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at the DC Local Tasting a 22oz bottle pours a transparent copper amber with one ring of clumpy head. Nose is sweet, a little brown sugar, malty, fairly standard. Sweet flavor, brown sugar, a little bread. Watery finish.