beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid auburn with a dark umber glow. Medium and compact light tan foam. Lace sticks in skimpy strings but keeps a solid skim and collar the entire session.
Aroma is pretty solid with light roasty malting and nutty breads. A bit toasty and drizzled with caramel; always dry yet sweetly sided with the bread tone.
Taste is about the same as what the smell eludes to which stands among a good caramel, nutty bread tone with dustings of cocoa, wood, and drying nuttyness and pretzeled breadings.
Fluffy and firm carbonation thats clean and gripping to the point of good natured drinking. Medium body with a solid finish of nuts, toasty breadyness, and a light mineral spicey woodish hop thing.
A very solid beer. Munich malts make the bread tones evident and the extra darker toasty nuttyness gives it an almost porter-esk character. Quite a nice treat. Spendy though.
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draft) Not what I was expecting, but a pleasant surprise instead. The main flavor I got was caramel, but there was really an awful lot of complexity behind that. Everything was subdued, but noticeable. Pretty good.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think it was my pal The_Beer_God that sent me this select import!
The body is a hue of hazelnut… The head is tall and khaki. This beer is a terrific example as to a beer that gathers more flavor and aroma as it warms… the chill seems to majorly suppress everything.
Nice nutty suggestions are observed, along with hints of toffee, cola, and coco. There is a satisfying allusion of smoky molasses, plums, date sugars and fig. I also pick up on hints of prune juice, and other dark pit fruits. Nice yeasty pumpernickel finish… fruity and becomes longer as the beer warms to almost room temp. Overall, it all finds a nice equilibrium and becomes a tasty drink!
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
This brew is courtesy of Jpdipso
Nice brown rubyish brown color,small tan head that faded quickly leaving just a small mound in the middle.The aroma was caramel and maybe a bit of toffee,malty and mildly sweet.Malty flavor some caramel and a bit of a burnt taste side towards the end of the tasting.slight bitterness in the very end.Over all not bad but then not great eather,but it’s worth trying again due to it’s easy drinking.
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smokiness in the aroma, but in a bad way, but is balance w/caramel or molasses, which is nice. A nice brown color. Not a coomplex dark and not that heavy. A decent dunkel, although maybe below par for the syle to me.
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours mahogany coloured with a medium foamy head. Aroma of lightly toasted caramel, some smokiness and a bit of banana. Light body.Taste is rather bland with some malt and a light hop bitterness to finish. The taste doesn’t live up to the expectations that you get from the aroma
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one was a nice surprise. Served in a 10 ounce glass at the Drafting Room, Exton (I’m not sure why this one was a 10 ounce serving). Nice deep brown hazy pour with aromas of heavy caramel malt, almonds, brown sugar, toffee, cabernet. Dense velvety palate, with great caramel/toffee malt flavor, coupled with nuts, brown sugar, cabernet, and even a dark chocolate sensation. Wonderful.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours borwn with a tan head. Smells of bananas, cherries, citrus, rasberries, and blueberries. Tastes sweet with some nice orangey notes. As the beer warms up, some chocolate and pepper notes emerge. Tarte mouthfeel with a semi sweet finish.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick bready aroma with berry-like fruitiness and grainy malts. Clear dark amber-brown with low, fine-bubbled white head that leaves a lasting cover and clings to the side of the glass. Toasted, bready and toffee-like malts with some caramelized character and moderate finishing bitterness. Refreshing medium-light body with lively effervescence. Tulip glass, just above fridge temp. Bottle (BB 101005, Bello Vino, Jul-05).
JPDIPSO (5673) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown with a hint of orange when held to the light. Moderate light tan head. Dry aromas of chocolate, caramel and fruit cake. I’m sure a fresh mug of this would be better. A touch to much carbonation that takes away from the feel. Nutty fruitcake flavors, with pecans, raisins and toasted wheat bread. Long pleasant malt linger. A fine dunkel. I’m sure this is would be great on draft.