Skyview (5282) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the brewery taproom in Excelsior, Minnesota. Pours a clear brownish copper colored brew with an average sized off-white head that has some nice retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, a hint of floral hops, some light chocolate and a touch of white raisin. Taste is full bodied, and then some. Lots of sweet caramel malt, a hint of toffee, some light chocolate and a touch of cream tartar. Finish is semi-sweet, low bitterness but plenty of sweet caramel malt and a touch of sweet white chocolate. The clear copper colored body can be deceiving at first, thinking it may be a light brown ale but it really has some extra body as Excelsior brewmaster continues to make sure there is plenty of barley malt in the brewkettle. Best described as a hybrid of doppelbock and brown ale. Excellent seasonal release to compliment the Minnesota autumn weather.
VeinAle (101) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2015
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nose is sweet malt. Pours dark with a small head. Taste is sweet earthiness. Average brown
tectactoe (2882) - Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2014
1.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Corey. Rich chestnut brown pour with burnt copper-orange edges; creamy, foamy beige head plumes up nicely on top & settles slowly. Aroma has a nice CaraMunich malt base. Toasty caramel notes, nuts, faint cocoa dust, a touch of toffee, & a hint of dark fruit sweetness, namely prune. Mild inclusion of musty earthiness, too. Starts to get a touch of apple-y tartness with some warmth... Uh-oh? Flavor... whoa! Sour apples & acetic acid are the first thing to hit my tongue. Vinegar, sourness, & acetone bury the malt base almost completely. Infected, by a long shot. Strange how it was surpassed in the aroma? Very weird. Sadly I must hammer the score as this was pretty gross.
bookman10 (703) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep reddish-brown, with minimal head. Aroma is very sour, fruity, almost like rotten bananas. Flavor starts a bit sour, with distinct nut favors in the finish. I wasn’t favorably impressed.
TheHOFF43 (1760) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at APN. Pour is a hazy, orange/brown with a good amount of head. Lots of caramel and toffee, solid beer for the style.
Ericular (723) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great roasty aroma. Sweet and roasty taste with a full body. Caramel and nutty. This looks good and is a great example of the style.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At Stillwater Brewers Bazaar 7, Light brown pour, thin white head. Light nutty/malt aroma and taste, very light body/taste.
islay (1364) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
4 oz. pour, on tap at the brewery’s tap room. Consumed on 5-4-13. Pours a clear, light brown. Bitter, burnt chocolate smell. Dry taste features chocolate, muffin, and toffee flavors. Fruitiness in the taste: Plum, cherry. Medium body. Smooth and oily in the palate. Good beer, especially for a typically humdrum style. 7/3/7/3/14=>3.4
wilnatp (630) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
TAP. Coudy orange brown pour. Nut and caramel on the nose. Taste is sweet with a hint of bitterness.
theisti (3380) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler shared by my Brother in law. The pour is a clear brown copper golden, with a small off white head. The aroma is caramel malt, nut, and a touch of grass. The taste is a pleasant mix of the caramel, nut and grass. As the beer warms, there is a touch of a fruit yeast flavor and the grass gets a touch more floral. The palate is light to medium bodied, with soft carbonation. Tasty enough, thanks Brendan.
mnmike (1052) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at moto-i. Body was a little lacking, some watery’ness - but the malts save this one