jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler from brewery: Pours an amber red/brown color, decent sized head, white, somewhat diminishing. Very malty aroma, some hops. Malty taste, very sweet, somewat acidic. Nutty, smooth, some citrus. Good session beer.
PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Releases a modest honeyed aroma at pour. Becomes more bock like, with toasty caramelized malts. Quite attractive too, a glowing copperish amber. Whoa! First taste gives a dry crackly smokines, leafy earthiness, but a sweetish, borderline cloying palate soon appears. Thinnish mouthfeel, if soft, feels naturally carbonated, with a velveteen head. Warming alcohol in the chest arises after about 4 oz.
csbosox (1215) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 9, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden color, white head. Nose is malt and some noble hops, maybe a grassiness. Taste is sweet malt with a bit of mild bitterness. Nice mouthfeel. Not really my thing.
KUEric (866) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2005 Dark color, had only a 5oz. sampler at the restaurant. I thought it was quite good. Had a sweetness to it with minimal carbination. Don’t know that I fully understood mouthfeel until this beer...it feels very much at home in my mouth and on the way down, smooth.
Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep golden amber hue, deeper than the ESB, with excellent frothing head. Slightly grassy aroma, with caramel and fruit. Earthy and hoppy. Quite astringent to my taste. Not bad; very hoppy for the style?
3fourths (7511) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light copper appearance, little head that disappears quickly. Initially fruity with grapefruit and oranges, but then turns to a malty blandness, and finally a residual malt sweetness, not bad.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very hoppy, I could taste every one of the 30 IBUs...the first sample I had of this brew. The second was more earthy and malty, and less flowery. Subtle fruitiness at first. Color of ripened wheat, golden orange. Very little aroma, I'm beginning to wonder if Free State has figured that the smokiness of the brewery will cover up any aroma hops added...
TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft: Lacy whisp of foam atop a clear light pumpkin shade. Pale, straw-like malt characteristics atop a fresh blanket of delicate, green, lightly floral hallertauer and subtle notes of soil, leaf, and caramel. Soft, prickly carbonation. Flavors start with the classic hallertauer fresh green, spiciness and delicate earthiness. Beautiful transition to a deep, raw caramel, pale malt middle, which concludes with a wallopingly balanced, complex finish. A very hoppy example, and with them being of the German noble family, it's tough to find anything wrong with this fine beer.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2002
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Where is the aromo? I have noticed that most Free State brews I have tried did not really have an aroma. Anyway this is a damn hoppy maibock! Everyone was ordering this but I jsut did not see what they saw in it. FYI the latest rave is the Ironman+Brinkleys=a Blackout.
Indra (2527) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 6, 2001
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2011 Review for 5/2001 batch: Not much in the way of aroma for this beer, but what is there is pleasant enough. Tempting golden amber color. Flavor is very unusual for a maibock, this is the hoppiest maibock I’ve ever had, by far. Sort of goes against the description here, and precedent for Free State. The sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the hops create a remarkable interplay on the tongue, as both are fairly intense. A very intriguing and tasty beer.