strongpieman (1458) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark amber, tall foamy head, high carbonation. Slight musty aroma, malty. Lengthy finish. Decent beer.
emacgee (3957) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clean copper amber pour with two fingers of foamy tan head. Nose shows plenty of toasted/biscuity malt with a nice bready character. Lightly dextrinous with a n herbal hop quality. Medium bodied with a light carbonation.
MattH (635) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber pour. Aroma of caramel and toasted malts. Taste is a nice toasty and creamy flavor. Nicely made. Lower carbonation. Smooth palate Easy drinking.
jcos (1520) - Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location/Date:Bottle on May 22nd, 2012.
Appearance: Dark copper cloud.
Taste:Sweet up front, caramel, light bitterness at the end.
Palate:Light medium body, a little bit oily/slick, faint carbonation.
Summary: Tasty well made lager, could be a good session beer.
jcwattsrugger (11067) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
CBC 12oz bottle-pours amber with a tan head. Aroma is light/medium malt-some caramel, citrus. Taste is creamy is light/medium malt-some caramel, light fruit hops. Easy.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Clear amber with a spotty white head. Aroma of bread, caramel and herbal tea. Flavor is bready malt, sweet caramel and a light hop bitterness. Medium body with soft carbonation and a smooth mouth feel. Nice beer for the style, rich and smooth.
TURDFERGUSON (3930) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty deep reddish amber with a thick, steady, off white head. Nose is malty, toasty, some caramel, pretty on point for the style. Flavor is similar, light sweetness, malts, caramel, lightly earthy. Tasted very fresh, thankfully. Would drink again. Maybe the best I’ve had in this series.
robloc303 (268) - Erie, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a pint glass. Nice head with aromas of caramel, malts, and Brown sugar. Very sweet and a tad bitter. Very easy drinking. Average beer..
rollinsr (365) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - APR 26, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light copper color with barely any head. Aroma is a bit of biscuity malt with some strong yeast esters. Taste is smooth with a bit of doughy caramel flavor with some earthiness to it. Crisp on the palate. Fairly solid beer but not anything special.
TAR (2435) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2013 Well, as with their Bohemian Pils (LTD 03), evidently this has also been retooled. This batch features very malt-rich, breadcrusty characters which hint at melanoidins and scream blackstrap molasses. Good depth to the malt as well, as it’s quite dextrinous in feel. Dextrins are dusty and help to absorb the residual sugars. Quite candyish, but has a crunchy dark malt character that teeters on coffee and helps to balance with stiff definition. On the sweet side of the spectrum, but a well-integrated Saaz-like softness cleans things up. The previous batch was extremely unclean and riddled with horrid defects, but this is markedly improved. So glad that Full Sail is doing some reflecting and making adjustments where deemed necessary. Purty nice, especially for $6 a sixer.
Rusty gold. Nicely sustained fluffy white head. Bumbling and congested aromas of spent tealeaves, wet paper, metal, tomato, plum skin, cherry cough syrup, dried leather. Some minor sulfur and hairspray fusels, as well. A displeasing twangy fruitiness precedes a vague medicinal sharpness upfront. Shades of breadcrust along with a nut-skin earthiness lend the faintest bit of crispness, though the limp pale malt overshadows any semblance of refinement with a lifelessness which brings to mind wet paper and Communion bread wafers. Malt is strikingly devoid of any dextrinous heft or definition…just plain fuzzy, dull, seriously underattenuated and riddled with soupy caramel, as well. No scratchiness from the hops, and absolutely no dextrins to dust the palate and contrast worth the overpowering red licorice slickness and Red Delicious dullness. Quite vegetal, as well. Closes limp with a vapid continuation of wet paper pale malt and spent tealeaves from the excess caramel malt. A very sweet, estery and, frankly, foul lager. Now, I will gladly tolerate some esters in lager if the beer is cleanly fermented, i.e. has room for them. Unfortunately, in this case, the beer is already sweet and overcrowded, and the esters only add to the muddled character. But that’s only one of many the things amiss here. Very shabby and generic. (Prev. score of the 2012 batch: 4, 4, 5, 2 = 2.3