jsf23mr (218) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a 6 pack at the local liquor store after the Redskins lost to the Lions, bullshit. Pours a dark chocolate color with a thin tan head. Chocolate and dark caramel for taste.
BritAlesRule (214) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark pour with a decent mouthfeel. Very mild aroma of chocolate malt, and heavy cereal. Taste adds heavier chocolate character and even more grain. Pleasant, but not inviting. Not terrible.
jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep caramel color, off-white head. Aromas of roasted barley, malt, and prominent weedy hops. Warms without being too heavy. Pretty good, simple, well-balanced.
CharmCityCrab (210) - Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Exactly as billed- a mild winter warmer. Your standard winter warmer type malt profile is there, and fortunately in this case mild is not a synonym for "too watery", but it goes go down fairly easy and isn’t heavy or filling. You won’t get a blast of heavy malts that drink like a meal or a high alcohol content to warm you up the old fashioned way, but you bought something with the word "mild" in it, so presumably you weren’t looking for something with an overwhelming taste or alcohol profile. Still, as I said, by no means watery. Take a Wild Goose Snow Goose (defunct regional winter warmer) and cross it with a Sam Adams Boston (Stock) Ale, and you’d get something like this. Not bad.
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Pours a deep deep copper with a thin white head. Really bready nose melded with chocolate malt. Taste if caramel and chocolate malt. Rye comes through in the dark bready flavor.For the price point of this sixer I’d say its a pretty drinkable brew.
Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mostly clear brown/dark copper/dark amber in color. White head with not much size, retention or lacing. Some burnt orange and yellow highlights around the bottom and sides. The aroma reminded me of some burnt toast and earthy malts. A touch of caramel in the nose also. The taste provides the burnt toast with some roasted chestnut type flavors. Some earthy malt. Not a whole lot of bitterness present. Not picking up the caramel as much in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Motly crisp, but not leaving much on the palate. Rather smooth also. Dry. This beer is alright. Easily drinkable. I like the burnt toast flavor ok. I could have a few of these no problem. This could be good in the Fall as well as the Winter.
Wolfenkopf (180) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This one has a malty & nutty aroma with a hint of bread. Very nice aroma, though not very strong. The brew has the color of a nut brown ale with an off-white head that sticks to the glass with a vengeance. The main factor in the taste is malt, though that nuttiness hangs in there. This too, could be a bit more robust for my taste, but it is good. The palate is treated gently as the brew has a silky quality. The aftertaste is mild malt. Like any other mass produced mid-level beer, it lacks in strength of character, but it is quite alright.
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours dark brown with moderate off-white head. Aroma is mostly caramel malt with some bread. Flavor is similar with quite a bit of maltiness rather than yeast. Unfortunately this was probably served too cold to get the full flavor. Nevertheless, a good beer.
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I simply had to have this beer when I realized it was based on a mild AND brewed with rye. On top of that, I am a firm believer that nothing bad has ever come from G.I.. Poured in a willybecher glass, this has a massive, firm, french vanilla colored head and a lovely brownish copper body that turns bright ruby against a light. The aroma does have a hint of spice, but smells mostly of sweet malt and caramel, with a firm herbal hop character. I must say I was a bit let down by the taste. I did not pick up more than an inkling of rye spice, and could find no similarity to a mild. What this beer does have though, is a lovely medium-bodied maltiness, and a very nice American hop finish. It is crisp and lively on the palate, with excellent drinkability (which I guess is one thing in common with mild ale.) The more I drank, the more it grew on me. (And the easier it went down....) It’s not awesome, and a little diff. than what I expected, but I must say that this a rather enjoyable session beer for all that it’s worth, and I would much like to drink it again.
Claves77 (163) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mild malt smell, dark body translucent to the light, lacking something in taste. Bland smooth flavor but lacking body. Overall a good winter offering that isn’t too spiced.