bblack99 (526) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted at Black Clover Beer Fest 9/18.
I like most of the beers GD puts out, but this one fell far short of expectations. Copper color with a sweet cherry aroma and a thin white head. Flavors were a jumble of sweet caramel, spice, malt (not much rye), and a bit of sweet fruit.
Doesn’t come together well and doesn’t seem to fit the marzen style.
SSSteve (3769) - - SEP 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. clear reddish copper under a small white head. dominantly malty aroma of crisp rye, toasted barley, hint of nuts. flavor is has notes of toasted malt, bitter nuts. i’m not really noticing the rye addition much. overall, a solid oktoberfest.
Pailhead (4809) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of strong caramel, moderate cherry, light rye, and earthy and grassy hops. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a small off-white head and quite at bit of moderate sized bubbles rising up. The flavor starts with moderate caramel and a hint of cherry. The finish has light earthy and grassy hops. While I got rye in the nose, I’m not getting much in the flavor. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and somewhat sticky mouthfeel.
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Rusted amber pour. Tall off-white head. Aroma is caramel, rye, spices, and malt. Taste is spicy hops, rye, caramel, dark fruit, sweet malt and grains. Body is medium and creamy with a dense carbonation. The finish is more of the spicy hops and rye, some floral notes, pepper, dark fruit, sweet malt and caramel. Well made but nothing spectacular.
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Pat’s Liquors in Porter, Indiana: Held up to natural llight, this has a golden orange body capped by an off-white head. The aroma has sweet cherries, caramelly malt, and black peppers. The flavor is dominated by a rye seed and pepper spiciness supported by a rich malty sweetness. The finish is spicy and dry. Quite nice.
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Smells like a typical lager with a little bit of rye.
Flavor: Interesting. typical lager flavor with rye and a little sweetness mid palate.
Overall: very interesting for a lager
Beaver (1292) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, bottled 8/4/09. Pours a reddish amber with a medium creamy head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is is pretty subdued - some wheaty malts with a touch of cinnamon.
The flavor is toasted malts with some rye leading to a metallic lightly bitter finish with some cinnamon like spices. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with creamy carbonation.
Overall, decent but pretty subdued. The first time I had this, I remember much more of a rye presence.
Block (1400) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yellow-orange pour with a white head. Aroma and flavor of citrus and fruit. Light body with some alcohol at the finish.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear orange amber with a fading off-white head, Sweet caramel and malt aroma. Medium body and carbonation. Sweet taste with lots of malt with a little fruit and rye. Lightly spicy floral finish. Lots of nice, subtle stuff going on here.
Ernest (6218) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (Jul 31 bottling).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off white, mostly lasting.
Body is light amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted bread/grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot, flowers), with light notes of tangerine and peach.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Not too bad, actually. Not all that much going on in the aroma, but what’s there is pleasant. Similarly a little uneventful in the mouth, but overall this is a pretty solid brew.