spokeydonkey (36) - somerville, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber with a decent white head that fades to lacing.
Aroma of toastiness. No alcohol and no discernable hop aroma. Clean.
Gentle toasted malt up front. Exceptionally dry. Hop bitterness behind it. Very clean.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness.
Overall an exceptional vienna lager. I’m not a big lager drinker, but this is one of my favorite beers because it is clean, well-balanced with enough malt and hop complexity to keep it interesting.
aumentm (400) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is full of malty aroma with a caramelized malt for a smooth finish. It comes in dark red.
eaglebones (69) - Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy copper-red with a thin beige head. Aroma is caramel and bread with a touch of dark fruits. Medium body and moderate-high carbonation. Sweet with slight tartness like pitted fruits and a hint of bitterness. Pretty good overall.
dagimp (801) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve had this a whole bunch of times. Pours a dark brown with a good amount of frothy head. Bready aroma with some hints of dark fruit and alcohol. Mouthfeel is moderate but with some heft; somewhat like a bock. Very, very smooth and velvety. Taste is herbal with fruit and bread. Some banana, wood and extremely mild smokey/nuttiness. Fantastic beer. Flavors, mouthfeel just meld together. I’ve had a liter of this at a time and enjoyed every sip from first to last. It’s that type of beer.
obguthr (4451) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Toffeeish honey, cereal grains, and hay aroma. Clear auburn, medium yellow head. Honey and grain flavor, slightly tinny. Full body, easy carbonation, smooth. I fully expected this to be another bland lager, maybe with a bit of hops if I’m lucky. It turned out to be a delightful malt forward rich and smooth, well crafted vienna. I would have no problem drinking this on a regular basis.
tillmac62 (382) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
BBD 2/16/15. Pours a clear amber with a lovely rich dark ruby cast. Excellent head volume, World Class lacing and excellent retention.
Nice light nose of toffee with caramel malt notes over subtle noble hops with a touch of spice.
Heavy medium body with a creamy texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.
The World Class flavor profile is intense, complex and a masterpiece in balance. It begins with creamy blend of toffee and caramel against a slight sweetness that has a cracker character. In the middle, a nice noble hop flavor emerges over a mild bitterness. Against a fading bitterness, a nice spicy hop character emerges that is a bit tart, a bit clove like and has a pepper aspect - outstanding. The finish is a bit dry, but also has a sweet biscuit component. A slightly tart note lingers for a bit over a receding caramel and biscuit sweetness leaving the tongue with a slight pucker.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks Colin. Nice clear copper pour with a big foamy white head. Some caramel and toasty malts in ok aroma. Taste - lots of flavour, lots of caramel and toasty malts again. Clean. Has a bit of an astringent twang I do not care for. Well crafted but just ok for me.
TheSilentSaint (98) - Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red colored. Clear/Filtered. Direct from bottle tastes bit different than when poured in glass. Through bottle one can feel slight malts and caramel. In glass tastes bit complex. Well balanced beer overall!!
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mikedevilsfan (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light ruby color with small off white head. Aroma is wonderful bready, pear, caramel, little bit of hops. Taste is sweet caramel with tinge of bitterness on the back end. Very good vienna lager. Smooth.
malvrich (88) - durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. brown bottle - Foothills chalice glass
A: Orange Amber color with an inch of tight foam. Good retention and lacing. Looks great.
S: Toast and baking spice/nutmeg (?). Slight caramel.
T: Dry orange spice with a crackery malt backbone. Slight sweetness. Good balance. Very nice.
M: Medium body. Prickly carbonation. Bitter dry finish. Again very good.
O: Nothing to complain about. Very good overall and worth buying anytime though a bit on the strong side for me at over 6% ABV.