JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown color with a moderate off-white, fairly dense head. Caramel, light smoke, peat, earth, toffee and hints of chocolate. Bock in character with some smoke and earthy elements. Caramel, toffee, hints of floral hops, light smoke and bit of scorched malt to assuage the sweetness. A good effort for a fairly difficult style.
pepsican (1444) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
copper, almost ruby with a small off white head. Aroma is caramel and toffee. flavor follows through, a little bit of smoke, earth, and butterscotch float around in this one as well. Finishes kind of thick, no real bitterness and just a touch of booze.
Nuffield (3668) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel notes all over the aroma. Decent brown color. Good malty texture and strong finish. One dimensional but a nicely done beer that reminds me of a cross between an English bitter and a German bock. Interesting anyway.
JK (4401) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very well made dunkel is a rare find in the United States, and when I do find one, it will earn high marks from me. Alcohol is perceivable, but still very like a dunkel in style. Lager yeast aroma. Some meat, and an earthy character. Thanks to Skyview for sharing.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Growler] shared at Skyview’s Lex/Larp Cellars Farewell. Pours a hazy copper with a scant soapy head. Aroma is butterscotch caramel. Flavor is the same as the aroma.
badgerben (4395) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler courtesy of Skyview. Dark red color with no head. Strong caramel and butter aroma. The taste is still strong caramel and lots of toffee, but it’s a completely different kind of caramel that I just can’t describe. Obviously not just the caramel flavors from the malt of the same name. Very rich and earthy. Quite grainy. Excellent, excellent brew.
Skyview (5177) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the Grumpy Troll brewpub in downtown Mt. Horeb, WI. Pours a semi-clear dark copper brew with a decent off-white/beige head that has some nice retention and excellent lacing. Aroma is quite malty, caramel, a touch of brown sugar, chocolate, and some toffee. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of sweet caramel, a little toffee, brown sugar and some vanilla. Finish is semi-sweet with a mildly sweet caramel aftertaste that slowly disappears. Quite enjoyable and could easily be a vienna style beer.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with red glimmers. A smallish off-white head leaves a modest lacing. Sweet caramel aroma, something of cream soda. Flavor begins with roasted malt, tree fruit, then the sweeter caramel and vanilla elements become dominant. Somewhat dark chocolaty on the finish. Medium to full bodied, drinks smoothly. Not heavily carbonated, but nonetheless pleasantly active on the tongue. Finish is slightly tannic. A delicious and complex brown beer.