maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle brought to me from Malt and Vine in Redmond, WA at the 8th Richmond Gathering on 06/06/2009. Somewhat hazy pale golden orange body with a medium creamy off-white head. Sweet honey and corn aroma. Sweet corn flavor with lots of honey and some dry graininess. Medium light body with moderate carbonation.
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours cloudy gold with a small amount of head. I am getting honey on the nose actually, slight malt and uhmm not much else. Light bodied on the palate. Brown sugar along with a fair amount of honey in there as well. This is much better than I expected. Small amount of lacing and light carbonation.
Kinz (3279) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2009
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Last pour out of the bottle, looks like backwash, light mud in appearance. Aoma was honey, touch of grain. Flavor matched. Not as awful as I feared, but not good either. And not a pale lager under any circumstances.
Drake (8442) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of maniac. Thanks! Pale amber color with a thin head. Aroma is strong honey notes with some raw barley notes. Taste is grain, honey, light bitterness and something stale and musty in the finish. Thin-medium bodied.
Cirrhosis (1203) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Ok, what to say about this swill? Nothing really all that bad about it, but it is defiantly a bottle of swill. Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow, with no head, zero head, no white stuff on top at all, your mother probably gives better head, but I have seen worse looking beers. A very stale apple juice is what I notice most for a smell combined with iron fillings and mold, not really a bad smell but it sure doesn’t make me want to drink this beer. The beer is a bit to watery feeling for me. Metallic apple juice is the main thing I taste, it taste like its made from mostly corn and no hopes but I don’t think you can get to many quality ingredients in Ethiopia, its also very watered down. The after taste is like donuts, sweet but still bread like. A very low quality beer but its still drinkable if you must."
VertBaconStrips (2070) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 26, 2009
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Suprisingly better than I assumed it would be, Never judge a beer by its label - unless its a Harar label. Beautiful 1970’s faded brown and orange label! Pretty lacking in flavour, but not all that bad. Very light gold with head that vanished instantly. Lingering not-quite skunky odor, similar to low quality brews but yet not unappealing to the nose. Low carbonation - drinkable but not more than one at a time. Still got 5 more to go from the sixer...sigh
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Couple of bottles consumed at Meskerem in DC. Pours pale gold. Sweet nose - both corn and honey and some grain. An unassuming beer, but a great accompaniment to Ethiopian food.
bhensonb (10956) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Queen Sheba in Sacramento, CA. Slightly hazy light gold color with a fine, strong white head. Light grain aroma. Near medium body with frothy carbonation. Flavor is lightly bready with a strong dose of citric and noble hop. Arguably an ungespundent pils. Quite good.
mpersinger (347) - , California, USA - DEC 29, 2008
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From bottle, median Ethiopian lager (read: standard imitation of American macro style lager), yellow color, middle of the road malt sweetness with hop balance (not as watery or sweet as Bati, nor as wheaty and sour as Meta).
trymall (2) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2008 does not count
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from an Ethiopian market in San Diego that presented malt and sweet flavors of bananas and honey, which were not overwelming and suprisingly drinkable. My first Ethiopian beer - not too bad, not that great. Will not be stocking my fridge with this beer, but glad to have given it a try.