unclemattie (3905) - Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. pours a dark amber, thin white head. Great lacing. Toasted malt aroma. Nice sweetness. Surprising appearance, wonderful aroma, but the flavor... Wow. Very full flavored. And it’s a lager! Rich nutty, caramel malt. Lots of earthy flavors, so toasty, and nutty. Finishes with a very soul quenching spice. Nice noble hop bitterness. The finish is not distant from the flavors of a Mr. Pibb. Kinda tasty. Very filling. Surprising and overall a great find. Cheers!
emacgee (3742) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks turdferguson for sharing this. Pours a carbonated copper brown with a 1 finger frothy tan head. Smells a bit sweet, very grainy, earthy. Tastes grainy, earthy, a light waxyness and bitterness. Waxy mouthfeel, finishes a bit waxy.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from nearbeer. Thanks. The aroma was of hay, a dash of brown sugar, toffee, and subdued noble hops. Poured a clear dark orange color. The head was short, white, and reduced quickly to a thin film. Some tattered lace was left behind. Medium bodied and delicately sweet. Spicy, earthy malts dominated the flavor; akin to a mix of fall leaves, toffee, and molasses. Some fleshy and dark fruit flavors emerged at the end. Not bad. Good spring beer.
SSSteve (3551) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
a cloudy brown/caramel colored beer with no head. aroma of sour apples, butter, toffee, peanut brittle. flavor is similar. not a bad bock but its a little thin and the appearance losses some points.
nearbeer (3283) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 12 oz. Dark copper with a medium-sized, lasting head. Nice frosty lace everywhere. Earth-spicy grain, molasses, occasional corn, woody and toasted nut aroma. Flavors are similar, but have some caramel and more emphasis on the spiciness, wood and nuts. Even some dry cocoa in the finish, and occasional iron. Slightly larger-than-medium body is smooth and dry. Was kind of postponing the tasting/rating of this lager, but this is one damn fine bier. Beats the hell out of Dead Guy and is one of the best lagers I’ve ever had.
SpringsLicker (2937) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Knoxville Brewer’s Jam.
Deep amber/orange body that supports a long lasting off-white head.
Light malt aroma. Toasty.
A light bitterness on the front end quickly fades to a velvety dryness.
aracauna (2925) - Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I found this at Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, which looks much more respectable inside than out. I actually picked up a ton of stuff there. This is definitely the best beer store I’ve found in Georgia outside of Greens. Anyway, the beer pours a clear copper. The aroma is richly malty. There’s a caramel and honey quality to it and an earthy maltiness that’s quite satsifying. It’s perhaps a little too sweet for true quaffability, but tasty, nonetheless.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark copper pour, almost brown. Off white that quickly dissipates to one little "island" in the middle of the glass. Loads of toasted caramel malts on the nose. Drinking this cold was not enjoyable as once it warmed. Caramel malts up front and not as cloying once it had some time to breathe. Hints of wood and slightly roasty flavor. Slight hop spice on the finish. Overall a unique attempt, it is indeed a shame this replaced the tasgall ale.
NachlamSie (2536) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a crystalline dark copper with a small head. The aroma is a little gummy with hints of butter, caramel, some wooden hops, maybe apples. Ample bock character is noted in the flavor, not my favorite thing. I found the finish to be a bit sticky. HInts of fig, apple, butter, light earth are present. Not really interesting. It’s a shame they sacrificed Tasgall for this.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sam’s. Given the name, I was surprised to see the copper/amber pour coming out of the bottle. Pleasantly surprised, I might add. Malty nose. A bit of floral hops. Sweet notes of caramel and toffee. Toasty. Similar on the palate. Quite drinkable. Another solid offering from this brewery.