tmoreau (3563) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle,IL., lesser serving requested in a small lager glass. The beer poured a deep brown with some ruby tones showing through the glass. The head was off white and diminishing while leaving some clingy lacing. The aroma started with a toasty nature along with a distinctive Munich malt sweetness. Hints of nuts and caramel were also detected. The flavor mimicked the nose with the light malt sweetness taking center stage, and finished with a subtle dryness. Respectable Munich.
beastiefan2k (3371) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a medium head, nice and fluffy. That fades into a decently thick lacing which grows easily as the glass is agitated. Color is clear ruby brown. Aroma is lagered berries and light, clean caramel lagered malts. Works well, the aromas bounce off of each other. Some light earthy/herbal German hops peaking through there as well. Taste has a bit more clean malt sweetness with a light mineral water and hop presence. The mineral aspect makes it super easy to drink. Just goes down easy with no thick or overbearing aspects. Light nutty sweetness tickles the aftertaste senses. Nothing alone is remarkable but it all comes together very nicely. Just so damn drinkable.
500mL bottle, BB 11/2009, in a generic white wine glass.
Merrill (79) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well it’s not my fave style, but here goes. A pretty dark ruby from a 500ml bottle of unknown age. Aroma of caramel and cassis and overripe berries. Flavor is sweet milky malts with just enough bitter to hold it down. Every sip is better than the last and the finish is smoother and more enjoyable than I would ever have expected. Wow! by the time I get half way through the bottle, I might go get another!
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Source: Brusin Ales, Asheville NC
Appearance: dark brown, fine beige head, bits of drippy lace,
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma, nice earthy balance,
Flavor: rich caramel malt flavor, touch of sweetness, well balanced by the earthyness,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
beeR (61) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 6, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle. Puors dark brown with a reddish shine. Nice thick and cappuccino-like head, dense even if not really latsing.
Rich but not strong aroma: malty sweetness, honey and some caramel. Red ripen fruits and a roasty coffe background.
Medium body, roasted bitterness and sweet but less incisive than nose and than what I expected.
Maybe too low carbonation.
Nice example of this style considering I found it in a supermarket.
kappldav123 (5829) - GERMANY - SEP 27, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The bottle looks good, the beer in the glass also. Week malty aroma. Tastes mild-malty, earthy-roasty. Finish fruity, like plum. Could be a bit drier. Still not bad!
KyotoLefty (9033) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in Vienna, 2006.
Very dark brown, almost opaque. Good head. Faint aroma, a hint of roasted malt and caramel. Tastes more burnt and coffee-like than any other Austrian dark I have tried to date. A dark lager, but somewhat stout-like. Only slightly sweet, not a whole lot of hops either, but well balanced. Great malt.
ChainGangGuy (4753) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown body marked by a few bubbles here and there.
Smell: Predominately malty aroma smelling of brown sugar sprinkled of dark fruits, particularly plums and raisins, and encompassed by a slight earthiness.
Taste: Oh-so malty! Mixture of brown sugar and caramel with a solid sweetness. Fair amount of fruit. Not very hoppy. Slight soil-minded earthiness. Sip of cool, clean water. Sweetish, fruit finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very, very slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Hirter? I hardly know ’er!
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a brownish/black – with a small almost non existent head. Smells sweet and caramely with a strong alcohol note. First sip is pure caramel – sweet, sweet and more sweet. Finishes nice and bitter, carbonated well. If you like caramelized sweet beers, you will not be disappointed.
jsquire (4106) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish beer with a large, rocky beige head. Lots of malt syrup in the nose with some dusty grains. This is a sweet beer with lots of malt and caramel, but the roasted grains try to balance it out some. Some burnt toast astrigency under all the sugar, especially in the finish. There is a thin-ness to it, but not a bad dunkel.