Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle
I had some high hopes for this based on the low cost but this gusher ended up being a dud. Maybe I had a bad bottle but unless this is on sale I do not see purchasing another to rerate. This beer was interesting but hardly the cream of the crop for its style.
Aroma / Appearance - Gushing from the second I popped it open the bottle took a few minutes to settle before I could even pour anything but a tan head. The rusty brown body was dull and somewhat lifeless. The aroma of salted almonds mixed with dusty books and stale chocolate to create a total package that was less than exciting.
Flavor / Palate - Traces of dried smoked ham, cocoa (like you would find in chocolate milk mix), and raisins blended into a standard blend. The fluid mouthfeel was light on the palate. This was drinkable but I found myself looking for something else rather than trying to finish off the remnants after the first glass was empty.
ChainGangGuy (4809) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Dropped off to my table a hazed, deep dark brown body topped with a full, foaming, tan-colored head.
Smell: Fruity, malty nose, combining scents of baked apples and pureed raisins with notes of bread and caramel with a spray bottle spritz of clean alcohol.
Taste: The taste is alive with a dark breadiness smoothed over with well-caramelized sugars. Smidgen of roast. Deep, delicately tart fruitiness carries over from the nose. Slight, growing chocolate presence as it warms. Very restrained hop character and bitterness. Touch of warming alcohol presence on the fruity, sweetly malty, smooth finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very slight chewiness to the overall mouthfeel.
Drinkability: No trouble here finishing my portion. A fine, upstanding bock, providing you like’m sweet and malty.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Surly Goat. Clear brownish red with a one finger beige head, fading to a ring and tiny island after a short while. Some toasty grains and scorched caramel make up the nose with some light raisins, lager yeast and just a little earth following. Flavor is much the same, though maybe a tinge fruitier and light soy sauce (without the salt) added. Bitterness peaked at a 2, and finished nice and toasty. Minimal carbonation with a medium full body. Nice doppel.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, toffee, caramel, dark ripe fruit, light raisin, toasting, light maple syrup, and sugar. Poured brown/very deep amber in color with a small, tan head that disappeared except around the edges. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of tiny, small, and medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, raisin, caramel, dark ripe fruit, toffee, toasting, and sugar. Medium body. Coating, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, malt, caramel, toasting, light raisin, and slight dark ripe fruit finish is lightly dry.
PorterPounder (7425) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tampa, Fl - Whole Foods - 500 ml bottle. Dark brown pour with a thin but sticky off-white head. Sweet, fragrant aroma with dates, prunes and chocolate. Stick-to your ribs flavor with raisins, dates, molasses and a touch of chocolate. Thick, rich mouthfeel. Very solid bok - not cloying at all.
jredmond (7671) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle split with dallas. Pours a dark blackish brown body. Aroma is smoky. Mouth feel is thin. Flavor is dominated by meat and roast.
Geiserich (4140) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 29, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
vintage 2008: Dark amber to brown color. Malty, light flowerly, fruity aroma with notes of raisins and plums, roasty malt notes. Flavor is first malty, sweet with fruitiness, then followed by a pleasnat roastiness with cacao, chocolate and a interesting dry roasty dryness. Long dry finish. Marvales last quater with cacao dryness and roasted malt.
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours rich reddish brown. Aroma and flavor dark fruits (raisin, prunes, plum) molasses, malty sweetness. Slight yeastiness. Pretty silky mouthfeel. Really liked this beer, it’s very well-balanced, easy to drink, and a nice example of this type of beer, if you’re into this style.
closey22 (1686) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep amber/brown. No head. strong malt aroma w/ hint of prune/raisin; Flavor is nicer tan most beers of style. touch of spice(cinnamon), nice balanced palate b/w silky malty feel and fizzy lager zing. Finished sweet with strong prune/raisin.
jgb9348 (5727) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2010
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thin tan head and a ruby tint when held up to a light. Aroma of cherries, roasted malt, chocolate (milk), raisins and a bunch of grapes. Medium to Full-bodied; Deep strong metallic and raisiny tastes up front with a lot of malt and alcohol following soon afterwards with a lot of bittering tastes and some off/metallic twangs later on. Aftertaste not too palateable - a bit harsh and bitter. Overall, a decent beer - worth a try if you can find it, but not great for the style or for milder tastes in general. I sampled this 50 cL bottle purchased from Liquor Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 14-March-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 25-March-2010.