humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUN 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Der Steinkeller who has recently abandoned the more authentic elements of their menu in trade for pizza and hamburgers. What a scam. The Kostritzer, however, is still cold and dark. Whenever I drink this I am amazed at how little flavor can come out of such a dark beer. There is a ruby blackness to the color and a light tawny head. The flavors are very subdued with hints of washed out malts. A subtle sweetness last for a moment, then disipates. Though light in flavor, there is an genuine quality to this beer that makes it quite enjoyable.
Duke (117) - New York, USA - JUN 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2004 Very dark pour with better than average head. Good malt grain aroma. Clean sharp finish. Better than I expected.
foglemark (42) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2004 Already when I'm holding the bottle I feel that exciting feeling creeping over me and a stinging sensation of something wonderful about to happen. Pouring it up it gives hints of good times to come. The aroma is wonderful and the taste is full and rich, with hints of red pepper, figs and chocolate. One of my all time favourites.
Crockett (1008) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can. Pours clear dark brown with a large light brown head. Average strength aroma of toasted nuts and coffee, with notes of wine, and wood smoke. Kind of thin. Metallic and astringent. Lightly sweet with some hop bitters to sop it up. Cereal, coffee, chocolate later on. Dry finish. ’Twas good times.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4919) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 A rather bland and uninspired beer. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle with a pleasant and mellow seeming label this beer pours a clear dark brown with a huge tan head. Light malty aroma. The texture is very creamy and smooth. There is a light malt flavor and almost no detectable hops. There is a slight tang on the aftertaste. Very mild in flavor - completely inoffensive but rather uninspiring as well. As it warmed up a bit of nut an bitterness came out. The additional nut flavor was nice, but the bitterness ruined any benefit that was gained by letting it get warm.
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark with red highlights, medium tan head soon disappeared. Aroma is metallic, but some berries are hidden behind there. The flavour is slightly sweet and roasted, while it finishes with breadiness. Not really bad, but by no means great. Bottle.
JFGrind (1844) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft - I found this dark lager had a thin, metallic mouthfeel. Poured dark, thin head, nothing out of the ordinary here.
sleepdirt (169) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Surprisingly fresh from the can. Reminds me of Hosten Festbock, but 5% alc.Tastes like nuts and veggies, with a nice hop bite that hits after a few seconds.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black body, thin to medium mouthfeel. Weak flavor overall. Chocolately notes with coffee bitterness, bit of musty peat in the finish. I drank a bunch of this stuff out of a 2L boot.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black glass liquid color. Eggshell head Picture perfect. Smells chocolately, tastes chocolately and smooth. nice flavor. Nothing overpowers. Not bad but nothing really captures your tastebuds and gives it a little goose. Really good but not great.