auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz Bottle. 7-08. Noses throws up a puckery caramel apple and toasted raisin bread. Spicey, fig-loaded and fresh. Warms alcohols sprinkle the sensory with intoxicating wafts of warm places. This is starting off as the perfect beer for a cold, winter night. Pours a lightly hazed clear solid amber, with orange fringes and a swirl in white. Flavor heads a little downhill, with some supremely sour and puckery malt and then a ton of dry, sourdough pretzel character. There’s a lot going on here, but not much of it is that exciting. Strong raisins and fig alcohols clash with a bit of dying tangy malt and then a swift kick of confused, aged hops. I dunno, it’s not that bad, but it’s definitely got a very strong signature of old, overly strong, poorly bottled Kuhnhenn. It’s funny though, this time it’s not quite the same or as overbearing. This time, it’s a vinous, mature contribution that keeps it alive. It’s not too far over the hill. On the back end are some fleeting nice edges of almond, roasted pork loin, and crispy rosemary toast.Opening up, this beer develops some jammy fruit in the finish, a bit of complex grain, and some nice ihop figures. However, In the end, it just doesn’t strike me as overly complex. Thanks Sean!
hopscotch (9954) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 Bottle… This beer rocks!… Clear burnt amber lager with a small, creamy, khaki head. Decent retention. The aroma is a wonderful, sticky, caramely mess. I love it. Also, vinous, port-like notes layered atop subdued chocolate and a whisper of espresso. Full-bodied and kind of chewy with tingly carbonation. Tastes like a blessed fusion of caramel, chocolate and espresso - almost like one of those ice-cold, gimmicky, summertime espresso drinks. Rich, moderately sweet, malty finish. World class malt head’s dream!
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. extra thanks to alexsdad for breaking out a bottle from his own stash since it sold out before we were able to score some of our own... pours dark amber brown, pretty murky with a quickly dissipating head....sweet laiden, liquer soaked dark fruit and sugary nose... flavors of dark caramel and dark fruit with a pungent bite and somewhat boozy. manages to pack a punch. mild carbonation.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at brewpub dated 7/08. Caramel color with a small head. Flavor is really vineous with some nuttiness. Cant say Im a fan.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Handed to me as we were leaving Kuhnhenn, they really loved that we came from NJ to visit them. Brought home and shared with my beer trip buddies/ Dark brown body with a tan head. Caramel with a dark fruit body, raisin, candi sugar, light vinous flavors big alcohol in the finish with a light woodiness.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy goyrshkewych. Gracias! Also, rating #700. Viscous reddish brown pour with no head. Very faint carbonation. Earthy and malty aroma with some caramel notes. Sweet caramel taste, slightly tart, with dark fruit notes. Not very complex, but still very pleasant.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hazy copper with a ruby hint. Sugar and molasses dominate the aroma. Rich enough, but even more syrupy than Samichlaus. Extremely sweet from start to finish and with the same salty notes that extreme dark lagers all seem to be unable to do without. Soy-like, rooty also. Meaty, filling finish. Very liquorous and concentrated, but feels like wort in the end. Cerealic and rough.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The bottle states "1996-2006", with no other hint of the vintage.
Pours hazy mahogany, with barely a trace of any head that developed. Zero retention or lacework.
Aromatics are a blast of caramelized sweet malt, fusel-like alcohol, and toffee.
Warming on the nostrils, and finishes with lingering malt reduction and vanilla.
The mouthfeel is sticky, syrupy, and chewy. Not enough carbonation to fend off the viscosity.
The pallet is as promised by the nose. Plenty of sweet malt, caramelized sugars, and toffee syrup. The alcohol profile is a bit harsh and solvent-like. Hot on the throat, and warming to the point of stinging on the tongue.
Finishes with a continual onslaught of malt extract, with plenty of sharp alcohol notes that cut through.
GRM (3204) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample, at the Mondial de la bière 2007, savoured June 1 2007; eye: dirty brown, no effervescence, clear, no head; nose: soya sauce, caramelized malt, light hops; mouth: caramelized malt, soya, finale in caramelized malt, full body, velvety, not much carbonation, quite salty; overall: quite good
Échantillon, bue au Mondial de la bière 2007, savourée le 1er juin 2007; oeil : brune sale, pas d’effervescence, claire, pas de mousse; nez : sauce soya, malt caramélisé, léger houblon; bouche : malt caramélisé, soya, finale en malt caramélisé, corsée, veloutée, peu carbonatée, assez salée; en résumé : pas mal bonne
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a slightly cloudy brown color with a small ring of beige lace. Aroma of caramel malt and alcohol vapors, this reeks of abundant residual sugar. The flavor is very sweet, way too sweet for my taste and it gets sticky in the mouth, the sweetness remins me of maple I feel like brushing my teeth after every sip, there is a caramel malt presence and alcohol but the sweetness takes control of the taste buds. The body is light to medium with a liquorous, sticky textrure and gentle carbonation.