kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
dark clear amber, scant white head, sweet carmel malt aroma with nice biscuit and toasted malts, rich malt flavor, nice sweetness but balanced,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 11/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Small off white head over a hazy amber pour. Sweet caramel aroma punctuated by grain, toasted nuts. Light to medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Sweetness prevails, but there is an interesting mild tartness and just enough bitterness to prevent it from being cloying, although it still finishes sweet. Not my favorite style, but this is quite drinkable and pleasing.
MrChris (110) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sour fruity, musty. Intriguing. Flat thin watery head with a cloudy dark amber color. Head disappears almost immediately. Slightly fruity up front with a sour twang, dry ending. Carbonated mouth feel. Drinkable in a bizarre kind of way. This beer looks uneventful, but is surprisingly tasty.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub on 4/27/06: Pours a clear copper orange color with a thin-lacing wispy white head. Has a sweet, grainy European malty aroma. Starts with good sweet authentic malty presence, well-balanced with a slight bitterness. True to style and very drinkable.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap: muddy brown in color, amber along edges when held to light, huge 2 finger off-white head, eventually fades to film, great lacing. Aroma very muted sweet roasted malt. Flavor is all sweet caramel/toffee and roasted malt, but very smooth and crisp. I guess the result of lagering. Highly sessionable beer, but weak aroma kills the score.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Kuhnhenn: Clear amber color with an off-white head. Huge fresh wort aroma. Sweet with melted caramel and notes of black tea. Big toffee flavor, nutty,and sweet. Medium body.
ClarkVV (4058) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2006 Late May 2006 growler consumed on 4/15/06 with SuIIy
Deep copper-auburn with rusted iron tinges in the center. Surprisingly vibrant on the red hues in this one, I was expecting more of a straightforward amber. Dense, beige head sits atop the body with the usual strong retention from this brewery. Slight chill haze, enough to show that it’s not filtered, but that the sediment has dropped. No visible carbonation in the body creates a glassy, mirror-like appearance that looks quite stunning in conjunction with the clarity and fiery orange and red tones. Lacing is blotchy, due in part to it being from a growler and being low gravity and an attenuated lager style.
Spicy tettnangs or some similar hybrid (most likely crystal) pepper the nose while doughy yeast fills out the sides. Caramel and toasty malts provide light dryness, but some round fruitiness seems a bit out of place (currants, dry plums and apples). Perhaps a bit too heavy on the doughiness, as it wears on, but that could just be the live yeast at work.
Dry peaches and white pepper emanate from the robust, husky and rich vienna malts. Ends very drily on a nectarine-orange rind note. Husky, but essential vienna malts are almost lost in the sweet caramunich-like maltiness that grows in appearance as the beer warms. Light melanoidin-like acidity is present, bringing another layer of complexity. Yeast is moderately crisp, but perhaps a little bullied by the caramel-toffee stickiness. Some light oiliness and stickiness, little to no wateriness and a full, round mouthfeel, with appropriate carbonation and attenuation levels. No alcohol.
Pailhead (5443) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap: Grainy caramel aroma with a hint a metal. Cloudy amber with a small off-white head. Flavors are caramel and grain with a citrusy finish and just a touch of bitterness.