StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2005 Rerate 8-1-2005, based on new nuances I’m turning up with this one. Nice deep rose / mahogany in color and only a brief presence with the head. Aroma is chocolate, cedar panels, caramel, toffee and copper kettle. Flavor evolves, rounding out a nice, sweet caramel and chocolate malt complexion. Hints of peat and smoked malts enter at the tail end to add a slight earthiness persona, but then somewhat diffuse to a chocolatey toffee sweetness. One of Lakefront’s bests.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, I just be gol darned if America doesn’t make some FINE Dunkels! The aroma here, to me, isn’t so much coffee as it is smoky, rich dark nutmeats, souring, getting moldy, along with a hefty bark element. Rich, very slight sweetness lingering in the aroma. The flavor contains swirling brown sugar and iron-y moassess, raisin, and great gobs of thinnish caramel and roasted malt. Noble hops close the deal by thinning the ending palate (they impart some peppery spice, a bit of pencil shavings). Only drawback, and this may be on account of this being an old bottle, is it’s slightly more sour than it should be. The appearance here is gorgeous, the fluff on the bone white head was so large, and fades in moderate time to a small ring.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - SEP 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2004 Pours a dark brown, opaque, with a decent sized head. Aroma is sweet and roasty. Flavor is choclate, coffee, bitter cherry. Nice and full in flavor, and coated the palate quite well.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear dark ruby brown with a medium diminishing light brown head. Aroma of nuts, caramel, cherry, toast, red apple, herbs, and drip coffee. Medium watery body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Flavor of nuts, plum, black cherry, red apple, toast, milk chocolate, drip coffee and a hint of spice. Very good.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish brown appearance, decent head formation. Dark bready, malty, coffee aroma. Rich malty full flavored palate, cocoa, coffee roast, a touch of tea, roasted and nutty in the finish with a mild bitterness. Not too heavy on the palate but packed with flavor.
jaymobrown (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nicely malted beer. Mostly a gritty chewy malt. No coffee, or chocolate flavors that I could find. Nicely done beer.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 28, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2005 In the bottle at the 2004 Crescent Moon Vintage Beer Tasting. Dark brown in color. Burned flavor. Dark tan head. Light in body and mouth feel. I’m not too impressed with this one. Maybe it underwhelms me because it did not age well over the last decade.
RE-RATE: Just tried a bottle made in November 2004. Guess what? Not much better! Zero head and a dominant sour taste.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle BD Mar wk1(hopefully 2004!) Pours like a brown soda but the foamy head dies. Nose is dark malts like munich & chocolate...medium bodied smooth, sweet...I think its well put together, its just too sweet. No hop character detected, some bitterness woulda been nice at least.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Kevin42. Pour is nice, but taste is lacking. It’s not bad, just a little dirty. Too grapey, too carbonated. Like flat Dr. Pepper. Not bad, but not good by any stretch of the imagination.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark Brown Coloring. Smelled like coffee...Roasts. Tasted Chocolate...coffee... I still prefer Java Stout...but not a bad one.