lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with hints of red around the edges topped by a creamy head the color of dirty sand. Lots of rye in the nose, sweet with just a touch of herbal hops evident.
Malty schwarzbier character intertwined with a persistent rye graininess. Underlying citrusy hop profile keeps the beer malty but not overly sweet. Roasty, milk chocolate, bready, grainy spicy rye and big citrusy/floral hops. An odd combination of flavors. The rye is so pronounced, I would avoid this beer if you don’t care for rye beers. As it is, it’s a malty, velvet smooth and perilously drinkable.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rye spice, chocolate, sweeter notes as well. Pours darker brown, no head or lace. Rye, light chocolate, earth, light bitterness, caramel. Light spice, soft carbonation, lingering rye notes. Almost mentholly in a sense.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dry stemmy nose, seem to get a little sour bite. I’ve had the bottle for a while. dark mocha, thin in appearance, tan head. creamy body, almond and tobacco
bvc (1180) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle shared by scrizzz. Dark roasty brown with a creamy even light tan head. Roasty, almost burnt, malt, chocolate, and light rye spiciness. Medium body with smooth small feeling carbonation. Toasted rye bread, good amount of bitter coffee and bitter cocoa, touch of pepper. Nice creamy feel and very drinkable.
mar (5025) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. poured black with a cream head. nose is rye, hops, chocolate, and cocoa. nice on the palate, flavor is rye, chocolate, hops, and a bitter finish.
nickd717 (3671) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber shared by chswimmer on BA. Thanks, Craig.
Pours a clear dark brown color with a light tan head that has decent retention.
Aroma is fairly simple. Roasty with rye notes, maybe some coffee. Didn’t really pick up too much else going on. Nice though.
Flavor has a little more going on. Once again, rye and roast are dominant. Some bitter coffee, and an earthy and resinous hop character. Good stuff.
Medium body and average carbonation level.
A pretty good beer overall. Fairly drinkable.
gunnfryd (12601) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted, malt, caramel, alcohol. Flavour is hop, roasted, malt, caramel, alcohol, dried fruits. Full body. Nice beer.
yngwie (15566) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 22oz, courtesy of fonefan. A clear, dark amber beer with a finger-thick pillow of dense, beige head. Some alcohol on the nose, but mostly roasted malts and dried fruits. Nice hops. Roasted flavor with nice citrusy, resiny hops, caramel and a little warmth from the alcohol. Full-bodied and pleasantly carbonated. Resiny bitter finish. Sure, it’s a nice beer, but it feels a bit one dimensional even though there’s several different flavors easily detected. Wouldn’t shy away from more of this. 091024
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Explodes into the glass with a dark chocolate pour and a thick pillowy tan head that lingers thru much of the drink and leaves excellent lacing. Aroma is a pleasant malty chocolate backed up by a hint of caramel. Unfortunately, the joy ends there. The mouthfeel was thin, watery and very metallic, completely dominating any flavors I had hoped to gleen fromt he taste, and carrying all the way thru the finish. I was left with a finish of all metal and not watning more. How could something that started so well end so poorly?
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark, reddish brown from the 22oz. bottle, with a lasting, frothy off-white head: Nose of nuts and hard roasted malt. Fairly hoppy bite. Ash-y. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated. Lasting duration, oily textured. Alcohol is fairly noticable. Drinkability: Pretty solid. Rebuy: Not my personally favorite style, so I might pass on a second helping. #257 on 26012010, DG.