Ratman197 (13094) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle poured a clear amber with a small disapating amber head. Aromas of toasted malt, carmel, toffee, brown sugar and a hint of nuts. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee, toasted malt,brown sugar and a hint of nuts wioth a smooth bittersweet finish.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crisp, clean, malty without being over the top. No hop presence, little bitterness. Medium-full body...a pretty tasty O-fest.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
23.09.06 12oz bottle b-o dated 08/18/06. Nice enough to look at, the beer is a deep rusty orange about the same color as my favorite chair. The aromas are paltry with plummy hints, wet leaves, only slight earthiness. The palate is medium-light with agressive eff. Flavor is more of same from aroma. Mildly chewy, a bit peppery, and lingering earthiness. Seems raw, young, and some adjuncty flavors emerge with temp. This beer is all over NJ this year.
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. Bottle: Pours copper with an off-white head that is mostly lasting. Aroma is roasted malts with hints of caramel. Flavor is a sweet and smooth caramel that finishes with a mild bitterness. Easy drinking and very well done.
jcr (2544) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear copper body with thin white head that diminishes to next-to-nothing. Malty nose of grain and canned corn with slightly metallic aroma. Flavor is slightly sweet, but mostly vegetable like with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium body with lively carbonation. Disappointing.
Hangover (1115) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - SEP 14, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma is vegetable, roasted malt and very sweet. Medium carbonation. Initial impression is sweet dried fruit, mild hopping and some alcohol on the back end. Slightly bitter finish. Not bad at all.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear copper with a head that thins to white whisps in no time at all. The nose is big for a lager. Caramel malt and some floral, almost herbal (carrot, slightly), hops. A little nutty almost too. The body is nice on this, filling the mouth with creamy textures, but still refreshing. The flavors are in line with the aromas, especially in regard to the nutty/almost light roasty flavors. The bulk is sweet caramel, with some spicey peppery Saaz-like hops. The flavors are darker and nuttier than I’d expect. Good balance between malt and hops. Clean, more or less, with only lingering spicy hops, that trails off just after the lasting sweetness.
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer has an orange-pinkish color, and a tiny white head. Smells malty and very sweet, candy, maybe some caramel. Tastes similar but much less of the caramel, and more of the hops and spice. A bitter and spicey finish.
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours light amber with a frothy white head. Aroma is mostly grainy malts with a little bit of hops. Nice slight hoppy bitterness in the flavor, but mostly slightly metallic bread/grainy malts. Medium bodied with a much nicer mouth feel than expected.
EithCubes (5554) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2014 Bottle. Malty aroma with veggies and light toast. Nose actually gets pretty nasty after a while. Clear amber pour with medium carbonation and a nice creamy beige head. Sweet malty flavor with caramel, toast, and more subdued veggies (which are the biggest knock here). Light fruitiness just under a more pronounced earthiness. Slightly sticky medium body. Bitterness is light enough to avoid detection ... just a trace in the aftertaste. Good chewy feel. Fresh and a little funky, middling but enjoyable. Certainly more interesting than Sam’s take. [2006.09.06: 2.6]
A fresh bottle almost four years later (new label, even) and the product is smoother, maltier, and more balanced - almost revelatory in relation to the stinker I had originally. [2010.08.25: 3.4]
Had two more fresh bottles, really, really enjoyed -- a bit sweeter than I usually look for in these kinds of beers, but sticky and attractive with a touch fruit above the complex malt. Every one I have drags the score up! [2014.09.26: 3.6]