jdog76 (85) - madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2004 I thought this beer is one of Leinendugels better ones. Nice aroma. Smooth creamy taste. The drawback is that is was a bit to watery
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The one good thing that I can say about this beer is that it is drinkable, malty-ish in the nose and taste. Darker colour with very thin brown head that leaves good lacing on the glass. As for the taste there is some kind of stale maltness going on, i dunno.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2004
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reddish-copper color. Has a thin, white-oh wait a second-it's gone. Sweet malty aroma. Heavy sweet malty flavor not matching its thin mouthfeel. I do like many sweet beers, but this one isn't great. No real standout flavors, needs some hop character. The Schell Doppelbock I had was much better. Aroma gets worse as it sits- a hint of an overdue diaper change in the background. An alright beer, and priced the same as all other Leinie's. But I won't buy again.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ruby colored body with a fast fading tan head. Aroma had hints of a syrupy sweetness. Flavor was acceptable but not noteworthy. Not what one would expect of a doppelbock.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured dark with a small head that disappeared quickly.Had a nice sweet aroma.Great smooth mouthfeel.Had a little bit of a aftertaste.A great beer by leinie!
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2003 Vintage, pours a deep garnet with a quickly disappearing off-white head and very little lace. The aroma is malty. The flavor is malty like a Doppelbock, but with some strange off flavors in the middle. The palate is medium rich. This is good for a Leinenkugel beer, but rather week for the style.
nflmvp (13) - Fox Valley, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 Admittedly, I am a Leinie’s fan. It comes from growing up and going to school within a stones throw (not literally) of the Leinenkugel brewery. That being said, I consider this to be one of their better brews. I particularly enjoy how drinkable it is. I’m not a fan of heavy hops and this one doesn’t over do it. It pours a nice dark brown and with a tanish head. It goes down with a light sweetness followed by a roasty malt and molasses profile. I find this to be very drinkable even though it may not be an award winner. Tap me another one, will you?
ElGaucho (2280) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This brew had the highest overall rating among 12 beers featured in a beer tasting party I hosted in April 2002. The other beers included were Lefthand Deep Cover Brown, Victory Hop Devil, Goose Island Kilgubbin Red, Moosedrool, North Coast Old Rasputin, Northwoods Red Cedar Ale, Samuel Adams IPA, Schell Doppelbock, North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner, Pilsner Urquell, and Mendocino Black Hawk Stout. Obviously, the bulk of the attendees were not exactly aficionados. Nevertheless, Big Butt was a solid beer that held its own. Boy has that changed. This year's version is a one-dimensional maltfest that almost bores you to sleep. It has a rich, sweet roasted malt, molasses aroma and smells like it has a healthy alcohol presence. Small, light tan head with reddish brown body. Reasonably good lace. Malty and on the thin side. Has a hint of bourbon cask. Doesn't have a pervasive hop profile. Doesn't make the taste buds sing. Decent but nothing overly special. It is still probably Leinie's best. No, I take that back. The Creamy Dark is more enjoyable now.
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
This left a lot to be desired. It did not have any strong taste of hops or any bitter taste. There was very little head on the pour. Easy to drink and goes well with a burger.
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
To me, this is a standout beer in Leinenkugels lineup. I'm not a fan of any other of their beers, but the Big Butt is very good. It has a smooth finish with just a hint of sweetness.