Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured light-medium amber with a short-lived off-white head. The aroma picked up warm dark fruits and molasses, with accents of vanilla and not-very-smoky peat. The flavor found more of the fruit than anything else.. molasses, caramel, and peat joined.. greener, herbal bitterness and a kiss of black pepper around.. finished dry and belly-warming, with an aftershock of peat. Heavier-bodied and malt-forward on the palate.. high-ish carbonation.. quite dry.. overall a warm and enjoyable drinker.
Lemke10 (826) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I purchased a 4pack of this from Woodmanís in Janesville, WI for $10.89 in Early 2012.
Pours a medium brown color with a slight head. Scent is mostly of malts, but some hints of oak and nuts are present. The taste is more than you would expect from the smell. There is a smooth, malty tone in the taste that is reasonably bold. There are also some citrus, earthy hints hidden within. A refreshing beer that has great drinkability to go alone with a decent taste. Would like to see a little better price on it, but what can you do?
Trev (1960) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pour is a nice mohagany amber with a medium off white head.
aroma is peaty smoke, cherry wood, light tobacco.
flavour is dark fruit, medium maltiness. light toffee and smoke. seems a bit thin on the palate, but is very smooth overall.
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with a very small head. Bready aroma with light berries. Strong caramel flavor. Lots of malt and bread. As it warms, a lot of fruit and berry character. Odd for the style, but it works.
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep ruby with nice clarity. A vigorous pour gave me a half finger head of creme brulee that dissipates within a minute.
On the nose thereís caramel, slight peat, some sort of soft spice if you really snort at it, itís a cinnamon or something maybe, big malts.
Quite smooth on the tongue for both the style and the alcohol content. Caramel, toffee, roasted malts almost to the point of a slight sourness, rather nice. Some fruity sweet grain after-burn.
Could be a bit thicker. Iíd appreciate a bit more carbonation but thatís always my complaint with wee heavies. Consistent with others Iíve had, I suppose.
Iím glad to see Leinenkugelís reach outside of their comfort zone. So far Iíve been pleasantly surprised with both this and the RIS. Iím anxious to test out the brews to come in the Big Eddy series - IIPA and a Baltic Porter from what Iíve heard.
Guerde (1184) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) Pours a clear dark red color with an off-white head that poured out medium, but quickly settled to just a thin cap. Aroma of cherry hard candy, actually substantially so, red vines licorice, and accompanying scents of bread dough, light smoke, faint booze, and a bit of rum and golden raisin glazed ham. Flavor is full of caramel, salt, cherry (a more fresh than processed representation here), and a stronger finish of smoke than whatís present in the aroma that lingers for awhile. Very little suggestion of the high abv, as the alcohol is expertly masked. The mouthfeel is medium to full, and the carbonation is a touch spritzy. Overall this is a very successful brew from Leinenkugelís, and the Big Eddy Series is still batting a thousand on my scorecard.
nsquishee (615) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Single 12oz bottle from Zipps:
Peaty and sweet aroma and a deep red color. Very nice palate: tart, bubbly, syrupy, and refreshing. Tastes bitter/tart followed by raspberry/strawberry sweetness and finishing with a wine barrel-like tannic finish. Very complex and tasty. Iíll definitely grab some more of these.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear dark amber with nice off white head. Aroma is malty and full of yeast created fruity notes. Some raspberry as well as dark fruits stick out the most. Flavor starts off malty with a slight bitterness to balance it with a sweet and fruity finish. The mouthfeel on this is wonderful and thick. Very pleasant pour, huge thanks to the Alaskan rep at The Dabbler for this!