Guerde (1165) - 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 what’s 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 Leinenkugel’s, and the Big Eddy Series is still batting a thousand on my scorecard.
nsquishee (597) - 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. I’ll 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!