Guerde (1200) - 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.
MadIndian (2512) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Notes of caramel malt, toffee, some and dark fruit. Finish was bready. Not bad.
Bobblehead (63) - Kansas, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle, caramel aroma, roasty, clear, brown, minimal head, tan foam, medium bitterness, average carbonation, long finish, medium body, good beer
phaleslu (7119) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft sample at Cincy Beerfest 2014 on Fountain Square. Pours a dark, somewhat cloudy amber, almost brownish, with a big beige head. Notes of toffee, brown sugar, cream, peat, earth, and dark fruits. The mouthfeel is way out of whack- both fairly high in malt/peat intensity and watered down at the same time. Very strange and uneven. Medium-high carbonation. Just clumsily made, from my read. Should be better. I’m surprised at the average score for this one.
slowrunner77 (6403) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Been lookin for this a long time. Beautiful pour - just like the pic without cool backlighting. a little on the sweet side with dark fruits, toffee...a little sugary sweet but fitting. The peatiness won me over instantly. More smoky in the flavor than the nose. Adds a really nice depth. at $2.50, a steal. A little too high on the residual sweetness with any age on it, still good though."
raize221 (6) - Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
09/12/2014 - From bottle in tulip glass.
Deep brown with liquor-like clarity, tan head. Malty caramel aroma with hints of pitted fruit and quite a bit of esters. Almost peaty, but not smokey. Tastes sweet up front, almost cloying. sharp bitter bite behind earthy malt. Finishes with an astringent, alcohol linger. Has a unique high note I can’t quite place.
Nice beer to curl up and sip at near a fireplace with a book, but can’t see myself reaching for one otherwise.
jsnicholas (311) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2014 Bottle (12oz $3.75): pours a deep brown. Bourbon and cocoa taste. Very drinkable. I like
Update 11/13/14. Dropped rating from 3.8 to 3.7. Seem to sweet today.
Mark_Eck (934) - - AUG 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark ruby color. Aroma and taste are sweet bready malts and dark fruits.
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark ruby with a small tan head and some lacing. Aroma is toffee, vanilla bean, and bourbon. Flavor is malt, dark fruits, plums, vanilla, caramel, light smoke, and a bit of sourness. Medium body with soft carbonation. Not bad.
Darkmagus82 (1919) - - JUN 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-8-12 -
Poured from bottle into snifter
Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a small off white head. The head fades fast to leave a thin film on the top f the beer.
Smell –Big aromas of roasted malt are in this brew. These are mixed with some darker fruit aromas of cherry and figs as well as notes of some whiskey and a warming alcohol smell.
Taste – A sweet fruit and malt flavor meet the tongue. They are quite big and bold. The malt has a heavy dark fruit bread flavor. Almost like a fruit cake made of only dark fruits. These flavors are present throughout the taste, but more toward the middle other flavors begin joining them. Flavors of some lighter fruits, whiskey, and a light burning alcohol flavor develop more and more as the taste moves toward its finish. In the end a very satisfying scotch soaked sweet fruit cake taste is left in the mouth. It’s really quite nice.
Mouthfeel – The body of this beer is thick and chewy. It is very fitting for the sweet robust flavor. The carbonation while on the lower end is very fitting and allows the thick and chewiness of the beer coat the tongue with all its flavors.
Overall – This is a really nice tasting brew. A wonderful brew to sit back and relax with; very quite soothing and warming.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like this brew. It looks pretty much as expected, a clear reddish brown body that soon becomes a mere film. So what? Really pleasant aroma - rich and malty, bread with treacle and a whiff of alcohol. The flavor is pretty much the same, rich and malty, except that the alcohol recedes, making this beer too dangerously drinkable. Not complex, but very, very good.