Idiosynkrasie (6316) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Clear reddish dark amber colour with average, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, off-white head. Hoppy aroma with underlying, minimally toasty, malty notes, roasted dark bread, coffee-surrogate. Taste is grainy, toasty caramel malty, dry hoppy overtones; a bit thin, light-bodied, watery.
jfb (5431) - Freising, GERMANY - FEB 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) pours a clear ruby-amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of heavy roasted grain and popcorn, with light notes of cherries, bread dough and bubble gum. flavour is mostly the same, lots of grainy roasted malts, with additional notes of toffee, raisins and a light roasted-bitter finish. medium-bodied with average carbonation.
TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Brauerei Lindenbräu, November 2012: Bronze with golden highlights. Creamy white collar of foam. Wonderfully fresh and focused aromas of dark bread, licorice, caramelized sugar, and a hint of fruitiness. Gracefully soft carbonation. Fully malty, initially, yet with a beautifully dry edge of breadcrust and toasted pumpernickel bread. Ongoing development of juicy melanoidin thoroughly inundates the palate. Very mild but not overly sweet or overripe fruitiness rejuvenates the malt with a raisiny tinge. Highly quaffable due to impeccable malt extraction and clean attenuation. Deep-seated toasty Munich clutch gives way to bouncier vanilla wafer cookie kissed with unsweetened chocolate and sweet haylike notions. Smidgeon of hazelnut and browned toffee further deepen the captivating malt complexity. Some cakey heftiness in there, as well. Lovely candylike bock presence shines through, though it doesn’t at all approach cloying levels. Raisin jam is tempered by a spicy alcohol glow at the throughly malty finish. A rather fine example of malt nuance and intricacy. Clean, resoundingly deep, well-structured and multilayered. A beer of exceptional detail.