bhensonb (14165) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 9, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Total WIne in Roseville. Darker gold color with a 3-finger white head. Aromas of grain and spicey hop. Medium body with creamy carbonation. It’s certainly different. It shows heat. It is grainy. It suggests a malt liquor in effect, but a top end version. Interesting.
FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a straw color with a thin white head. Some cloudiness, but looks more like a dirty cloudy, than a tasty cloudy. Aroma is light and grainy. Flavor is sweet grain and malt, with hints of raisin and dried fruit. Not much alcohol flavor for an 8% brew. Palate is medium bodied, kind of dead. Overall a drinkable beer, but not one of my favorites.
douglas88 (8457) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2008
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from College Liquors in Grand Junction, CO. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a small white bubbly head. The aroma is mostly skunky corn and grains. The flavor is pretty much full of sweet corn and other adjuncts, a sour mash, and skunked flavor. I’m not sure how fresh this was, but it was just a OK lager.
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle-pours a frothy to rocky and retaining white head and yellow/gold color. Aroma is sweet grain-caramel, grassy, some spicy hops. Taste is sweet grain-caramel, grassy, secondary spicy/herbal/earthy hops bitterness. Thanks jwc215 for sharing.
scottw86 (1167) - Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured a clear yellow/orange with a large white head. Aroma of apple juice and rice. Taste is pretty sweet with some hops. The finish isn’t too great, and you can tell there is more alcohol.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle marked as 8.8% ABV: Clear gold pour with a smallish head that dissipates. The aroma is malt forward with heavy notes of fresh dough, wet hay, wildflower honey. The body follows the same flow, lots of sweet malts. The ethery alcohol whispers in the background, hinting at this being a heavy hitter. Interesting style that is done well here.
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - SEP 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a tasty, nicely balanced strong lager that is very smooth and easy to drink while maintaining good flavour and body throughout. Dark gold, it has a big, off-white head that slowly shrinks and leaves a little lace. The aroma has bread, grapes, raisins, fruit , vanilla and riesling. It’s sweet and fruity (esp. grapes), with fresh sweet bread/bakery character and with a spicey, zesty quality. A pleasant, mild hop character balances the malt.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 30, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours gold with a thin white head. Smells of corn, some straw, alcohol. Tastes of dry malt and some hoppy hints with a boozy finish.
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear golden color with a big white head. Aroma of corn and some sweet malts. Sweet grainy flavor with some alcohol.
posty (5) - Crestwood, Kentucky, USA - JUN 30, 2008 does not count
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
The very mild, sweet, grainy lager aroma is extremely overpowered by the offensive smell of cheap, corn sugar alcohol. Pours a pale yellow/gold with no head to speak of. Tastes almost exactly like Steel Reserve, a very cheap and foul malt liquor styled ’lager.’ Heavy alcohol flavor and bite that masks an overly sweet, underhopped, undermalted beverage of little distinction. Overall, I was extremely disappointed that this came from the same brewery that makes the sublime, almost faultless Lion Stout. You are warned.