Skyview (5345) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Cellars Wine & Sprits in Shorewood, MN. Pours an opaque dark brownish amber with a fast dissipating beige head that leaves behind some spotty lacing and an off-white ring. Aroma of dark chocolate, a hint of toffee, some light pumpernickel, and a touch of swiss cheese. Taste is medium bodied, with some toasted dark malt, a hint of chocolate malt, floral hops and some caramel. Finishes is quite balanced and tastes like a light porter with minimal bitterness and a slowly disappearing chocolate malt aftertaste. More of an American dark lager than a wheat ale.
BVery (8186) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Very dark pour, fairly thick looking. Beige head. Sweet caramel, a touch of rye, a bit of fig. Not really sure what they were targeting with this one - bottle says winter wheat, style says dark lager, and it plays more like a sweet porter. But not bad.
JK (5123) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is surprisingly solid for the $.99 I paid for the bottle. Black, and low carbonation. Light lager yeast aroma with grain. Flavor has raisin, wood, and sweet malt with figs. Very much a winter beer, and not bad at all. Finish of roasted malt.
steelers (35) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this beer and took a bottle out to Pittsburgh for some freinds to try. They loved it, so do I. It’s a seasonal brew, hard to find. If you are able to get your hands on this beer, you have to try it! Almost black in color with a nice mahogany head. Being a wheat beer didn’t exspect so much complex flavors. The dark roasted malt and caramel flavors gives way to a slight wooden note and makes this dark beer almost drink like a lighter beer. It’s too bad it’s not a all year round brew.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep chocolatey brown. Decent eggshell head. Aroma is sweat and roasty, very malty. Flavor much the same with a surprising amount of complexity. I like.