dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2008
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
interesting pour: dark purple, no head. the aroma so so subtle that i only caught air. the sour-sweet flavor was not enjoyable. the sour finish sticks with you. and the sweetness in the flavor is mush too overpowering for me.
BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice full frothy head that falls at a normal pace. Deep deep red beer, very nice. Light burnt malt aroma with a strong chocolate smell. A little on the sweet but the flavor comes out nice on the after taste.
DietPepsican (1546) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Yeasty chocolate aroma. flavor of chocolate, yeast, and malt. Finishes thin, high carbonation.
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from ketchepillar. Thanks!
Pours a transluscent dark brownish maroon color with a medium fizzy tan head. Smell is dusty cocoa, with chocolate malt. Taste is similar with a slightly thin body and dusty cocoa/choclate flavor. Pretty drinkable with medium carbonation and not bad at all. Friendly, easy drinking, but simple beer.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thin dark brown in color with a short-lived head. Subtle light malt smell - very light. Flavor is a bit bland and not very exciting. Highly carbonated and just average overall.
kramer (5431) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle, via iowaherkeye. Pours a clear ruby brown body with a small fizzy beige head that faded quickly. The nose is very grainy and husky with some nutty and light chocolate malt. The flavor is equally grainy and fairly dry with notes of lightly roasted coffee, nutella, and light German hops on the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a husky texture and lots of fizzy carbonation. Overall, not an especially pleasing beer, though I will concede, this may in fact be close to a decent interpretation of the style from an American viewpoint.
mmmbeer (1335) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from ketchepillar- poured into snifter- poured semi transparent very darken brown amber, light tan head quickly bubbled away, medium carbonation. Aroma of roasted malt, with hints of caramel and chocolate. Hits the mouth with a medium defined body, alcohol seems to hit you in the middle, finish of chocolate and a small spit of hops. Surprisingly drinkable.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Bockyhorsey - My first Iowa beer. Yeeaaa! Pours a clear brown color with a 3/4 finger thick light tan head. Aroma is caramel malt, a touch of chocolate, and herbal hops. Flavor is much of the same. What I like about this beers is the malt doesn’t linger on the palate. Light to medium body. A good beer. Thanks Bill.
hopscotch (10200) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Clear, deep, dark, ruby ale with a mid-sized, fizzy, khaki head. Good, tight, creamy retention. Restrained, nutty, chocolate aroma. Malty flavor leans on the sweet side of balance... medium sweetness; gentle bitterness. Toasted nuts and grains. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Sweet, dark fruit, chocolaty finish. Thanks to pepsican for floating this brew my way!
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours to a flat, dark brown color with virutally no head, carbonation or lacing. Nosde is a very strong, very pleasant mix of malty sweet caramel and chocolate. Although the body is fairly thin, the mouthfeel delivers with a sweet tingly sensation. Flavor is a continuation of the malt chocolate and caramel, with a hint of alcohol entering near the end.
Finish was a nice, long, sweet and warming. I enjoyed this even in the dead of summer, though I can see how it would be more enjoyable next to a fire as a true winter warmer. Just a little too sweet to have more than one.