gam (3562) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown with red tinge good carbonation tan head aroma caramel hops coffee note flavour bitter caramel cooked flavours light roasted coffee or more chicory sweet like toffee or cocoa great with roast meal finish bitter rich lacks a bit of body.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Caramel brown pour with beige head. Aroma is some nutty malt, bread, and very light belgian-like fruit sweetness. Flavor is the same, sweet caramel and fruit malt base; complex but subtle and light roasted finish.
alexanderj (3405) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchase from Liquor Barn in Santa Rosa I believe. Poured a reddish tinted dark brown color with a huge light brown head. Aroma was much better than expected. Cocoa, earth, nuts, caramel and must. Some fruit. Very similar to a brown ale in the aroma. Flavor was pretty full, with bread, toffee, nuts, caramel and fruit. Some light cocoa presence. Slight hopping in the finish. Actually was very tasty.
notalush (5316) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark ruby - the aroma is doughy, nutty, with a slight earthy must, fruitiness and vegetal character - full but soft carbonation in the mouth - almost like a brown ale in flavor, with strong nutty flavor, moderate herbal bitterness - a little chalky and dry on the back end - slight hints of cocoa and bread at the end as well - earthy - an interesting and underrated beer.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Blackish pour, lightly filtered. Peanuty, roasty, clean aroma, bright. Gooey, nutty, rich in the mouth, very easy drinking. Earthy and mushroomy. This is a pretty solid beer here. Should probably go under schwarz as well.
marcus (7440) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brown ale poured with a creamy head that starts flowing when the bottle is opened. It tastes like a porter in that there are chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The malts are not cloying or sweet but rather nutty with a good deal of carbonation in the mouthfeel. It’s a seemingly underated beer.
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
ARMed and I are sharing a bottle of this and rating at the same time. Pours a dark caramel color with a tan head that is extremely foamy to start, and takes forever to disappear. Once the head settles down it is a nice porter. Lots of chocolate and roasted coffee in the aroma. Taste is also chocolatey, but not too sweet. This beer reminds me more of a porter or chocolate stoudt than a dark lager. Very decent overall.
ARMed (622) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep dark nut brownish ale with a thick strong dense head. Appearance is very good. Palate is sweet and caramel chocolate. The beer has a good flavor but it resembles a sweet after dinner chocolate drink.
Papsoe (25075) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle 37,5 cl) Pours a warm and almost clear amber golden with a neat and lively off-white head. Lightly burned malt in the aroma. Medium body with a very lively carbonation. Roasted malty accents and some nuts. Dry and lightly bitter finish. Mostly reminds me of a Brown Ale. 250308
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 11, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
11-Mar-08 (12.7 oz bottle: Purchased 10-Feb-08 for $5.69 at City Beer in San Francisco, CA) This seems to be a rather fancy bottle (and a large price tag) for just a simple dark lager. Once the oversized cap is removed and the beer is poured, it smells rather chocolaty, lightly roasty, mildly sweet, but also a bit sour and perhaps showing a touch of acetaldehyde. Tasting the beer, the non-sweet chocolate and mild roast set the core flavors, but it is a bit sour as well, with hints of apple skins in the finish. Medium in weight from start to finish, but the medium-strong carbonation is a bit too forceful and there is a slight, roasty astringency in the finish. Dark ruby in color and fully clear, capped by a tall, fluffy, light-tan head that shows wonderful persistence, never losing a complete layer atop the beer. This beer seems to have some nice potential, but the perception of off-flavors is a distraction.