elihapa (1519) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured oily black from bottle, with a small tan head. Aroma is pretty mild, with roasts, faint espresso, and a bit of pruney-tartness. Flavor starts mellow, with some amusing dark fig-prune, medium-dark chocolate, and earthiness. Mouthfeel is medium in body, with large carbonation that reminded me of homebrew. Pretty decent Swarzbier, but missing that clean ash-roasts and meaty malt profile of the best in the style.
KapitiCritique (324) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - FEB 4, 2010
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
375 ml green bottle. Very ordinary. Thin off white head with minimal lacing, hazy dark brown colour and slight caramel and malt nose. Sweet without being cloying and slightly bitter undertones with weak finish. Medium body, somewhat creamy and a little too much carbonation. Not a keeper.
Beershine (5177) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, from store in Hanoi. Murky deep brown, opaque with scant head. Yeasty aroma is candy sugar, Belgian-influenced, dark sugars, chocolate-covered berries, cake. Easy palate is prickly at first but not high carbonation. Finish is abrupt. Thin, minerally, and dry. Flavors are not as complex as the aromas let on, it’s not a sophisticated brew but it is nice, has dry cocoa flavors.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown. A bit murky-looking. Interesting nose - dark toffee/molasses thing is promising. This character carries through on a medium body. At the end, there is some toastiness.
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 11, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Brown with reddish tinge and tan head. Sweet malt with little to no bitternes, chocolate etc. Small coffee notes. Not very exciting.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Very dark & opaque. Deep off white head that lasted for a while. Some lacing. Smell is all about the malt and in particular chocolate & roasted malt. Taste is very much built around the roasted malt. Quite nutty & a little smokey. A little think with minal mouthfeel. Could certainly drink a few of these.
Tmoney99 (9592) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at Knoxville Brewers Jam 2009.
Poured hazy brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting and excellent lacing. Moderate toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.
Session drinkable brew.
phaleslu (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Minibar in Queenstown. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is malty, with roast, hops, and caramel. The flavor is more of the same, along with some wood, molasses, and herbal notes. Medium bodied. Dry and roasty finish, with a roasty aftertaste. Good example of the style.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Such a mild little "pop" of the cork, I was surprised to see a few bubbles about to come out of the bottle. Brown color with a lovely hue of purple on the edges when held to the light. Tall, near rocky beige head. Aromas heavy with heavily caramelized malt. Hints of molasses, grass and roasted malt. Has some heft in the body, but that is quickly lost with very lively carbonation. Actually quite dry in flavor with only hints of pale malt and light fruit. Bits of herbal hops in the middle. LIght roasted malt in the finish along with some black malt acidity. A bit of roasted malt in the linger.
Leighton (8622) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a light brown with a fine, fluffy, lingering head. Nose of roasted malts, caramel and mild coffee. Flavor had notes of chocolate and caramel and coffee. Light with a slight sourness. Finished smooth. Pretty good.