WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz, bonus via trade with someone a little while back. Pours orange and tan ring. Nose is sweet and syrupy. Taste is sweet and just ok, a bit soapy.
Felsenbrau (19) - Middletown, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Sampled 2/02/2009. Pours mostly clear brownish copper colour with vanishing head but enduring lacing. Smell of soap, alcohol, spices, (roses?). Taste of dark chocolate, straw, soap, enduring bitter finish. Moderately thick mouthfeel. Not my faviorite "winter ale", but would probably buy again.
Brigadier (2610) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle
**Summary** - Every time I make a trip to Cincinnati I pick up a few singles of Moerleins. They make some decent beers but nothing I would pick up a sixer of. This one was as I expected - solid but not spectacular and worth the $1.50 I paid.
**Aroma / Appearance** - A thin layer of whitish head floated to the top. Below was a copper brown body with lots of carbonation. Nutmeg, cinnamon, malt, and a handful of other spices melded into a sharp and mildly sweet nose. The total package was a bit like graham crackers with honey drizzled on top.
**Flavor / Palate** - Somewhat on the thin side it was very drinkable. Borderline sessionable I could imagine drinking a few of these in a night if it were not for the sweetness. Graham crackers, honey, ginger snaps and nutmeg trade off appearances before a dry bready finish. It is nothing special in the grand scheme of things but a nice change at this time of year.
Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Soft, soapy, ale-y aroma that I really liked. Interesting label. Dark, clear, tea-colored red-brown. A roasty, tart ale with light astringency. Someplace between an American brown ale and a Brit pale ale. Mouthy, but not too thick. Roast bittering builds. A pithy/starchy, gelatinized backend with a slightly roasted finish. There is a little bit of a lack of cohesiveness, it’s a bit sewn-together but overall, this is an excellent beer for the price -- it’s interesting.
PorterPounder (4945) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors. 12 oz bottle. Medium copper, light white head. Toffee-like aroma, hints of root beer. Flavor has some toffee accents, some baked brown bread and a faint mention of licorice. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Decent cold November night companion.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber in color with a nice inch of frothy head. Head quickly recedes to a ring around the top of the glass. Smell is spice and malty. There is a definite "winter" scent in this beer. Almost a mint and pine smell. Smells refreshing. Taste is more hops than I was expecting. This is a good beer. Nice crisp mouthfeel. Just may be my favorite offering from Moerlein.
RileyOBaba (33) - , Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a great tasting winter ale from a brewery that makes almost exclusively german style beers.......bigtaste but amber colored rather than deep red like most winter ales......a gem
alexsdad06 (3835) - Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a deep amber color with an average size creamy white head. The aroma is moderately sweet malt, caramel, fruits and nuts. The flavor opens with moderately sweet caramel malt and dark fruits. Later, it almost has a spicy bread quality. An attempt at hoppy bitterness tries to come through in the finish, but is not enough. Overall, this is fairly well done and I am encouraged by the new beers Moerlein has started to offer in recent months.
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAR 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to alexsdad06. Pours an amber with small white head. Very malty nose with caramel and toasted nut. Flavor is roasted sweet malt with hints of toasted malt. Nice creamy texture with slight bitter hoppy finish, almost a heavy roasted coffee bite at the end.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. thanks alexsdad for this extra. pours clear ruby with creamy white head. a really sweet matly aroma with nuts and mild dark fruits. flavor is bready, bland mild chocolate and dark fruits. not much going on in the flavor dept. an odd hoppy bitterness coming through but not much hop flavor. a big hop flavor in this would be killer and remind me of GI X-mas 07. a nice brew and I would enjoy this while walking around the Christkindl market in Chicago in sub-zero temps.