KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. The pour was a clear medium brown with a enormous (4+ finger) light tan frothy head that lasted throughout and had some excellent spotty sheets of lace.
The aroma was of a roasted dark bread malt, a pine hop and a musty yeast with notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee and dark fruit (raisins and prunes).
The taste was nice and malty with a touch of toffee sweetness and a hint of chocolate from the beginning then proceeded to become mildly bitter and hoppy with a note of coffee and just a light presence of dark fruit towards the end. The flavor lasted a decent while after the swallow with a nice roasty hoppiness left lingering on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was a shade or two under medium in body with a nice dry texture and an almost fizzy carbonation.
Overall an impressive roasty brew. Sweet, bitter and quite malty, it had it all going on...
jbruner (2415) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep brown on tap with minimal tan oily head that leaves light lace. Aroma is roasted malt covered by lager yeast and fruity esters. Taste leans away from the today and mite toward sweet fruity esters and malt. Solid for the style, but unimpressive overall.
scotchzombie (355) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very dark cola brown with a decent tan head that shows some legs. Aroma is bready malts and toasted grains. Perhaps a touch of caramel. Taste is quite rich - roasted caramel and toffee malt with a fine balance of noble hops. Dry finish with mild bitterness. Very good variation of the style.
aracauna (3126) - Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice nuttiness in the aroma and flavor. Really more like a light-bodied brown ale than a typical dark lager.
DCLawyer (1544) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sampler. Medium brown with offwhite head. Sweet malts with molasses and nuts. OK.
snoworsummer (2293) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle. Pours hazy brown with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like roasted malt, light sweetness, light earth. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like toasted malt, dried fruits, light raisin.
sonnycheeba (3677) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours hazy brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is toasted and cereal malts, light woody notes, light dates, and some mixed notes. Flavor is bready malt base, light toast, some dark fruit notes, faint hops, and light woodiness. Medium body and carbonation.
JHeath99 (1082) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a ring of off white head. Aroma and taste of roasted malts and chocolate.
tnkw01 (1171) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Beautiful chestnut brown with a nice off-white head. Taste is a toasted grain, not burnt bitterness.
Sammy (8833) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fair dunkel, recent bottle from NC trip. A bit much on licorice taste. Above average mouthfeel. Decent drinkability.
solidfunk (4303) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very drinkable lightly roasted beer. Pours black with reddish tint and without much head or lacing. Light bitter finish. Grainy and good for style. Tap at rustico ballston