lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown-orange, beige cover. Aroma is burnt caramel, toasty. Taste is burnt sugar, caramel, toasty, crisp finish.
madvike (2519) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Dark rosy brown pour with a small foamy white head. Real nutty on the nose, with some bready malt, an herbal note, and--crazily--a whiff of buttered popcorn salt. Hmm. Taste is fairly subdued, bready malt with a touch of hops, light caramel, a whiff of milk chocolate. Man...I could drink a case of this. Soft and velvety in the mouth. Fantastic.
Juelze (1131) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
New Glarus hits this one out of the park. Pours a rich ruddish-brown color with medium-sized, light tan head. Aroma is of rich caramel, mild cocoa, roasted grain and earthy hops. I’m not a bock guy by any means, but this one definitely changed my mind. Everything is in perfect balance and the amount of hop profile, not leaning way or the other, keeps this usually malt-forward beer interesting for a hop head like me. Delicious!
nearbeer (3373) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2010 12 oz. Thanks Lithy. Opaque dirty copper-brown with a lasting cream above. Nose is earthy spice, apples, cinnamon, and faint chocolate and molasses. Medium body is sorta smoothly carbonated, to the sweet side, and slightly astringent. Flavor is mild blend of earthy spices: old cumin, tired cinnamon and spent ginger with some sweet and sour rotten apple. Nice earthy fall flavors, but not really much to my liking.
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy copper color with a thick tan head. The aroma is that of your typical roasted malt but also has a trace of caramel. This brew is overall very rich and malty with a dry, grainy flavor and hints of passion fruit, raisins and toffee.
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a carmel chocolate, with a lacey head that forms at the edges. Mild tastes of dried fruits, and a hint of sweet chocolate. I think the Mid-high carbonation makes this beer a bit more easably drinkable.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle as and unsolicited gift thanks to BeerFMAndy. Big thanks for this tick. Oh, and look who’s the first non-Wisconsiner to tick this! The champ does it again.
Pours a deep reddish-maroon color with a large lacey off-white head that lasts forever.
The aroma is pretty nice with caramel and roasted malts, slight earthy hops and nuts.
Good flavor, only mildly sweet, with big caramel and nutty malts, slightly bready and toasty. Not too much hop presence, just a little earthiness.
Medium-bodied with a nice crisp mouthfeel yet a slight smoothness nonetheless.
Pretty nice beer overall. Not outstanding in any way, but good.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright lively German malting,with that swish of of almost fruit cany sweetness,just little hints of choclate cake,taste goes right for that fruit skin sharpness,kinda lose a lot of that malting,the kind that makes Ayinger so special,a little to fruity for my bock preferences
nuplastikk (4085) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Thick orange hued brown. Steady, thick, soapy head. Highly appropriate deep dark malt aroma. New Glarus really nails it with this one. Mellow, creamy mouthfeel. Incredibly fresh, with no alcohol burn, off flavors, or harshness to speak of. Luscious caramel chocolate tones, Mild, faint earthy hop bitterness, just enough to keep give it some balance. Simple, but perfectly executed.
cbfobes (2087) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours a very dark amber/brown with a fizzy white head, aroma of roasted grain with sweet malt and bread notes, the taste is heavy with bread notes mixed in with malt, enjoyable brew.