fidelis83 (1953) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very nearly clear, medium, coppery brown with a 2 finger, very creamy, beige head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, toast, cereal, earth, a touch of dark fruit, cocoa and some grassy, spicy hops. Flavor is caramel, sweet cereal, a touch of bittersweet chocolate, rye-like grain notes (though I don’t think this contains rye), earth, grassy and spicy hops, picks up a little more of a sweet, fermenting grain note as it warms. Palate is medium bodied, creamy on entry, has a soft, blanketing carbonation and off dry finish. Really good stuff, great cold weather beer. Rich, hearty malt on entry, without being too sweet, tapering off to be well balanced with just enough spicy hops to keep it lightly on the malty side and finishes fairly crisp to keep it refreshing.
Travlr (11812) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottles courtesy of nuplastikk, thanks! Deep amber color, tiny beige head. Aroma of burnt caramel. Taste is slightly salty, bittersweet, very malty. Not bad.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice toffee and dark fruit nose. Taste is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, just a touch metallic, decent herbal hops, touch of caramel and bread, some light raisins. Solid.
Ratman197 (9800) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, dark fruit and light molasses. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of carmel, brown sugar and light fruittiness with a smooth malty finish.
Skyview (5208) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 12-oz bottle, picked up from Trigs 70 Cellar in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, pours a semi-clear brown colored brew with a creamy off-white head that has some excellent lacing and retention. Aroma of chocolate and toffee, floral hops, and a hint of dark pitted fruits. Taste is medium bodied, malty with flavors of chocolate malt, caramel, a hint of banana esters and dark pitted fruits. Finish is quite smooth, a short lived mild bitterness and then a chocolate/caramel malt aftertaste.
badgerben (4400) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown, dark reddish color with a medium head. Rich malt and caramel aroma. Slightly fruity, almost banana-ish. Flavor is big and malty. Strong Munich, buttery character. Oddly high carbonation for a bock, but not unpleasant.
nsquishee (598) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity and malty nose. Pours a slightly cloudy red/brown color. Not a ton of flavor, but has some nice drinkable malts. This has a very nice, bubbly palate. This one is a great session beer for the fall. I would definitely buy again.
GemalzteGerste (33) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma was a bit lacking, what was there was a relatively pleasant, almost coffeeish smell. Appearance was a lovely dark brown. Taste was smooth. A bit thin perhaps, but overall a very good example of the style.
satan165 (1019) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is muted cocoa, charcoal, smoke from a distant fire. Light stone fruit sweeteness. Appearance is hazy brown, opaque except at edges. Flavor is Smokey joe, big but pleasant sweetness. Light bbq grill briquettes resident. Well defined example of the style.
scoobysnak (329) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not very impressed with this. Which is unusual for a NG. Good looking beer with a rich almost chocolate color, and nice head retention. The taste just didn’t do it for me. Malt, caramel and toast. But also a metallic flavor that lingered throughout the beer.