bpreo (1312) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark, with an aftertaste hinting at a Porter. Good job Ninkasi, for the first time in months they have sastisfied me.
gregwilsonstl (861) - USA - NOV 3, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber. Clear. Sweet malt. Candy tasting. Caramellized. Thin head. Delicious.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a fairly dark brown-ruby color with a finger of frothy off white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of roasted malts with hints of cocoa and coffee, a bit of vanilla and nuttiness, some earthy hops, and some lager esters.
T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark malts with some chocolate coming through and a bit of vanilla. Through the middle, some coffee comes through with some earthy hops and a hint of black licorice. The finish is a mix of roasted dark malts, cocoa, coffee, earthy hops, a touch of vanilla, and some lager esters.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, sweet, and astringent finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice smooth dark lager with good over balance and complexity.
jimmbo123 (43) - Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ OBF 2012. A brown pilsner, and the only pilsner I tried that at OBF 2012 that didn’t have that nasty phelonic flavor. Just a smooth roasty beer flavor.
Squizzle (90) - Idaho, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown solid lager. Quite tasty malt and little foam from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Love the name.
callmemickey (1849) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown body, medium off-white head, soapy lacing.Lightly roasty, crackery-bready malts, lightly earthy bitterness. Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, nice finish.
Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Out of the bottle from Uptown. Pours a dark brown with a small white head. Smell is slightly malty as well as the taste. Pretty solid lager.
bhensonb (9823) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at OBF. Pours towards cola color! Aroma suggests fruit and malt. Med body. Flavor is lightly darkish malt (whatever that means) with a fair amount of noble hop. Lightly spicy hop. It’s not an over the top beer, but it’s extremely flavorful. It just hurts my mind to think this is "International-Style Pilsener". I’d like to think it’s a tasty ale. Brown color? Apparently intentional. Brown is the description in the OBF guide book.
poisoneddwarf (1480) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown but looks red in the light; has a small beige head that falls after a minute or two. Aroma is faint toasted marshmallow, dark fruit. Taste is sweet with hardly any bitterness. It’s roasty, nutty, creamy. Pretty tasty.
troopie (2293) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Dark brown white headed beer. Much lacing. Balanced flavour between malt and hop. A bit of sweetness in the body. Some syrup in the finish.