MunBro (453) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark and malty, interesting balance between the light hops and roasted malts. Nice chocolate notes, too.
beerbastard (712) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Dark Brown pour. My first Alt rating. Had the real thing in Dusseldorf. This isn’t. Nice beer, but not outstanding in anyway. Distant hop aromas, with mild malts. Mild caramel taste with some mild hop bitterness.
zoucrew102 (581) - - NOV 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber, thanks ctomson! Caramel malt aroma with notes of dark fruit and hops. Pours very dark brown with a thin light brown head and very little lacing. Starts well with the sweetness from the caramel and dark fruit interacting well together. The finish starts out good as well with a dry finish and nice mellow flavors of hoppy citrus. After the sip is complete, the flavor turns very bitter almost harshly so. Very good beer, but the aftertaste leaves something to be desired.
reebtogi (4303) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bomber pours a deep amber color with a 2 finger off-white head that has decent retention and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel and dark pitted fruit with some grainy notes. Taste is a caramel and dark fruit sweetness with a grassy and herbal hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Tastes more like a bock or milder doppelbock, but still a pretty tasty beer.
Danyel (1047) - Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2014
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with red hues and off-white head. Aroma is chocolate, a little figgy, nuts, roast. Taste is thin, low carbonation, weirdly bitter....Overall, no good.
e303 (111) - - NOV 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to pint glass. Bready and caramely with some fig and grain mixed in. Nice winter beer.
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andrewje41 (585) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drafy pour at special brews. Pours a dark brownish red color with a ton of head and lacing. Overly sweet bready aroma. Very rich flavor with a lot of bready flavor and sweet caramel malt. Definitely a beer for when there is snow on the ground. Nor my favorite that’s for sure. Wouldn’t call it bad.
Darkmagus82 (1783) - - OCT 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bomber into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep ruby red color, nearing on looking light brown, with a huge and creamy tan colored head that has an amazing level of retention. The head very slowly fades over time to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is super heavy of a spent grainy smell mixed with some fruity aromas of a more dark stone fruit nature containing smells of cherry, plum, and fig. Along with these aromas come some notes of a roasted malt as well as a bit of molasses.
Taste – The taste begins drier then would have been expected from the nose, but just as grainy and malty as I would have expected. It begins with a slightly roasted and very grainy malt taste mixed with some light molasses sweetness. The graininess gets even more intense with a bit more roast and some hay coming to the tongue toward the end. Along with these flavors so too comes a bit of a warming alcohol taste as well as a loss of most of the molasses. In the end, with the transitions that occur, one is left with a very grainy and malty spent grain flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side for an altbier of 7.2 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the average side. For the style a little bit of a thicker body may have been more traditional, but in light of the rather massive spent grain flavor, the lighter body was actually quite nice.
Overall – Very malty and grainy with a lower level of sweetness. Not a bad altbier, but not the easiest drinking either. A nice one to try and good if you are not feeling anything sweet.
hopwine (374) - Bend, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bready, caramelized sugar, fruit cake nose. Flavor is same plus mild cocoa, roast, light citrusy bitterness.
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"highly roasted malts and very slight spices on the nose. colored like a black lager. nice body and dry finish. was actually my least favorite of the 3 Ninkasis, but that’s only cuz the others were quite good."