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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Honey beer with molasses and oats

Just cause itís dark and German doesnít mean itís an alt. Based on the obscure Kottbusser style of beer, this surprisingly dry beer retains all the aroma and nuance of honey (from bees) and molasses (not from bees) creating a perception of sweetness through cool, controlled fermentation. Because weíre sweet enough damn it.

Grain Bill: Pils, Dark Munich, Chocolate Malt, Wheat Malt, Flaked Oats
Hops: Northern Brewer, Hallertau Hersbrucker, Strisselspalt
Adjunct: Honey, Molasses
13.5 Plato


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbruner (2715) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Pours a hazy off brown with thin off-white head that leaves minimal lace. Aroma of dark fruit and yeasty esters. Taste follows wroth a hint of smoky on the back end. Solid but not amazing.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
sigh_borg (87) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Pours solid opaque chocolate brown with small head that disappears immediately. Aroma is honey, grape, and grain. On the palate a really weird transition of flavors that I canít describe. Getting a smoky taste too- I think thatís the molasses. The body on this incredibly thin, which seems wrong for the flavor profile (or perhaps Iím just not familiar with this style). Taste and aroma are fine but the mouthfeel is awful to the point of making me want to pour this down the drain. Disappointing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (4330) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Location: 12 oz bottle from State Line, 2/21/15

Aroma: The aroma is somewhat sweet, some smokey notes, nuts, caramel, molasses, and chocolate
Appearance: It pours a clear brown color with a light red hue, a tan head, and light, spotty lace
Flavor: The flavor is light-medium sweet, same components as the nose, earthy, slightly bitter finish
Palate: The body is medium, leaning light, with an average carbonation, and a fairly short duration
Overall Impression: Thought this was a decent beer overall, but it just felt a little too lacking to get a higher score from me than this. Itís a solid beer, but it isnít quite up to the level of the other Off Color beers Iíve rated.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dragonfly1 (498) - Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Pours very dark, little to no head. Spicy aroma, like a bock or steam beer. Bitter right away, and then heavy chocolate malt, even smoky. Not getting any honey. The heavy malt outweighs any flavor nuance that might be present. Interesting.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
keanex (1565) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2015
No bottle date.
Glass: New Belgium globe glass.
Appearance: Near opaque reddish brown body with a short tan head that barely rouses.
Aroma: The honey comes through strongly, sort of figgy or cherry fruits throughout with a dash of dark chocolate.
Taste: Oxidized. some honey is noted, but big concord grape. Likely old.
Palate: Near flat and medium bodied.
Overall: Wellp, two Off Color beers now Iíve checked that were horrible in some way!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8262) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Honey and chestnut sugars limp onto an ashen aftertaste in this strangely forgettable time-travel brew.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A fleeting head of foam covers the ruby-tinged dark brown.
-The flavor profile lacks depth and the finish is particularly empty.
-Carbonation is almost fizzy, which doesnít work with this type of flavor profile at all, imho. 15 minutes later, the beer is almost flat. Flat and uniformly sweet...
-The middle is quite fruity (date-like, for example).
-No idea if this rating is an indictment of the Kotbusser style or of this Off Color interpretation. In any case, it tastes like a poor manís brew, with few malt flavors to speak of, no hops or spices and little to no fermentation character.

Bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (3688) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Glad to try this one. I just heard about the Kotbusser style recently and didnít realize this was one of them. It pours a very dark mahogany color with a small fizzy off white head. The aroma is chocolaty with hints of honey, coffee and wheat. The flavor is rather thin and roasted with lots of coffee, hints of cocoa powder and molasses. Thin, fizzy body without much honey, but it does finish on a sweet note with some Dr. Pepper. Ok, but uninspiring overall.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (7068) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle. Mahogany beer with a tan head. caramel and honey aroma with oats. Caramel and light wheat flavor with light molasses. Medium bodied Wheat and light lemon lingers with caramel and light molasses.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hershiser2 (1286) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle from Wine Warehouse, CHO. Pours very dark brown with an inch of frothy tan head. Smells of brown sugar, molasses, oats, leaves, grass. Taste is molasses, roasted nuts, leaves, oats. This beer is very different, just not my style.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (7374) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with a grayish light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of toffee, molasses and honey with a bit of underlying sweet chocolate. Flavor has lots of molasses as well with some sweet honey, toffee and a touch of chocolate.


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