on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
freekyp (1692) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Pours reddish brown with a huge foamy head. In fact, the head is most of the glass. I sense an issue here. Smells of molasses, light smokiness, and earthy malts. Usually a combination I am very partial to. In this case, however, the beer itself is somewhat thin, and way overcarbonated. Think molasses soda with double the carbonation of normal soda. The flavor is not at unpleasant, but the bubbles are, and likely not planned. Iíd like to try a fresher bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (2876) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Thinking this was an altbier, but ah, yeah, somewhat close eh, but whatís a "kossbusser", lol, ha, donít look at me despite my German background, Iím lost. This is based only on observations, and will revisit as I learn more about whatever the hell "kossbussers" are. So, yeah, poured into a stange, hereís the rest, (donít even know if I did it right tonight), (maybe pissed that the Eagles lost to the d-bag cowfuckiní girls). The appearance was a dark brown color ranging close to a black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within a quick minute. Lacing, uh...yeah, not there. The smell, wow, uh...thereís a whole lot going on - slight smokey to meatiness with a semi-thick sweet honey to somewhat thin molasses thing goiní on. The taste was mainly sweet with a slight smokey to honey underneath rolling into a light dried molasses flavor. Thereís no aftertaste and a slight quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium. Carbonation runs really light, and I donít mind that as it leads to a sweet sticky sort of feel slyly clinging to my tongue. Overall, uh...well, I liked it for me, but like I said earlier, I have no clue what a "kossbusser" is supposed to be. I looked at it as an altbier and yeah, way better than a Long Trail Ale or an Alaskan Amber, so I almost donít even think its fair to compare. Just drink it, if you see it and donít compare to anything else on the American market.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HourGlass13 (358) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Pours up a deep reddish brown with a thick foamy tan head. Aroma is malt, oat, and light molasses. Taste is sweet with honey and light molasses. It gets a somewhat smoky earthy malt backbone, and a oat flavor. Very carbonated, almost to a fault. Its like a very fizzy seltzer water gone crazy. Itís ok, but not something I would get again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
6ROW (458) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2015
3 finger dense off white head , dark brown pour. Sweet and malty with not apparent hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5638) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 14, 2015
My first Kottbusser. Hooray! Dark red, huge foamy head. Smells like molasses, with a touch of honey. Very toasty, roasty flavors, with a lot molasses and toasty. Very rich, very dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steverus0 (237) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - AUG 11, 2015
Black in the glass with a quickly dissipating light bubble head. Lightly molasses and malty on the nose with the distinct hit of what might almost seem a porter thanks to the chocolate malts. Thickly filled in the palate but curiously dry with a high effervescence that rolls the oaty character through quickly. An interesting brew, but probably not a go-to unless you need something clean finishing that's also got interesting flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bartzluke (400) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 3, 2015
12 oz pour from room temp bottle while camping in Minnesota. Molasses color and opaque with intense carbonation. Bottle fizzed over when opened. Lots and lots of carbonation. Nose is light-- oats, a little sweetness (maybe from the honey?), a little light woody smell. Taste is great. Lots of oats, honey, and molasses, but nicely balanced. Dry, yet sweet. Thin, yet smooth. Really interesting beer, and unlike anything Iíve had beer. Great packaging as well. The bottle art is pretty, and the information about the beer is detailed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (4675) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2015
From a bottle this is a very dark beer with a pillowy alabaster head. Label on the bottle is quite interesting in composition. Mild laid back aroma of malt, possibly some cola and chocolate as well. Starts off with a mild stout attitude. Mild co2. Yes, quite different even tho it is stoutish but its not in yer face. Leaves a warming sensation down the gullet. Unique flavors hiding in the background leaves me a bit nervous. Couldnít drink a bunch of this but, ok for a one timer because its a unique experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (2843) - New York, USA - JUL 31, 2015
Bottle at home. Brown pour big beige head. Nose is soft fruit and cola. Tastes of cola, caramel, molasses, earthy bitters, cocoa, slight honey. Light palate. More subtle than expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (4291) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2015
12 oz. Unclouded, deep mahogany with a lasting film of bubbles. Nose is whole grain toast, light berry and oat. Tastes of dark bread, toasted nut, dry grass and a long finish of cocoa and honey. Near-medium body has a good balance but a little too much fizz.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 26

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50