keanex (1547) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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 I’ve checked that were horrible in some way!
MartinT (8236) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 doesn’t 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 man’s brew, with few malt flavors to speak of, no hops or spices and little to no fermentation character.
joeneugs (3569) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glad to try this one. I just heard about the Kotbusser style recently and didn’t 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.
bb (7051) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
hershiser2 (1271) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
deyholla (7158) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
superspak (2923) - Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, dark bread, honey, molasses, chocolate, light nuttiness, pear, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, dark bread, honey, molasses, chocolate, light nuttiness, pear, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, dark bread, honey, molasses, chocolate, light nuttiness, pear, apple, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice altbier style. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
commonmac (452) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Busters. Dark brown and minimal head. Aroma is heavy on malt and a slight smoke presence. Taste does have molasses characteristics. A light, refreshing mouthfeel that stands in stark contrast to the darker roasted notes. I enjoy the relative thin mouthfeel but want a little bit more. Ends with mostly roasted malts and a subtle hop undertone. Decent attempt. Scurry is probably too aggressive but maybe saunter towards this one.
Funknmilla (727) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating from March 2014....Amber on the pour with a skimming of a tan head....honey honey honey!....oh dear that smells sweet.....the palate is a burst of malt mixed with honey and tainted with molasses(faint) at first .....really tasty--a linger of honey on the finish, which is very clean--not a heavy beer for the amount of scent and taste....a little caramel and a sour fruit (faint) finish
M82 (341) - Kansas, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A black to deep mahogany body sports cherry red highlights and honey amber trim beneath a crackling, fading, one inch, frothy-tight head creating a thick, tight ring
Lightly earthy, floral, clove, and mineral accents spice the aroma and flavors with honey and light dough creating a mid-tone which blends into an array of controlled bitter-sweet components covering nutty caramel, molasses, and medium roast coffee on a bubbly light plus body offering a spritzy dryness with lightly earthy, lightly sweet residuals of the previously mentioned characteristics, nice session
12oz bottle served at 45º into Ivrig White Wine glass