jbruner (2698) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
sigh_borg (87) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
ben4321 (4322) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
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.
Dragonfly1 (498) - Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
keanex (1560) - 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 Iíve checked that were horrible in some way!
MartinT (8247) - 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 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.
joeneugs (3679) - 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 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.
bb (7052) - 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 (1285) - 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 (7266) - 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.