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RATINGS: 251   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ARH (830) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2015
12oz bottle, poured into a snifter. The aroma starts sweet with a sharp berry, but it fades quickly, revealing earthy dark fruit, and wood notes with a rich molasses, chocolate. honey note and a hint of baked rye bread and grape jelly late. It pours a dark, deep caramel color with a thin soap white head thatís unstable and fizzy, leaving only trace retention and no lace. The taste is a slightly north of medium bitter and a complimentary medium syrup sweet. The texture is slightly chewy, but not thick, with a slick feel and fizzy carbonation. The medium full body is like a molasses cookie with chocolate chips and raisins. It finishes with a zip of rye, chocolate and molasses that leaves a moderate, chocolate syrup aftertaste with hints of bread crust and a light earthiness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fraternie (909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Black licorice and dark malt on the palate. Rough, loamy fecal finish. Something is off here, lingers on a foul note.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
airrick2003 (684) - Louisiana, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Appearance: pours with a medium tan head that dissipates pretty quickly, the beer is black, I don't see much color on the edges either, Aroma: faint coffee, Taste: faint coffee, slightly sweet, has a subtle coffee bitterness on the finish, Palate: full and frothy mouthfeel, minimal aftertaste, average carbonation, Overall: while not especially flavorful it's got an excellent mouthfeel, sweet but not so sweet that it's not sessionable, oats probably help the mouthfeel ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christpuncher (1949) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2015
This is considered an old ale but I would say a porter. Very smokey and ham flavored. Smells smokey as well. Pours black with a dark tan head. Had out of a bottle at home. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (3443) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2015
12 oz bottle from Mollyís Spirits. Black appearance with a small tan head that fully dissipates. Aroma of dark nutty malts, cocoa, wheat bread, light honey and toasted grains, molasses and light licorice. Similar flavor, malty and mildly sweet with a light earthy bitterness. Average body, a little thin on the palate.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sherm1016 (1247) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle at DMK. Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma is malty, toasty, chocolate. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, bread, caramel, light chocolate, light pine bitterness, with a sweet, malty finish. Very reminiscent of a nut brown ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (4162) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Goblincat (391) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Dark pour. Iím not picking up on a lot of aroma, just something roasted, maybe coffee but Iím not sure. It tastes of watery malt, I think there is some honey and maybe some cherry. It really isnít unpleasant, but also isnít inspiring. The label is great, one of my favorites.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JMerritt (1890) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Bottled. Bakers chocolate in color with a small white head that is totally diminishing. Roasty barley nose with cocoa powder, rye bread - overall itís pretty faint. Raw grain flavor, a lot of dry bakers chocolate, cola and nutty multigrain bread. I didnít really care for it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (2990) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2015
12 oz bottle with a thin layer of sediment on the bottom (mostly added in the pour) served in a Belgian snifter. Unexceptional appearance: dark brown body with a rather average, semi-durable, head. Itís not bold but the spicy aroma is unusual, fairly complex and intriguing. Good dark bread base with plenty of dark fruit. Flavor: moderately strong, lightly spicy, and bready, with hints of dark honey and molasses. Feel: near medium body with prickly carbonation that seems too high.


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