Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Pours a dark, lightly hazy mahogany color. Chestnut tinted translucency shows when the beer is backlit. A medium sized, foamy, khaki colored head settles to a splotchy film with a substantial edge. A soapy wash mostly rejoins the body, just a few spots remaining behind, holding on for dear life. The nose hints at a mild infection, estery yeast and hints of band-aid mucking up a pretty nice mix of underlying chocolate malt, dark fruit, and hazelnut. Hints of earthy hops nearly get lost in the plasticy scent. Flavors show the infection as well, band-aid overtones fouling an otherwise tasty mix of dry cocoa, vanilla, dark caramel, and nuts. Medium-light in body, overly carbonated, and too dry for the style, even the palate feels the ill effects of this brew’s disappointing condition. It’s still drinkable, as the infe tion hasn’t fully taken over, but it is still a letdown. Too bad, because this seems like it cold be a top tier dunkel.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting beer. Pours with a darjkish brown color and a medium size head. Has some hops and almost smiokiness in the aromas. Flavors have some classcial German lahger grains, togther with tons of malts and some nice subtle hops. Just the right amount of carbonation and fairly smooth mouthfeel.
SDalkoholic (2206) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs and Liquor: Thought this was a very interesting method of beer making and was impressed with how well it turned out. First off, the aroma is a sweet and subtle balance of malt that relaxes the nose. The flavor is a delicious and perfectly balanced between sweet rich malt and harmonious hops thrown in. While I sip away at this dunkel I really can’t think of anything negative to say other than I wish it were able to grant me a better buzz.
BillKismet (3412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber, ring of head, and rather placid body. Mild musky malt and notes of sweetness waft off the glass and beckon you to recall brewing times of old. Similar to an altbier or lightly hopped amber with some added dashes of complexity. Nice base malts. Light crystal malts. Lightly metallic or "stony" quality. Perhaps some brown malts. Toastiness, roastiness, and hints of fire. Nice on the palate. Exceptionally drinkable/sessionable.
hopscotch (9953) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Dark, hazy, burnt orange lager (when held up to light) with a small, creamy, off-white head. Sort of an espresso, deeply roasted aroma – much like a porter. Full-bodied with soft carbonation. Sweet, roasted flavor. Medium sweetness; moderate bitterness. Lengthy, nutty, bittersweet finish. Makes me think of an American porter.
malrubius (1993) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RnH Drink for Charity. Thanks to everyone who brought great beer to this. Brown with ring head and lace. Caramel earthy grassy aroma. Toasty Brown sugar with lingering sweetness. No finish. Slightly watery. No faint hint of smokiness like the classic Rauchenfelser Steinbier. Ok.
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown with an off white head. Smelled very strong of caramel, spice and bready. Tasted of caramel, malt and a nice sweetness.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. My first Steinbier. Poured a dark brown with medium off white head. Nose is caramel, spice, toffee, and bread. Flavor is slightly sweet, caramel, toffee, malt with some underlying rauch notes. Decent carbonation, slightly bitter finish.
highibus (749) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown with thin white head. Aroma of sweet alcohol and light spicy floral. Flavor is deep some rostiness and sweetness. Interesting.
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum. Pours a hazy brown with a thin white head. Smells like a typical grainy lager, with a bit of honey on it, which I optimistically take as coming from the rocks…otherwise, what’s the point? Medium bodied, malty and sweet. Finishes with a light bitterness.