Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: hazed, pale crimson color, lush head, nice looking in the mug.
Bright, fruity aroma, rosy and sweet, hints of nut...
...which follows through in the taste, but dark fruits are tops. Apple, melon, grape. Tasty hops dancing on the tongue, a tidy tango, slides off easily. Big, juicy fruit. Medium bodied, clean, efffortlessly easy to zip past your lips.
A pleasantly agreeable, light and tasty lager. Can’t go wrong here.
beastiefan2k (2190) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampler at MSP airport, third beer in the sampler. After the other three, I found this to be the most enjoyable for the moment and then had a shaker pour. It is a clear, more brown then red, color. It has a lightly sticky lacing. Aroma is perfect balance of hops and burnt and woodsy malt behind that, yet almost no residual sweetness, nice and clean. Taste is still hoppy (grassy and sweet hops) with loads of roast malts back there as well. Some toffee in there as well that melds perfectly as well. Comes off as fruit punch with a light caramel sweetness. Still clean and so fun and easy to drink. Came off as a lagered, clean, Irish Ale more so than a Vienna, either way I liked it a lot.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ the brew pub: Pours a clear amber color with an off white head. Aroma, caramel and toffee malts. Flavor, toffee, a little nutty, sweet with some spicy hop notes. Not bad.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap (sampler) at the Minneapolis location, RBSG 2007 pre-tasting dinner. Amber gold with a white head. Lightly toasty caramel, a weak nuttiness. OK.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Though the "Erik the Red" title is the same as many Rock Bottom renditions, this one’s a Vienna and a Lager, so it should be filed apart from the Erik the Red Ale listing. Nevertheless...
Transparent amber orange with a pond-like sheaf of fog misting over the top. Honey, biscuits and copper impart a cleanly lager edge while mildly roasted almonds and extra light cocoa powder superfluously present the rear. Flavor profile hits a line of searing acidity but doesn’t totally keel over the beer’s natural progression. Diluted brown sugar, bad botched molasses sugar cookies and copper controlled nut packages steer the viking’s course. Brown bread underbelly is injected with a dark ginger and beet sugar skew. Fresh, but overly compensated with caravienne. Steel reserves and aluminum numb the otherwise sweet and borderline syrupy brown sugar caramelized glaze.
ryanfolty (1671) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Date: May 23, 2012 Mode: Draft Source: RB Minneapolis Description: Translucent golden orange with some head. Sweet caramel and some light bitterness, not quite as bad as an amber ale but trying real hard. Not sure why they made a big deal about bringing this one back....sometimes the oldies are not the goodies.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brewpub draft. Clear amber pour, small off white head. Beer is muted- everything in light doses: toast, caramel, dark fruit, graininess. Light body, just smoother than balanced. Nothing exciting.
Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Airport location. Transparent, sun-blasted red. Crystal malt aroma. Biscuity with mild honeycomb and general blandness. Bitterness of an empty character, tired and musty bread malts, flighty candy sweetness. Smooth, medium-bodied palate with no resonance in the mouth. An inoffensive sum of parts wholly insufficient on their own.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Erik pours a clear copper red with better than an inch of cream colored foam. Very nice spidery lacing throughout the glass. Mild malty aroma with a bit of citrus fruit or hop.
Smooth and tasty malt - with some toasted biscuit and a little caramel followed by a brief herbal hop bite right at the end. Some hop bitterness lingers for a half a minute or so in the aftertaste. I don’t find the citrus fruit or citrus hop character that the aroma suggested anywhere else in the beer. Plentiful carbonation and nearly-medium body give this beer a nice mouthfeel and finish.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Rock Bottom Minneapolis before the RBSG 2007 Surly tour. I loved this one. Nice coopery color, small creamy head, sweet caramely flavor with other dark fruits. I have a thing for Vikings and explorers...