tia (1218) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Brown with thin head. Smells like tea and raisin bread. Tastes fairly malty with clinging sweetness. Not my favorite...
obguthr (4541) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is dried leaves and tea with elderberry accents. Clear rust, medium yellow head. Strong tea flavor, astringent. Elderberry is ever present. Mouthfeel is fizzy. This isn’t one of my favorite styles, but this one had personality. There are other detractors but at least this somewhat distinctive.
Ratman197 (11112) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle poured a clear brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of toasted malt, carmel, molases, raisin and light spice. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, toasted malt, molasses and fruittiness with a crisp lingering molasses finish.
adnielsen (10037) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle @ Dan’s. Hazy, reddish orange appearance with a tan head. Toffee, a touch of fruity, chocolate aroma. Pretty light bodied, chocolate, light fruity, caramel flavor. Bleh.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish/mahogany, beige head, somewhat dense, fades, returns with a swirl. Spotty lacing. Really dig aroma. Doughy dark bread, big malty decoction remnants, much like caramelized sugar/brittle. Light burnt/roasted character. Flavor on par, bready, melanoidins, caramel brittle. Really clean. Soft billowy mouthfeel. Very easy drink. Well done. Looks like I am in the minority on this one, but pretty solid IMO.
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 mL bottle from Beer Run. Pours a clear dark copper color with a large fizzy tan head. Poor head retention. Aroma of grain, toasted grain, nuts, dark fruits. The taste is sweet and grainy malts, raisins and a metallic hop finish. Medium bodied, average carbonation. About average.
crossovert (9100) - Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Schweinsbräu Dunkel". Brewed by Riedenburger Brauhaus. 500ml bottle. 08.09.2012.
It pours a deep reddish brown with a fizzy off-white head that leaves no lacing.
The smell is nice. Some floral noble hops mix with a nice bready maltiness with some caramel and dark fruit.
The flavor is good. A bit sweet for a dunkel. It has a lot of sugar, caramel, and cocoa. There is a nice breadiness, a slight tang, mineral water character, and some fruit. The hops linger in the background with a hint of floral flavor and a slight little pinch of bitterness.
The only thing I would say is that it is a bit thin so it has good drinkability but not really mouthfeel. It would be good in the summer.
Strykzone (5503) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured into a dimple mug. A big root beer like head takes some patience and a few pours before the bottle was emptied. I smell bready malt and soggy grain. No carbonation in the mouth and the feel is watery. Cocoa flavor is not big but is prominent. Applesauce and wet grass. Fruit is almost hidden. This is kind of ho hum.
PatioCO (6) - Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2011 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Malty with hops layered throughout. Not to much, but certainly present. Perfumed, nutty and a little bit of berry fruit poking out.
emquam (3) - - DEC 7, 2011 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is dark brown in colour with reddish highlights. Nose is slightly earthy. Taste is immediately honeyed and malty, perfumy with a hit of almond and cherry. Malt dominates as you would expect though some bitter hops do peep though.