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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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Handcrafted from two special varieties of hops and a blend of rich imported malts to make this the darkest lager possible.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
KawaBomber (218) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2008
12oz. Bottle: Clean, clear amber body w/ a fluffy white head that leaves minimal lacing behind as it dissipates. Aroma is malts, caramel & a slight bit of hops. Flavor is much like the aroma: Caramel & a bit of hops. Pretty thin in the mouth. Not great, but not terrible either...pretty average.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Pours a very clear medium amber with a tall white head that fades quickly. Week aroma of fruits and a little hops. Tastes like watery caramel with a little fruit and spices. Not bad. Better then most other shiners.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwalking05 (3935) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Copper color with a decent head. Aromas of toffee, caramel and malt. flavors are the same.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (4284) - Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Bottle shared by jsquire. Small white head that mostly diminished, spotty amounts of lacing, transparent, no carbonaton observed, and an orange hue. Nose was malty, hint of caramel and hoppy. Ditto for the flavor with some spice. Smooth mouthfeel and medium in body. Nothing special going on with this beer IMO and I was overall unimpressed and it left me not wanting this one again. Just nothing stood out here IMO.

1.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mshieldsm (2) - Davis, California, USA - FEB 25, 2008 does not count
Little aroma, perfect dark amber color, medium beige head was the best part of the flavor. The beer itself tasted watery and slightly tangy.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
marcus (6785) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 22, 2008
This amber beer poured with a miniscule beige head. There is a deep malt flavor that is not at all sweet. The finish is chalky and slightly bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2008
12oz bottle. Filtered orange-copper color. Very smooth and drinkable with a malty sweetness. Very minimal hop presence. Quite enjoyable session beer.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bhensonb (11531) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Light caramel aroma. Coppery amber color with a white head that rapidly flattened. Medium body with light, fizzy carbonation. Flavor is light caramel with some citrus/fruit hop. The finish is clean, and lightly bitter. Very drinkable.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 1, 2008
This bottled brew from JSquire at a rating party poured a small sized head of foamy fine to large sized white colored bubbles that were and left behind a transparent softly carbonated golden brown colored body and a poor lacing. The aroma was musty and malt hop. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of malt and hops. An OK brew just nothing special.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Bottle. Clear golden color, not much head. Smells like honey and straw, although mostly like nothing. There’s some malt character to this stuff, but mostly it tastes like a more flavorful standard American lager. I’m not sure how much it costs, but it’s a perfectly fine session beer and most non-craft beer drinkers would like it ok. Goes down smooth without totally tasting like water.


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