b3shine (8195) - Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to half-pint glass (shared with the Mrs.). Looks solid; a very hazy orangish brown with thin off-white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells malty with notes of caramel, toffee, and lager yeast. Tastes like it smells with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Not bad.
Nephilium (1702) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Starts with a malty, bready aroma. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a thin white head. Malt forward beer, with bready and sweet fruit notes coming forward. Slightly sticky mouthfeel, with a lingering malt finish. I’m not that big of a fan of this one, but if you prefer sweeter beers, you may like it more then me.
BigBeer45 (1436) - Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from a bottle,
this ale had a hazy light brown pour with a bit of red and burnt orange colors that gave the beer a look of unfiltered apple cider, the pour gave a finger or less of faint off-white cover that receded to a ring and film of bubbles, this beer left nice spots and fingers of lacing on the glass,
the nose had aromas of light malt notes that resembled amber beer but a touch lighter,
toasted malt notes, a little citrus and pine hops,
some bread and caramel, a little earth and malt sweetness,
the flavors were light toasted malt and bread, caramel and light nut with a bigger hops than on the nose,
the finish had a hop bitterness with some malt following,
the mouth feel was light and creamy, and had average carbonation,
a nice drink.
lukedarock (246) - Howell, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good looker and smeller, I like the old style taste but still isn’t great just average
Huhzubendah (3546) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by RussianDragon. Thanks man. Black body with a thin, tan head. Chocolate, cocoa powder, lactose. A tad chalky with a fairly dry finish. Decent but not great.
paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smooth, creamy, and fruity alt beer. Real nice change of pace from the usual stuff. Yummy!
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice looking hazy reddish amber. Mellow sour grains in the aroma. Taste of toasted malt and grain with some light fruit.
Onslow (1410) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour form a 12oz bottle. Luminous orange amber brew with just a small scrum of head. Aroma of earth, tart fruit, some banana. Taste is very light malt with a dry earthy finish.
superspak (4757) - Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/9/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big toasted bread, honey, light caramel, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of toasted biscuit, honey, light caramel, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of toasted biscuit, honey, light caramel, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Dusseldorf style altbier. All around good balance and robustness of bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, big thanks to umich03jm! Bottled 10/09/14. Totally hazy orange amber color. Finger of khakio head, with good retention, leaves nice lace. Medium body, with a full creamy feel. Lighter crisp carbonation. Smooth and easy-drinking. Nice toasty malt, and earthy hop. Seeing some of the banana, light spiciness. Really nice flavor. Moderate sweet taste, moderate bitter. Superbly easy-drinking, tasty stuff. Perfectly balanced. Easily chuggable. Delicious stuff.