durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share by ucusty. Clear dark amber pour and quickly disappearing head. Nothing lager-y about this beer. Strong resiny hops on the nose. Spicy from the hops and a little peppery. Some orange peel. Big and assertive; a little sharp and slightly soapy. As with many ST beers, big and interesting at first, but a bit much after a few tastes. Still solid.
nuplastikk (5095) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber. Orange amber color, a pinch hazy. Nice long lasting half inch head. Piny christmas tree aroma. Wow. This is one of the best and most original Winter beers Ive had in some time. Wonderfully combining hardcore piny with eastern euro pils hoppiness, almost peppery. Creamy and drinkable, very smooth on the palate. Great beer.
argo0 (12362) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle) Small fluffy off-white head atop clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pine, light pepper. Taste is moderately sweet, pine/grapefruit, some pepper, alcohol. Sticky medium-full body, some acidity. Very enjoyable for what it is.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a crystal clear deep orange-amber color with a medium sized and long lasted off-white head. The aroma had a nice stiff but not over the top or out of balance citrus nose. Light malt and a touch of pepper spice. The flavor was a mix of malt and grapefruit that did not mix well for me. Almost like a carton of juice getting ready to turn. The finish was semi-dry with a touch of spice and a mild bitterness. Close to a medium body with nice warmth and a silky feel in the mouth.
JaBier (5652) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Deep amber with a huge white head. Simple balanced aroma of hop and malt. Flavor is overly yeasty with a bit of a hop finish. I was hoping for better out of these guys.
blklab2007 (2099) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle poured an amber color with a thin off white head.aroma has juicy grapefruit citrus dry hop, sweet malt, tangerine, and pines. very nice and juicy. mouth feel is medium with average carbonation. flavor has such big citrus pine hops, good bitterness, just enough sweetness, and a hit of alcohol. very enjoyable and the hops used are quite tasty.
jredmond (6385) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2012 650mL bottle. Body is dark, clear amber. Aroma is very strong hop. Taste is smoother than the aroma hints towards, but I was personally let down a little by this S.T brew.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very nice clear deep red color with froathy bubbly white head. Aroma is tons of citrus grapefruit hops. Flaov is very biscuty with huge citrus hop presence. Overall, a winner.
hopscotch (10142) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle… Clear golden lager with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. Musky, earthy aroma – pine and resin. Full-bodied with modest carbonation. Very malty and sweet, but generously bittered to provide decent balance. Big toffee and biscuit malt; earthy hops. Lengthy, bittersweet finish that dries out. <b>Thanks go out to scraff for shipping this brew my way!</b>
guzzler67 (1571) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright amber appearance with an average size, off white head and a fair amount of lacing. Resinous, sprucy hop aroma. Initial taste of pine and spice, briefly balanced by caramel malts. There is a smooth lager-esque quality in the aftertaste after the effects of the hops and alcohol wear off in the long lasting finish. Does not seem to fit the sites description of a European Strong Lager, but still very interesting and very tasty.