baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2001
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Satisfying without being quite distinctive: not worth a special search, but worth drinking if it is in front of you. (Downgraded after I finished the sixpack I bought:
it just wasn’t a beer I looked forward to every day.)
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer poured a nice, thick head and has a dark brown color. Lightly carbonated and leaves a nice lace around the glass. Tastes a lot like a Stout to me, with the flavor of coffee, caramel and chocolate persisting. Good brew.
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask. Pour opaque dark brown with a thin head that lasts. Moderate malt aroma, other aromas but can?t nail down. Wonderful malt flavor, some roast, caramel, hints of juniper. Medium-heavy body, light hop bitterness. I?m not getting the spices, just me. I?d try it again.
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a rich brown color with ruby highlights. It has a nice tan head that could use a bit more retention but produces nice lacing. Nose is full of nice mellow chocolate notes mixed with a hint of beady yeastiness. Flavor is full of chocolate flavors with a very underlying coffee-ness to it. I also pull just a hint of dark fruit out of it too. Very tasty. It has a nice full mouthfeel and is a little too easy to drink, being 5.9% abv, it can get you into trouble.
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to glass. Brown pour with small white head. Lots of caramel and toasty notes with some roastiness as well. A bit of cocoa also. Full bodied beer with a nice long finish. Also pick up hints of the spices as well. A pretty good winter beer.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
served on tap a bit too cold... very dark, medium palate. slight dark malt odor.... boring. boring as hell.
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draft) had a decent flavor, but there wasn’t much flavor to it. I kept getting hints of spices and such, but the hints faded as soon as I started to detect them. Good, but not great.
lawman834 (210) - Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2012
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
the group that i dined with in MN ordered it. not that impressive for the style. roasted malt. smoky. metallic finish.
WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a ruby red/mahogany with a modest off-white head and good carbonation. Aroma is spicy and full with roasted malt alongside cloves, woodiness, and a slight sweet tinge of chocolate. Taste is creamy, flat and full with a malty taste of nuts and coffee giving way to a chocolate finish. A solid winter brew even if it’s nothing special.
celogan (201) - Oroville, California, USA - NOV 3, 2003
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not too bad. Poured very dark brown with tan head that shrunk down to just floating on top of the brew leaving some nice lacing along the way. Not much aroma that I detected, and the hops were not all that detectable. Slight maltiness but not overly sweet. I'd prefere a tad more carbonation, but what is there is sufficient. A decent brew.