ARH (830) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, poured into a sampler glass. The aroma is reminiscent of gingerbread cookies with a light cough syrup note and a light smokiness late. The beer is clear and oily with a dark, rich copper color and a white, dense froth head. It retains a medium thin ring with some surface dusting and a modetate, dense lace. The taste is a medium / medium high, malty sweet and light bitter. The beer is creamy with a fuzzy and a medium full body with flavors of caramel, roasted nuts and raisins on the palate. The finish brings gingerbread and cooked sugar flavors and it leaves an aftertaste that has a zesty character with a smokey and malty mellow lingering.
shrubber85 (9004) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Toffee malt, hay, and light alcohol aroma. Amber with small head. Sweet light fruity barley malt and light astringent alcohol flavor. Good body. Tasty - on the light side style-wise though.
b3shine (6593) - Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft to taster. Looks good for the style; a transparent copperish orange with foamy off-white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells sweet and malty. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Solid beer.
ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with thinnish white head. Rich malty aroma with hints of fruitiness. Slight lager flavor with malt, raisin and gingerbread Smooth mouthfeel, clean finish with slight alcohol tow.
Patrickctenchi (4823) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red-brown with a creamy tan head.
Caramel, toasty aroma.
Caramel malt, baked bread, gingerbread, cream taste.
Sweet and mild.
Block (1706) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet and malty. A nice brown pour. I thought this beer had much more flavor and character than other Sun King offerings lately. Caramel, molasses, and a little bit of gingerbread as described.
Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Fort Wayne release party at CS3. Molasses... brown sugar... dark fruit... yea, this is just exactly the kind of beer I like drinking. A touch creamy with a frothy mouthfeel and just a hint of a boozy finish. Yum. Despite the 8.1 ABV, it felt like I could drink this all night. Although it was the last beer I had before my wife finally corralled me and ushered me home, it could have been the first of many more if not for the day’s late hour and the wife’s hateful glower. (God I’m clever when I’m drunk.)
phaleslu (7545) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample at the brewery. Pours a semi-cloudy amber color with a small off-white head. Notes of toasted and caramel malts, nuts, mildly spiced sweet bread, dried fruits (raisins, dates, prunes), and just a bit of earth. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a rich, malty mouthfeel. Very, very good doppelbock.
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at MacNiven’s in Indy. The beer pours dark brown with a thin beige head that diminishes quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, coffee and caramel. Medium to full body with a roasty malt and coffee character and notes of dark fruits and caramel. The finish is sweet and malty. Above average overall.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brown pour with a lastin ring of foam. Nose is bread, caramel, toffee, nuts, and roasted breads. Flavor is intense maltiness, caramels, toffees, rich nutty toasted malts. Surprisingly semi-dry in the finish but still nutty and caramelly rich. Even just a touch of bitterness in the finish. Medium full body and crisp carbonation. Enjoyable.