Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I must have liked this one the other night. Had three in a row, that I remember. Now to taste from my trusty 64 ounce vessel.
Opaque, dark, ruddy brown, attractive slab of creamy tannish head on top. Nice.
Sweet, nutty nose. Whiffs of cola, spice, herbs, black pepper, ...sweet, yet dark...very unique, not surprising, considering the various ingredients. Sui generis, this one.
Very tasty on the tongue, and quite easy drinking, 8% abv notwithstanding. Smooth, sweet, but slightly gritty. Almost weizen-like...maybe thatís the lemon grass? The orange blossom honey doesnít really stick out for me, but the odd combination of yeast and malt makes for an uncommon character. Once again, theyíve cooked up a brew that doesnít fit any mold, exactly. (Hoops says it could be called a Belgian strong dark ale, but winter warmer works, too.)
Nice beverage, very comforting, if hard to peg down. It never tastes like anything in particular, but instead comes off as something wholly new, and, therefore, hard to handle.
I donít mind drinking it, though.
JK (4659) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 The waitress called this a "German pilsner with chocolate malt." I would call it a dunkel. The flavor starts with bitter hops and a hint of chocolate while cold. As it warms the lemongrass increases in prominence in the aroma and flavor to the last sip. While cool this works well, but as the temperature increases, the lemongrass becomes less enjoyable and turns into a harsh, poor quality tea flavor. Very dark brown and muddy. It is cool they have created something new.
Stine (1634) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Muddy brown in color with not much on top. Sugary sweet bread dough aroma with some orange rind. Quite nice. The lemongrass really takes over from there...itís kind of odd drinking a dark murky brew that has such a bright flavor. Tangy and sweet. It definitely pushes the boundary of lemon endust and beer, but itís strangely enjoyable.
badgerben (4510) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the second in their "storm" series and follows the Thunderstorm which I personally love. All storms are to have lemongrass. Black color with a thick head which managed to completely vanish in the two minutes I wasnít watching it. Odd aroma of some sweet honey and molasses, but a chalky bitterness as well. The taste is very much what I expected: strong hits of lemongrass and orange. It was a fairly bitter finish which kind of surprised me, but still worked out well. I think the lemongrass/hop blend gave off a bit of a lysol flavor towards the end, but it wasnít enough to ruin the beer.