queenholly (2827) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Trion. Clear amber with a moderate off-white head. Fruity molasses and toast aroma. Earthy roasty malt flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation.
J_man (685) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle from BevMo in Mira Mesa, CA. This rating is for the "Monk’s Christkindl Special Winter Brew" beer which I’m not sure is the same as this listing, but that’s what it’s tagged to. Sweet caramel and candied fruit aromas from a crystal clear copper/amber body with a medium light tan head. The sweet aromas carry straight through to the taste where that delicious German lager taste is waiting. There’s a rich nutty flavor that dries out the sweetness and balances it very well. A bit of woody bitterness and what seems like a bit of a bite from alcohol, but it’s only 5.1% ABV, so I’m not sure where that’s coming from. Ends with a dry but still sweet finish. Deliciously rich and tasty German dark lager.
Strykzone (4781) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pine bottle from Hayduke. We had it together via facebook chat. The beer poured mid brown and clear. Kind of tea colored but darker. A nice beige fluffy head was big and finally completely disappeared. An aroma that had some roasted notes with hops. The flavor surprised me a bit and I didn’t quite know how to categorize it. I tasted plenty of sweet malts. Grass and spices, too. Hops were interesting as was the yeast. There was some fruit in there and some nuts that grew with warmer temps. The aftertaste was spice and several minutes after the last sip is gone I still taste it.
hayduke (3317) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared with Strykzone via Facebook Chat. Pours rich clear amber with a good sized and long-lasting off-white head. Light lacing Nose of roasted caramel malts and some nuts. Medium in body Smooth mouthfeel Flavor improves as ti warms with fruit nuts flowers. Sweet finish. Very German in taste. Good.
radagast83 (4409) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Gravity Keg at Churchkey event. Poured a relatively dark amber color. Aroma is caramel malts, and pretty much just caramel malts. Flavor is sweet malts, touch of caramel and that’s about it.
camborne (655) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light malt nose. Kinda sweet palate. Bubblegum ? Caramel notes . Kinda bland mid palate with a dry sweet finish. Not great.
stevoj (1958) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice bitter, smoky dunkel. Clear brown in color with short beige head. Aroma is smoke and coffee. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee and roast grains. Delicious.
Bamsen78 (2885) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours clear tea\amber with airy off-white head. Clear aroma of malt with a touch of caramel. Rather bitter flavour of hops with a touch of malty sweetness. A trifle unbalanced. Still, a reasonable dunkel.
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly sweet malty nose. Large pale beige head. Dark coppery color. Malty and hoppy slightly syropy taste. Mild hops. Nice color.
Blairgus (2539) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 Feb 2013, bottle. light orange, clear, steady bubbles, rocky head. nose is sweet, caramel malt. thin/med body and slightly syrupy. tastes of candy, caramel, sugary malt. meh.