lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
tronraner’s Xmas Eve Eve Eve Tasting. Sample from a bottle shared by me. Clean orange color with a thin white head. Big grainy aroma, some caramel and toasted malt. Taste is very decent, not too hot.
alexanderj (3407) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, sampled at Christmas during family beer tasting. A little darker than expected with a decent sized head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel and bread, with only a hint of earth like malts. Flavor was pretty solid, with sweet malt, caramel, bread and only a mild hop presence in the finish. Pretty nice palate. A quality example of the style.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5521) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on draft at Zenos in State College PA this beer poured a dark amber color with a small white head that faded quickly. The aroma was light sweetish and malty. The flavor was dryish, bitter and had faint notes of apple and pear. The finish was short and dry. The mouthfeel was moderately thick. Decent.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Xmas Eve Eve Eve. Pours gold with sticky off-white head. The aroma is caramel, honey, and leaves. The flavor is lemon, some wheat, smooth malt, and grass. Perhaps a bit bland, but not bad.
nearbeer (4162) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2008 500 ml shared by lithy at the Christmas tasting. Clear amber with a small but enduring head that left some spotty lace. Grain and honey aroma. Similar flavor, plus some apple and light alcohol. Light-medium body finishes slightly dry.
Suttree (5543) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a snazzy flip-top bottle. Brownish orange, nice foamy white head. Faint aroma, but seems kinda biscuity or bready. Surprisngly rich palate. Very bready, with a peppry finish. Some sweet notes as it warms. Not bad, if a bit on the simple side.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at capones. Pours an amber body with a white head. Light nutty with caramel malt light earthy hoppiness. Simple and sessionable.
BeerBunker (930) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2008
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours dark orange with almost no head. Moderate carbonation. Smells more like a beer fart, than an actual beer. Fart aroma is of lemon, spice, yeast, and malt. Luckily it does not taste like a fart, although it is very bad. Taste is of stale malt, yeast, dirt, caramel, and citrus, all with a really dry and offensive finish. All around, this beer is awful and very hard to put down.
CanIHave4Beers (3568) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very lightly hazy deep copper color with a big fluffy head that seems to be receding fast, leaving a little bit of lace. Aroma is very autumnal with some good roasted malt and some yeast. Wow I love the flavor on this, this is a remarkable representation of the style and I will look forward to drinking this often. Plenty of caramel flavors, good noble hop presentation, this is remarkably well balanced. The flavor starts off with the most pleasant sweetness that quickly turns to a refreshingly dry flavor. This is sharp on the palate, presumably from the hop presentation, but it is no less well rounded. One of my favorite traditional Oktoberfest beers!
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle from binnys beverage depot, orland park. clear light copper color, slight white head, hint of lacing. head disappears to tiny bubbles around rim. not very appealing looking. nose is musty, earthy, grassy with a trace of sweet malt. airy. flavor is musty malt, with a slight creaminess. as the beer wars, there is a touch of leather in the taste. medium bodied, dry finish. inoffensive, mild stuff.