Ernest (7697) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2002
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is medium orange-brown. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted light bread, caramel), lightly hoppy (herbs). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery (almost syrupy) texture, lively carbonation. Solid but not a standout. jonas (7588) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 5, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2003 Re-Rate: Malt an licorice aroma.
Red oak, rocky head.
Some fruit noticeable on second sip.
A bit watery, but has a nice aftertaste. Strykzone (7363) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Pours the color of dark tea with a lighter head. Aroma is absolutely malty. Mouthfeel is disappointingly thin. Just a hint of a zing but that fades quickly. Good beer, though. Flavor was also malt and that on the sweet side. Late in the glass some bitterness was evident. This was a smooth and easy drinking beer. Cool bottle and opening top were a nice touch, too. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2003
Good malty aroma and pours with a decent amount of head. Flavor is sweet and well balanced with lightly bittering hops. This is very drinkable and goes down smooth. I also like the bottle. Braudog (6719) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Red with a candy aroma. Smoky, candied flavor, predominately caramel. Not bitter at all. Went well with my cigar.
ClarkVV (6711) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2005
Had the old, blue labeled, "Jubel" version, bottle at Julios Spring Beer Fest, 4/2/05. Copper-reddish body, with some fiery reddish-orange hues and some light mahogany browns and a good sized, yellow beige head, slight retention. Aroma of sweet caramel and lightly sour yeast, with honey, herbs and light spices (cinnamon and anise). A profound earthy/grainy/breadiness as well. Malted wheat, sweet candied orange, thick, medium body, with not much wateriness. Earthiness on the finish, with plenty of dry breadiness and light alcohol warmth. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Quite a stunning flip top bottle honestly and served in my NB worthy glass: A deep russet hue with a fading frothy off-white head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of caramel and nutty malts, some dark bread, a hint of dry apple and anise. The taste pretty much follows suit with sweet bready malt, a hint of fruity twang and some light-handed rye-like spice upon the finish. The mouth feel is soft and smooth, refreshing actually. A good bier and above average for the genre. jgb9348 (6280) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2003
2003 Vintage Santa Bottle:TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Clear copper colour with a thick dense tan head. Aroma of metal (just like copper!), malt, grapes, brown sugar and a mild amount of cherries. Light-bodied; Sweet caramel flavours line the mouth and reveal some mild malt flavours with the bonus atrocity of metal. Aftertaste is very subtle...a bit of the sweetness and some faint nuttyness is noticed. Overall, fairly bad for the style, but a decent beer none-the-less, and a nice bottle to celebrate Christmas! I bought this painted swing-top bottle at Beers of the World in Rochester, New York and sampled it on 19-December-2003.
Pours a rich brown with a small tan head. Strong malt and caramel laden aroma.Very pleasant. The taste is also strong chewy malt. More caramel, and perhaps a hint of brown sugar. Very faint hop character. It seems almost non-existent. The finish is sweetened malt and perhaps a hint of fruit. Surprisingly good beer, as I didn't have high expectations for this. JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 2, 2002
Just a great alt! Bittersweet from the munich malt and noble hops. Thick head with a crystal clear orange-brown color.