jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle shared by Victor at weekly tasting. Pours orange gold white head. Nose/taste of toast, oak, bready citrus and lemon. Lighter medium body. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Sweet and malty aromas. Very sweet flavors, mostly malt like tones. kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 1, 2014
FDBK 2010. The head is ok. It smells sweet-sour, wood, aromatic. The taste is sweet-sour, wooden-intensive, sweet-wooden. Special. Erzengel (8696) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - NOV 4, 2013
Hell-holzig in der Farbe, malzig-würziger Geruch. Der Antrunk ist holzig-malzig, sehr mild-weich. Tolle Holztöne. Schön weich mild. Keine alkoholischen Noten. Der Nachgeschmack ist leicht herb, mild-weich. Toll! JStax (6462) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2013
750 ml bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a hazy amber with a thicker beige head of foam. The aroma has funky lemon and lactic tart note. The taste has an interesting tartness to it that is more on the sweet side. Lighter to medium bodied.
beastiefan2k (3978) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2013
750mL cool looking bottle poured into a 12oz Corsendonk goblet glass. Pours with a small head atop an orange body. Aroma is very German - ashy metal lager with green slightly sulphuric lager yeast. Very German aroma. Flavor is similar with a faint tartness at the very end with a fresh lager finish. Nice stuff, no oak presence. notalush (5873) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Thanks to Eugene for sharing - cloudy dark copper - some fine floating particulate - fluffy, lasting lace - aroma of doughy yeast, lightly toasty malt, light caramel, somewhat dull hoppiness, mildly bitter oak - flavor of bitter oak up front, followed by doughy character, lighty estery notes - a decent frothiness to the mouthfeel - lightly tart finish, with some baked apple and peach - interesting beer. bhensonb (15187) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Capped 750 (fat bottom Italian style) from Monument in Concord, CA. Pours hazy med dark orange/amber with a creamy/frothy beige head. Aroma is fruity, lightly toast malt, and a suggestion of wood. Med + body. Carb is sharpish. Flavor is fruity, lightly toast malt, with some woody astringency. It’s something of a contradiction. It seems dry and bitter, then it seems mildly sweet and not all that bitter. Finishes fruity, malt and a little woody. Consistent in that anyway. Very tasty. ganache (5893) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle last night, a slender 1pt, 9.4 ounce version. Nose tart with a strong woody barrel element, reminds faintly of lambic/gueuze, or at least isn’t crushed by American vanilla/oak overtones (which are absent here). Pours a deep, hazy reddish orange with a short-lived off-white head. Taste is gentle and tart with mild but lasting and effective bitterness, touch of astringency. Heaviest flavor comes from the stark woodiness, but again, this is noble essence of wood rather than "barrel bomb". Fruit is very, very faint, the closest we come is a touch of white grape with saffron and chamomile. Smooth, gaining spice (brief ... coriander?) and subtle yeast that peaks in the finish/aftertaste but which seems necessary here. Fullish body, splash of alcohol but everything’s under control, move along, nothing to see here. The idea is relatively simple (though not in the German community!) but the execution is brilliant and the marriage of elements is harmonious and spiritually balanced. Ernest (7692) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, cookie, bread), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot, flowers), with light notes of honey and peach.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Quite pleasant, if perhaps a bit simple. Better carbonation would help the mouth experience, but in general the aroma and flavor balance are both solid and enjoyable. I don’t get any of the oak in this, but that’s ok since the chipping effect is usually raw and crude anyway.