gopherfan99 (1832) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2017 Skyview (6055) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the brewery taproom in Excelsior, Minnesota. Pours a clear brownish copper colored brew with an average sized off-white head that has some nice retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, a hint of floral hops, some light chocolate and a touch of white raisin. Taste is full bodied, and then some. Lots of sweet caramel malt, a hint of toffee, some light chocolate and a touch of cream tartar. Finish is semi-sweet, low bitterness but plenty of sweet caramel malt and a touch of sweet white chocolate. The clear copper colored body can be deceiving at first, thinking it may be a light brown ale but it really has some extra body as Excelsior brewmaster continues to make sure there is plenty of barley malt in the brewkettle. Best described as a hybrid of doppelbock and brown ale. Excellent seasonal release to compliment the Minnesota autumn weather.
Bottle; pours brown with a tan head; aroma of caramel, toffee, malt, and a hint of nuts; taste is a light sweet with caramel, malt, nuts, and a hint of chocolate; finish is dry with some light caramel sweetness lweiberg (139) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 22, 2016
A great IPA for this season. Had it on tap at the draft house. Nice hints of flair and strong notes. douglas88 (9195) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear ruby brown color with a small white head. A light toast and toffee nose. Dark berries, toffee, caramel, toast. Very sweet. Quite nice. Big old Munich purple flavors. Solid. johnnymusky (983) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Again i am disappointed with this brewery...always too much malt in their beers...very average beer...not a fan. RobertDale (6483) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 8, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy brown with a decent beige head. Aroma of malt, grain, and fruit. Taste is malt, caramel, fruit, grain, and nuts. OK.
deyholla (11609) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours a near blear brown with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of bread and earthy grain with a bit of sweetness underlying. Flavor has a bit more sweet grain with bread and a hint of toffee underlying. SODAK14 (378) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Meh... Just your run of the mill, average brown ale. Taste what OK (what did you expect?). Not a big fan over the dry finish. arminjewell (9676) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2015
Pour on tap at Republic Calhoun, hazy dark red pour with white head, aroma brought notes of cocoa, earth, slight caramel, toffee into a bit of yeast, slight bread into a bit of toast. Taste was a mix of toast, bread, caramel into a bit of spice, grass, slight toffee, finishing fairly sweet, slightly spicy. VeinAle (134) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Nose is sweet malt. Pours dark with a small head. Taste is sweet earthiness. Average brown tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Corey. Rich chestnut brown pour with burnt copper-orange edges; creamy, foamy beige head plumes up nicely on top & settles slowly. Aroma has a nice CaraMunich malt base. Toasty caramel notes, nuts, faint cocoa dust, a touch of toffee, & a hint of dark fruit sweetness, namely prune. Mild inclusion of musty earthiness, too. Starts to get a touch of apple-y tartness with some warmth... Uh-oh? Flavor... whoa! Sour apples & acetic acid are the first thing to hit my tongue. Vinegar, sourness, & acetone bury the malt base almost completely. Infected, by a long shot. Strange how it was surpassed in the aroma? Very weird. Sadly I must hammer the score as this was pretty gross.