JeremyLykins (1) - Topeka, Kansas, USA - MAY 6, 2013 does not count
Absolutely delicious! I tried this beer because Free State was giving free samples at my local liquor store and it’s my new favorite beer. I’m a Newcastle drinker, and this beer has all of the Newcastle goodness plus a sweet, chocolately flavor that doesn’t leave any aftertaste but leaves you craving more. I couldn’t ask for anything more in a beer. TAR (2787) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2003
Draft: Lacy whisp of foam atop a clear light pumpkin shade. Pale, straw-like malt characteristics atop a fresh blanket of delicate, green, lightly floral hallertauer and subtle notes of soil, leaf, and caramel. Soft, prickly carbonation. Flavors start with the classic hallertauer fresh green, spiciness and delicate earthiness. Beautiful transition to a deep, raw caramel, pale malt middle, which concludes with a wallopingly balanced, complex finish. A very hoppy example, and with them being of the German noble family, it's tough to find anything wrong with this fine beer. Doppelganger (1389) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Tasted on the 2009 May 1 release of this year’s batch. Peach/copper pour, lovely dense white head. Floral and delicate bread crust aroma. Spicy, refined herbal hops, crisp, firm underlying malt backbone, a bit of plum skin/grape bite in the finish. This is fantastic beer. With 90% or more of the beer I drink and brew being ales, I forget how subtly brilliant a well-crafted lager can be. PhillyBeer2112 (2894) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Releases a modest honeyed aroma at pour. Becomes more bock like, with toasty caramelized malts. Quite attractive too, a glowing copperish amber. Whoa! First taste gives a dry crackly smokines, leafy earthiness, but a sweetish, borderline cloying palate soon appears. Thinnish mouthfeel, if soft, feels naturally carbonated, with a velveteen head. Warming alcohol in the chest arises after about 4 oz.