craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
sample from the bottle at The Great Decatur Beer Festival on 10/17/09... pours a dark brown with an off white head... roasted malt on the nose... medium body... some light coffee lingering... this is big on the roasty malt character... very drinkable.
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bodied yet relatively easy to drink. Darkly roasted, charred and toasty, with a subtle toffee-like sweetness. Finishes with a nip of bitter chocolate and cold coffee. Some Vienna lager-like qualities, though a bit darker, heavier and roastier. Balanced and well-made stuff.
Lawsonciv (29) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Tastes of chocolate and caramel with a hint of coffee beans. Smooth finish. Good black lager.
Guerde (1297) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) Pours a dark reddish-brown with a tall off-white head that retains well. Aroma is initially a bit tart, like spent, day old dark roasted coffee grounds, which I didn’t particularly care for. There’s also some cocoa that mixes in with this smell. Gradually the stale coffee subsides and is replaced by a smooth, even, roasted malt profile that mixes with the cocoa and some light smoke too. The flavor has some nice roasted malt, dark chocolate, a spike of caramel right before the finish, and a bit of berry as well in the mid. The finish was properly roasted with some smoke as well. Mouthfeel was medium and carbonation was appropriate. This is a good beer for sure, and I have to bump it in the overall due to the affordable price.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear dark brown with a smallish beige head. Aroma features a gentle roast, toast, pumperknickel, caramel, dirt, and toffee. Clean. Tastes of toast, caramel, a little coffee, toffee, and wood. Finishes with the caramel lingering around, followed by toast and lightly charred crust. Light bodied, but not lacking in flavor. Very nice!
Ratman197 (14500) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Stubby bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of charcoal, burnt carmel, roasted malt and light smoke. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of burnt carmel, roasted malt, light charcoal and a hint of smoke with a smooth lingering roasty finish.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11oz stubby bottle. great bottle cap of rock on the bottom (rock, paper, scissors!) Joanne got scissors and I got Rock again on my next one. I WIN! The second one I poured in a glass to get appearance notes. Pours dark brown, tan head. Looks just like a tall glass of Coca-Cola. Medium roast aroma. Flavor of perfectly roasted malt. Nice grain. Flavor is very light toasted malt. Simple and smooth. Yeah, it is very ’Session-able’. Light chocolate malt in the finish. Very clean and crisp, well balanced. Not quite sure which Full Sail Session I enjoy more.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stubby: Pours a black color with a nice head. The nose is sweet and fruity with a light cherry and roasted fig note along with some clean roast, cocoa and cold extracted coffee. The flavor is dry though with a nice hop balance and a clean roastiness. Almost like a dunkel, this is quite malty with a nice freshness and refreshing body. Session schwarz. I like.
theisti (4088) - Kansas, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
11 oz stubby bottle purchased at Divino Wine and Spirits in Denver, Colorado. Pour is clear brown burgundy with a nice one inch tan head. Aroma is lightly roasted malt, soft cherry fruit sweetness and dark chocolate. There is also an interesting earthy / dustiness to the nose. Taste is the mild roastiness of the malt balanced really nicely with the mild sweetness, which expresses more as caramel in the taste than the fruit I picked up on in the nose. Palate is the highlight of this one, lighter bodied, super soft, and nice bright carbonation. Ends with a subdued hop bitterness, drying the finish out. Stupid drinkable. I really enjoyed this beer, I had 4 or 5 without even thinking about it.
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2009, Darker cola colored pour. Roasted malt light choclate aroma & flavor, medium mouthfeel. dry roastiness. flavorful schwarz