bhensonb (15765) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 25, 2014 BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a hazed deep bronze hued body with a large and retentive off-white head. Good lace. Aromas of dark fruit, fig and chocolate from a distance. Closer inspection reveals buckwheat honey, melanoidins, toasty, chocolate, earthy, bready, biscuity, saltine crackers. Multigrain loaf. Clean yeast wise. Moderately bitter. Bready, biscuity, chocolate, earthy, mild roast edge, anise. Medium melanoidins. Earthy, a bit nutty (nut shells). Light fruit (fig/date). A bit too much bitterness/roast. Clean otherwise. Medium to medium high carbonation, medium bodied with a dry finish. Good.
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours light brown with a slight tan heat. Aroma is complex. I can find anise and chocolate. And light caramel. Med body. Flavor is the aroma with some smoke. Pleasant drink. marcus (10684) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle from Berkeley Bowl West. Pours reddish brown with a modest tan head and an earthy chocolate aroma. There is a hearty dark malt flavor with a smoky anise finish. oRos (1674) - sacramento, California, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours amber with cream head. Has a weird aroma of chocolate an is really complex. Has a sight licorice and chocolate taste Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle at home. Pour is slightly hazy brown with a big tan head and great lacing. Grainy, husky, light cocoa, a hint of spice - cinnamon, maybe? - caramel, toffee, and bready aroma. Taste is husky, caramel malty, toasted bread, grain, allspice, grass, and cocoa with a slightly bitter finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Another solid offering from Heater Allen. popery (2231) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Pours a deep brown, just a bit reddish. Medium-sized beige head. Liquid is quite transparent. Head seems to stick around for a bit, doesn’t leave a lot of bubbles on the glass. Lots of bready malt in the aroma. It’s a big rich grain flavor that stays away from sweeter notes. Toasty. Some caramel but in a not terribly sugary way. Cinnamon, unsweetened cocoa, earth, mushroom. Some spice, maybe a little grass. Mild fruit. Pretty good dose of nutty malt character. The taste is relatively dry for a bock, at least in my experience with the style. Pretty much follows the aroma. Bready malt with toasty, nutty flavors. More of that woody cinnamon stick flavor. Finishes fairly dry caramel note. Just a faint touch of coffee. Mouthfeel is light but full and a bit creamy from somewhat gentle carbonation. Very nice beer.
stevoj (5592) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Dark brown with fluffy, airy beige head, that lasts. Faint aroma of sweet malt, taste is bit stronger, some sweetness, and light bitterness. Dry and bitter finish. skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Another great brew from HA. Hints of sweet malts and anise on the nose, which transfers into the flavors bringing out a bit of Earth and cocoa, lots of tender malts all over. Good stuff! hopwine (678) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - APR 19, 2014
Crusty bread, touch of roastyness, moderate malty sweetness, moderate fruity alcohol presence. Great malt complexity, just a touch too hot for the low abv. bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 14, 2014
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a dark cream head. Caramel and toffee aroma with light nuttiness. Caramel and light dark fruit aroma. Medium bodied. Caramel and light dark fruit lingers with light roast. Prufrockstar (2259) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bomber from beer mongers. Pours ruby. Lager aroma, caramel, toffee, earth and hints of chocolate. Taste is somewhat sweet, crisp clean short slightly bitter finish. Medium body, average carbonation. Well-crafted, as I’ve come to expect from heater allen.