Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, from a Durban area store. Pours thin and fizzy, and whatever head there is, vanishes to leave a flat brew with only a few signs of bubbly life. The aroma is oddly dirty, like--dirt, soil, even mold. It’s not as unpleasant as it sounds, it’s just not smells normally associated with even an unusual beer. The flavors are 180 degrees turnabout with some nice dark caramel and toffee flavors as well as some light chocolate. Thin but drinkable, and leagues ahead of the Laurentina pale.
Beerkenstock (106) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2017
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Eye: pours a dark brown color with a quickly dissipating white head and medium carbonation.
Nose: dark fruit, chocolate and caramel perhaps
Mouth: sweet licorice, dark chocolate and caramel or even vanilla, dark fruits as well (dates perhaps...), a bit watery and not much carbonation though
Palate: more bitter notes here, nuts as well but still sweet
Overall: nice, very drinkable beer which reminds me more of a mix between dark and porter.
deyholla (10794) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by Caleb, thanks! Pours dark brown with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has sweet dark grains and a strong straw note with a touch of hay. Flavor has earth sweet dark grains with a decent amount of straw and a hint of roast.
jackl (7355) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ The Levi Tasting. Thanks, travlr! Deep brown with a small head. Rich malt forward nose. Caramel chocolate cookie. Some plum. Brown sugar. Flavor is a bit knackered. Some signs of oxidzation. Cocoa and caramel sweet body. Light cardboard. Peppery fijish. A bit oily, soft.
thomashall (861) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at tasting. Brown copper pour. Aroma is malts and licorice. Taste is more dry and ashy. Not my favorite.
JK (5971) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared by evan, thanks!. Dark brown color. Dry malt and a little sugar, some earth near the finish. I like this. It is close to the real thing, except for the lack of carbonation.
Bacterial (2931) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Travlr - thanks Gene! Black pour with a soft light tan head. Malty nose. Malty dark caramel and roasted toffee. Light carbonation. Nice.
BVery (9985) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Levi’s tasting. Dark cola colored pour with a smaller head. Dark malt and mild dark licorice. Okay.
Holmen2 (3284) - NORWAY - FEB 6, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Baclog from travel in Mocambique. Dark brown, almost black. Fine head that quickly disappears to nothing. Sweet aroma, with roaste malt. Taste of dark caramel and roaste malt. Fine aftertaste.
Manslow (1347) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 20, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Butelka 0,5l wypita w Mozambiku w 2010r. Kolor ciemny, piana brązowa nietrwała. Aromat, palony słód w tle suszone śliwki, średnio nagazowane. Smak słod, suszone śliwki.Wytrawne raczej. Ogólnie dobre.
johnnnniee (4031) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle smuggled back for me, thanks for the opportunity Tony!
Pours a solid dark brown with a smallish quickly dissipating off white head. Smells heavy on the caramel and burnt sugars. Light fruity aromas and little to no hop. The flavor is rich caramel and earthy burnt sugars with a touch of mineral. Spirited carbonation gives a spritzy bubbly mouthfeel. Well it doesn’t suck, but the caramel seems a bit overbearing and artificial.