weitz15 (595) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Dark brown pour with a cream head. Flavor of slight barley malts and light toffee. Body is a medium tone. vikingguy (1106) - Carver, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Dark murky brown color with tall tan head. Dark fruit and brown sugar aroma. Taste - rich dark fruits, vanilla, roasted malts, dark chocolate, cherry cough syrup. Very rich and very little carbonation. It’s ok, but a tad cloying and I’m not a big fan of this. Phatdog1 (259) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours dark caramel brown with a small brown fizzy head. Lots of bubbles continue to rise to the top. Nose of prunes & metal. Wet cardboard malty flavor with a distinct tinny finish. Thick film left on the back of the tongue.
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12 oz. bottle. 2012 vintage. Pours a deep fig brown with a small tan head. Aroma of metal, dark fruits, chocolate, and toasted nuts. Flavor of dates, chocolate, dry toast, and earth. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a dry, earthy mouthfeel. Decent but I normally like this style better. arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, hints of roast, touch of earth, hints of dark fruit and red wine, some slight roast. Taste is a mix of sweet dark fruits, some roast, touch of cocoa powder, hints of a wine like note, some sweet caramel, toffee, finishing sweet. It isn’t terrible, but it is pretty sweet.
bpreo (2943) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Toffee, chocolate, and fruit. Leinenkugel’s, after nearly 150 years, is finally starting to get creative with their brews. It’s good, but the fruity aftertaste is slightly unappealing. ryanfolty (2604) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2012
December 26, 2012 - bottle from Coffee Grounds. Dark brown pour with nice amount of head. Caramel, roasted malt, toffee and dark fruit in the aroma. Taste seemed to be mostly the caramel and dark fruit with a mild alcohol and nutty finish. Tmoney99 (14978) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle. Poured dark clear brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt and toffee aroma. Medium body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium dark sweet flavor with medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex beer.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2012
12oz bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Distressing clear and thin pour, looks for all the world like a brown ale from BMC. Very little carbonation, mostly translucent rusty water. Nose is malt and toffee, with just a smidge of fruit undertones and not much promise of a robust porter, Baltic or otherwise. Sure enough, it’s thin-bodied as fuck and one-dimensional in its flavors: caramel candy, no base beer to speak of, and none of that gloriously healthy lactic body and finish I enjoy in the style. Good thing the Duck Rabbit just hit shelves this week. MaltOne (389) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012 On tap @ Silver Creek. Of the Big Eddy’s I’ve tried (Imp. Russian Stout and Wee Heavy being the others) it’s not my favorite. Pours opaque chocoate brown with a pretty cream/tan head. Aroma is a little hard to pin down... toasted hemp? Flavor follows with ... again the toasted hemp and general roastiness and a slight sour finish. Medium body. Overall, not a beer I’d stock up on, but I commend the effort - I applaud a mass producer’s effort into making a quality beer.