slowrunner77 (13171) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"Flip top bottle - better presentation than the other brew we’ve had from them (in that this was was carbonated :)) but still kind of a generic out of focus brew. Fruity, low bitterness, interesting brew - but total lack of focus or discernable style, combined with a high price = not one to go back to most likely."
wchesser (2159) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Bottle 81 of 1350. Beautiful deep Amber color but pours totally flat with an aggressive pour. Nose is almost barley wine like. Loads of sweet malt, red wine barrel influence is present in mouth feel and with light oak, but finishes short almost ciderlike. Shame about the carbonation. Concealer (1278) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Bomber, swing cap. Nice packaging and labels. Pours a clear, dark amber with thin off white head. The head does not last. Smells of malt, oak, tart and sweet fruits, and some spice. Flavor is caramel, malt, yeast, light fruit, light spice and wood. Dry finish. Lingering fruit. zoucrew102 (2233) - - JUL 4, 2013
Bomber. Oaky, boozy aroma with notes of vanilla and dark fruit. Pours copper colored with very little head. Dark fruit flavor with vanilla notes. Oaky with a heavy boozy finish. Quite nice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone palepaul (2) - PARKER, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2013 does not count
Aroma: Malty caramel, vanilla with a slight hop floral mixed with wine.
Appearance: Clear dark coppery amber
Taste: slight malty sweet nicely balanced with hop bitterness.
Palate:initially fizzy lively thereafter with quickly disappearing head. medium body with oak, wine and citrus finish
A Really different Marzen but an enjoyable drink
rarbring (2290) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2013
Aroma: Smelling of egg muffins, apples and yeast.arminjewell (9721) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Appearance: A clouded dark amber colored beer. A low off-white head with no lacing and some curtains.
Taste: Tasting sweet white bread, apple marmalade and yeast.
Palate: Low carbonation, a soft and oily texture. A good body.
Overall: Very sweet and fruity, no bitterness.Seemed to not have primed.
Note: Bottle 750 ml, no 744/1350. Reviewed 2013-03-31.
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, clear red pour with white head, aroma has notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla, some slight oak, biscuit, bread, some slight spice, earth, hints of grape in there as well, pretty tasty but not much going on. Taste is a mix of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, bread, some slight oak, wine and bready notes, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter, dry. Ratman197 (15608) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2012
750 ml swing top bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, oak, vanilla, fruittiness and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, oak, vanilla and light citrus with a smooth dry lingering vanilla finish. drjay44 (3887) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2012
750 ml. swing top bottle. Number 6 of 1350. Pours a thin, short lived, ivory head with very slight lacing, over a mildly hazy, deep amber (SRM 15) body....nose is very vinous, with raisin, plum, fig....taste is heavy vinous layers with hints of sweetness from raisin, plum tones, followed by hints of apple and pear, leading to a lightly bitter finish, with cloying sweetness....mouth feel syrup sticky, on the light of medium, carbonation low. The vinous contribution of the wine barrel dominate the aromas and flavors of this beer The malts are present, but so modified by the barrel that it is difficult to deconstruct what is going on. There may be hops present, but they too are hidden by the wine barrels contribution. This particular bottle was not at all an Octoberfest/Marzen. It is something trending, vaguely, in the general direction of Saison. This points out a difficulty in a small batch artisanal type brew of bottle numbering. Was it first or last? They can vary tremendously, but are still from the same batch. The companies website was of no help in saying exactly what they were aiming for. I’ll crap out and rate it to aroma and taste as a "Belgian Style Creation". Belgian brewers have no regard for style when they get nuts. Also, I can understand all the difficulties the prior rater had in deciding what the style of this beer is. BJCP 8/3/12/4/7 Ernest (7886) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted bread), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), with notes of honey, peach.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Hard to guess what they were going for here, but my nose is saying "maerzen" over and over...ample melanoidin and floral-fruity hops would make me guess this was from Germany in a blind tasting, which is a big compliment. Sadly it’s too syrupy sweet in the mouth to be a winner, but it shows a helluva lot more promise than the awful apple "saison". The biggest limitation here is the fact that it isn’t the sort of beer that’s likely to benefit from time in a barrel. This recipe has definite promise but needs better attenuation (too syrupy sweet) and a fresher sort of treatment...it’s too dull and muted as-is...would love to know what characters faded away in the barrel. Judging from this one sample, I want to see this brewer abandon the barrel stuff and make some straight-ahead German low/medium-gravity lagers. That’s what America is really lacking great examples of.