Braudog (6836) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Poured a chocolate brown with a pretty big pillowy head. Very malty aroma with a bit of wood-chippiness. Flavor is lighter, a wisp of smoke, chocolate malt and a light fruity bite. Good. lamas (1655) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 2, 2006
500mL bottle courtesy of Degarth. Pours a clear amber with a thick khaki head. Caramel, bready malts, some graininess and a hint of coffee in the aroma. Body is on the thin side. Crisp. Starts with some very sweet caramel and bready malts. Finishes with a nice roasty bitterness. A solid beer. elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 22, 2006
A malty bready nutty medium sweet brew with little detectable hop character/bitterness. I can appreciate the this example of the style, but it’s not going to make my shopping list. starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Caramel and malt aroma. Clear chestnut brown colour and lasting off-white head. Nice complexity of flavours, malt and toffee, but it’s undermined halfway through by an intrusive roasted citrus. Mmph. Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Thanks to SecretSanta Degarth for sending this my way. Very nice dark brown body with a hint of ruby. Nice frothy ivory head with a roasted maple sugar and caramel aroma. Roasted malt flavor, with some nice dark fruit accents, cherry is evident. Sweet and dry ending.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Thanks to Degarth for sending this to richmond. Clear brown body with a medium creamy white head. Sweet roasted malt and caramel aroma. Sweet malty flavor with some roasted malt in the end. nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 29, 2006
From bottle. Fortunately, a fresh bottle (often a problem with the continental european imports). Perfect for a rare cool, crisp northern California night in late july. Pours with a nice transluscent light red hue, and a bit of head. Delicious toasted malt aroma - much like cocoa. Great toasted malt flavor, reminds me of New Belgium fat tire/1554 but a more full-force toasted/cocoa malt flavor than either of those. Low, noble hop flavor. Very clean, very drinkable. A touch on the sweet side, but not cloying. Great beer. nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2006
The aroma has chocolate malt with yeast and some hops. There is also a paper smell that seems to be present in so many central European beers. The appearance is brown and very clear with a decent head. The flavor is sweet with all the elements of the aroma present. The palate is light. There is a slight metallic taste in the finish but overall its not bad, just a little weak. This sort of reminds me of coco puffs. Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Aroma has a coconut smell with some syrupy notes. Taste is very bread like with sweet fruit and a after taste of of light toasted malts NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2007 Aroma is sweet malts with very faint molasses notes that effect a molasses/brown sugar infused bread aroma. Body is a transparent mahogany amber and holds a fluffy tan head that is a full two fingers thick. Fore is crisp and slightly biting (unexpected) then sweet smooth malt flavors follow. Sweet bread, sugary syrup notes, toasty malts and mashed banana/vanilla wafers. Fairly aggressive hopping for the style leads to a mildly bitter and dry finish.