arminjewell (9646) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Pours red with white head, aroma of some pine and metallic hops, with some caramel. Taste up front includes pine and some caramel, leading into a slightly bitter finish with a touch of biscuit. Not bad, but not much going on. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
Tap at MSP airport. Deep copper coloured beer. Aroma is lightly malty and toasty with a light caramelly sweetness. There is a noticible kiss of spicy hops behind the sweetness. Very clean if a little bit too sweet. It’s a pretty solid brew really, even if it isn’t really my thing. chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2007
On tap (sampler) at the Minneapolis location, June 2007. Amber colour. Light caramel malt aroma. Sweetish malt flavour with a touch of spicy hops. Smooth, fairly soft, mouthfeel. Proficient, but didn’t really leave much of an impression
decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2007
RBSG07 at pub. A cleana clear amber pour with almost no head or lace. Not much on the nose at all. All the flavor comes from the malt it has a hint of bitter. The beer is pretty close to where it should be. Not much carbonation and pretty thin too. A pretty good VL that would work well as a thirst quincher an easy drinker indeed. Skyview (6034) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Sampled at brewpub prior to RBSG’07. Pours a clear reddish amber brew wtih an off-white head that quickly dissolves to a fine film and ring. Aroma is very light. Hard to pick up light caramel and pitted fruit. Taste is medium bodied, highlty carbonated with a slight toffee aftertaste. Not much hop bitterness.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Draft @ Minneapolis Brewpub: Ruby, light head and lacing. Nose of light hops and stale caramel, some cinnamon and brown sugar, chocolate chips, like a chewy bar. The flavor is bland, sharp bitterness, unbalanced. Finishes light, medium body. nearbeer (5417) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Draft at MSP airport location. Dark brown-copper with a small head that doesn’t last. Not much aroma; maybe slight dry cocoa. Dry, nutty flavor with maybe some slight chocolate raisin aftertaste. Light-medium body and watery palate. Not bad, but pretty forgettable. muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2016
Un-Muzzling Olde Muzzlehatch Ratings, #63. Draught sample at the brewpub, August 2008. Medium clear amber, thin touch of head, little residue leaves a clean glass...weak aroma with touches of caramel and cereal malts, a whiff of smoky or toasty something, but also some vegetal characteristics...and in the body it’s soggy veggies, rather off, a bit of buttery/toffee sweetness...no thanks. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 3, 2008
On tap at the Minneapolis location. Pours a translucent deep copper/amber with a medium creamy/bubbly off white head. Aroma of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, nuts and light citrus notes. Flavor was much of the same with the toasted malt, light citrus notes, toffee and nuts. beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Sampler at MSP airport, third beer in the sampler. After the other three, I found this to be the most enjoyable for the moment and then had a shaker pour. It is a clear, more brown then red, color. It has a lightly sticky lacing. Aroma is perfect balance of hops and burnt and woodsy malt behind that, yet almost no residual sweetness, nice and clean. Taste is still hoppy (grassy and sweet hops) with loads of roast malts back there as well. Some toffee in there as well that melds perfectly as well. Comes off as fruit punch with a light caramel sweetness. Still clean and so fun and easy to drink. Came off as a lagered, clean, Irish Ale more so than a Vienna, either way I liked it a lot.