b3shine (8373) - Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle to pint. Looks fine; a transparent orangish-brown with off-white head that dissipates into lacing. Smells weird; skunky, roasty, and malty. Tastes like it smells with a semi-sweet backbone. Average (at best) on the palate. Not awful, but not good either.
DiarmaidBHK (4431) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from vintage estate. Pours brown with an inch of khaki foam. Hints of toffee, caramel, and butter on the nose. The diacetyl is prominent on the tongue but fades as the beer warms. Unfortunately not much flavor replaces it. Finishes clean. It could be a really solid beer without all of the butter.
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty solid fest beer. Malty aromas. Pours amber with a white head. Sweet malt flavors which linger on the palate. Overall a pretty solid fest.
FROTHINGSLOSH (7189) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark caramel color with a large creamy orange-tan head that lingered and left some lacing. The aroma was sweet toasted caramel and butterscotch. The flavor was sweetish and tangy toasty caramel, butterscotch and moderate vague fruity hops. There was a faintly vegetal undertone. The finish was long. Fairly full bodied. Ok.
obguthr (5941) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2011
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tart aroma of vinegar and chemicals, acetone. Clear auburn, thin yellow head. Somewhat tart malt, cherries, slightly chemical. Vanilla finish. Not a very good maerzen, poorly executed.
Capa (2958) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice light brown/amber color. A bit of caramel malts and some spicy hops in the aroma. Medium body. Flavor has nice toasted caramel malts, biscuit, earthy hops, and a bit of spice. Decent fest beer.
fedinspect (1) - , Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2011 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
After reading the latest comments, it appears that the brewery got this year’s batch right. Nice aroma and great taste. Not extremely hoppy or bitter. A little kick as well (ABV - 6.1%). But since it’s a local brew for me and a case price that’s right ($21), I might be a little biased. I’d suggest everyone try this year’s batch again.
Leafs93 (2206) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours brown. Aroma is roasty, malty anda hint of caramel. Taste is a muted sweetness, a litter bitter on the finish. Much better then the ratings would suggest.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 7, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured a clear, pale copper color with no head to speak of, just some white bubbles. The aroma was medicinal and malty. The flavor was astringent, cut by some light roasted malt and a touch of sweetness. Thin body. Harshly carbonated. Not good.
Drjohnrock (748) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle from Jungle Jim’s tasted on September 14, 2010. Clear medium orange/amber color, sweet aroma with troubling overtones of chemicals and cheap pale lager-type graininess, sweet toasted malt flavor battles with chemical elements and comes up somewhat short. Disappointing, especially in light of my enjoyment of Stegmaier Bock and Stegmaier Porter.