MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2012
Translucent chestnut, oily cream top, large bubbled ring. Nose is rich roast, wood, caramel sweetness in check by grain. Flavor is fantastically balanced, so much toasty grain and honey, huge balance, yet so delicate through the silky finish. Fantastic shit. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2012
Growler thanks to EricE. Huge tan head formation. Rocky and sheen. Great lace and retention. Roasty, sharper nose with some melon fruitiness. Taste is tangy, roasty, mild coffee, soil, earth. Dry, tangy palate. Drier. On style. Sessionable roasty lager.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Travlr (26066) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Almost black, thin beige head, solid lacing. Aroma of chocolate strup with a bit of pine. Taste is bitter chocolate added to lager. I’m not sure the combo really works. BeerandBlues2 (13806) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
Tap at Centreville. Pours clear black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (roast, chocolate, coffee), average hops (spicy), and notes of prune and tar. Flavor is average malt (toast, coffee, chocolate, roast), average-light hops (spicy, floral), and notes of tar and charcoal. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth with a dry finish. JoeMcPhee (9549) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2011
Sampled at RBSG Grand Rapids. Deep amber pour. A little bit of soft cocoa. Fresh and earthy. Cocoa overlying some mostly pale malt. Fairly clean finish though. A touch of roast on the back - but nothing crazy. Long lingering bitterness.
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2010
bottle shared at Grand Tasting - grassy and nutty with plenty of lagery yeast character and a touch of roast and chocolate. j12601 (13099) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2010
Had this courtesy of Ryan at the Grand Tasting during RBSG. Pours a clear ruby tinged brown with a thin white head. Coffee and toast, roast and light smoke. Thin mocha and roast. Cocoa and toast. deyholla (12205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Growler shared by Ryan (thanks!) at the RBSG Grand Tasting. Poured slightly hazy dark amber with a near white yellow brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was dark grains with a bit of caramel and grassy notes. Flavor had some more smoke combining with some roasted malts and grassy notes. Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Growler shared by ryan at the RBSG Grand Tasting... an interesting place to pad my dominance of Virginia beers. Neat! Pours a clear brown color with a medium tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and nutty notes. The taste is caramel. nutty notes and roasted malts. Medium bodied. Nice. brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Deep thin brownish amber, with some white head. Aroma is very mild, with a touch of sweetness, chocolate and malt. Flavor has roasted malts, caramel and a moderate sweetness. Malty finish with bitter hops.