Slipstream (2557) - USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice bottle with a swing cap, and a cool-looking, mustard-colored label. Opaque brown pour with a fizzy head. The aroma is tangy, with noteworthy malts. The flavor is earthy - smoky and lightly bitter, but still pretty light on the palate. So this is a landbier. To me it tastes like a respectable brown ale - modestly hopped, and not too sweet, or too much of anything.
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark but clear nut brown color with a small to medium sized tan head. Nose and flavor center around bready malt, bran and caramel, with little to no hop aroma or bitterness noted, instead it’s crushed bread crumbs, toast, some sweetish bran, etc. Not bad at all, similar to a dunkel I would say.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL (?) bottle, courtesy of kramer17801, pre-BCTC tasting. Thanks, Jason! Pours a hazy, reddish-brown color; light tan head with fine-bubbled lacing; nice pour. Toasty cereal, light brown sugar, and wet malts in the aroma. Medium mouthfeel: cereal, light citrus, and soft brown sugar notes upfront; lively, crisp carbonation and acidity; very drinkable stuff; good, toasty rendition. Lengthy finish: toasted cereals, light citrus; some toastiness and a touch of lasting acidity at the far end.
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Deep amber pour with a strong and creamy light tan head. Sweet roasted aroma with mildly spicy dark-German malts. Seems Doppelbock-like with pretzel dough notes. Creamy body with mild carbonation. Nice malt driven flavor. Authentic roasted German malts with spicy notes, pretzel dough and a sweet toasted mildly chocolaty finish. Reminded me a bit of Celebrator Doppelbock. Nice.
leaparsons (10305) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Chestnut coloured with a small off-white head. Aromas are nutty and earthy with berries. Some rye with smoky notes. Flavours are nutty with bitter hops. Weetabix and chocolate malts with a dry finish.
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a beautiful clear brown red color with a large amount of very creamy offwhite head. Looks absolutely delicious. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, bit of earthy smokiness. Flavor is a bit of nutiness, bit watery, slight smokiness, and a bit of yeast. Not bad.
TaxiDriver (1775) - Stadland, GERMANY - JUN 8, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Moderate malty, light mold. Medium sized brown creamy head, rather fast disappearing. Dark red body. Moderate bitter, average duration. Medium body, dry texture, soft carbonation; light metallic finish.
LagerHogger (12) - USA - MAY 25, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 500ml swing top bottle. Popped the top of the bottle and was met with a frothing bubbly mess. Bottle poured a beautiful red-brown with a lovely off-white head that left a thick lacing. Smell is quite malty with a hint of caramel and wood smoke. Flavor is roasted malt and slightly bitter with some subtle hops. This sweet, smoky and slightly bitter brew tastes like it would be a great compliment to just about any barbecued meat. I would definitely enjoy this one again.
kramer (6533) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a rather dark mahogany brown body, and it looks completely clear. Plenty of carbonation going on here given the loud pop of the stopper. Dry toasty malt nose, cereal grains, a little huskiness, and a undertone of smoke. This actually smells pretty damn great. The flavor is similarly toasty with a great subtle smokiness lingering in the background. Just the slightest bit of bitterness on the finish, very malt-centric. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight bit of huskiness and soft fizzy carbonation. Overall, this was an extremely big surprise for me. It’s like a smoked Dunkle. This is seriously underrated! The only reason I can think that this rates so poorly is the general lack of love for Smoked beers. Delicious!
beerengineer01 (1) - USA - MAY 12, 2008 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16.9 oz flip top bottle: nice and cold 32 degrees nice pop when opened, and wonderful aroma. poured bottle brown nice clarity reddish brown. wonderful double, light head good carbonation level. Delicious dark roasted malt flavor, hints of biscuit, and caramel. Wonderful low acidity hops add great balance to the sweet malt flavors in thus double. I finished all in my variety pac.