JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2008 ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2005
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Dark brown generic pour, no head. Honey caramel bocky aroma. Downhill from there: Butterscotchy liquid diacetyl flavor masks hops, malts--it masks everything but the bacteria-poop taste of butterscotch. I love butterscotch, and it worked well here (although the body was a bit thick and unwieldly), but I think I may have had a bad bottle--hard to imagine, since this is probably the first batch.
Pours amber with minimal head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate with a slightly sour fruit. Weak on the flavor front. Nuffield (4245) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2008
A "New-Zealand-style" wheat beer? I’ve never heard that one. Hmm... interesting. This has all the makeup of a yeast experiment--heck, you might even call this one a cherry lambic. I think if they did that it might get wider applause. Indeed, there are some nice qualities--big lacing off-white head, rich deep red body. The aroma is candy with a hint of cocoa powder, but the flavor is cherry with a cough syrup richness, though not too sweet for my tastes. The sour/tart dimension is strong and the carbonation keeps it alive in the mouth, though the flavor is a bit thin: it is more the sensibility of tart rather than the direct sensation of flavor that drives this. Still, it’s drinkable and if given a different style it might be moderately appreciated. BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2007
12 ounce bottle. Shaker glass. Amber with a thin tan head. Aroma - hint of coffee and cocoa. Taste was tart and of sour fruit. No wheat, no yeast, no spice or anything like that. Not sure what the deal is with Viking and sour, tart beers. That seems to be a recurring theme with them.
BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Thankfully this batch of Viking brews I picked up in Hudson Last fall (old notebook rating) was entirely on. Faint wheat and strong caramel on the nose with a sweet thick body. Skyview (6115) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2007
Picked up a single bottle from Blue Max in Burnsville, MN. Pours a reddish caramel brew with a thin white head that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is interesting with hints of tropical fruits, melon, butterscotch, and caramel. Taste is a bit watery with some caramel and grassy hops. Palate is light and watery with a slight butterscotch aftertaste. It’s a little challenging to pick up the wheat and yeast flavor in this one.
Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Bottled. Poured a very nice shade of dark caramel with a minute’s worth of toffee head. The aroma is faint, with sour fruit, caramel, and coffee if you really strain the nose. Pleasant sweet caramel gives the first impression in the flavor department, but unpleasant sour fruit, cardboard, and tacky artificial sweetness come on strong.. and quickly. Dry chocolate showed up toward the finish, but couldn’t save it. Not very pleasant on the palate either. Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Cloudy brown color,with an off white,tannish head that had a decent hang time and managed to leave a bit of a lace behind.The aroma was wheat with a bit of some caramel,maybe a slight showing of fruit.The flavor was wheaty with some slight caramel hints some fruit maybe citrus and a bit of a tangy side in the beginning.Not exactly an outstanding brew but it does manage to come off as being very drinkable and smooth.It’s worth having a few more. Headbanger (4022) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2006
12oz bottle-A dark amber with a big off white head with an aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste of toffee, coffee, malt, and chocolate. Not bad. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2006
Well, I guess I had been introduced to Viking Brewery with their best offerings because this is yet another recent disappointment. Cloudy brown under an almost imperceptible head. The aroma remided me of a breakfast malt cereal. Wheat was evident as was a milk chocolate note or two. Bananas Foster comes to mind, too. But all that didn’t translate into an interesting flavor. The end result was a taste of powdered chocolate not very pleasing. jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2006
It was dark amber in color with a spare diminishing head. It was very smooth and balanced. Nice texture. Malty taste with hints of chocholate.