Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Tap at Spuyten. Pours looks nice- mostly clear deep wetallicy copper with a nice lasting head. Aroma is toasty, moderately sweet, slightly burnt toast, bready and caramel with a slight herbal hop touch. Flavor starts out a bit floral with the hops and as it warms the doughy toasty malts come through with a light caramel sweetness. Pretty good. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 7, 2009
In the 0.5L flipcap bottle from Beertopia. Deep amber color with a medium-thick white head that settles to a thin covering. Mild nutty and malty aroma. Sweetness to the taste up front, but it yields to a dessicating and unpleasant hop finish. This has an odd off-taste that is not usual to the style. ILoveNewBeer (113) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Smokey malty to nose. Color of beer is similar to the tan of the label
Too much malt for my taste, not enough hops.
Purchased because I wanted the swing-top for my own brewing purposes. gte620v (29) - Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2009
500ml bottle. dark brown poor. tastes like a lite beer. no hops, no sign of alcohol, little carbonation. not great. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Flip top bottle and served in my flip top stein: Deep golden hue with a small frothy head and okay lacing. The aroma has notes of grain, veggies, and a hint of pear esters, weak and one-note. The taste pretty much follows suit, pale bready and caramel sweet malts with a hint of fruity twang and honey around the edge, rather mundane and boring which is often the case with the genre to begin with. The palate is soft and chalky dry, not refreshing at all. Avoid this beer only because of the cost and find yourself a better lager from people like Great Lakes, New Glarus and the such.
Butters (4063) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Sampled at tronraner’s Xmas Eve^3 tasting courtesy of lithy. Clear amber pour with thin white head. Sweet and fruity malt aroma. The malty sweet flavor is balanced with a small amount hop bitterness. Kind of grainy. hayduke (5618) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 20, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2009 From a 500 ml flip top bottle purchased on sale for $3.49 at BevMo this poured a copper colored hue with off-white head and good lacing. Nose of caramel malts and floral hops. Smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is malty and floral hops as well. Easy drinking beer.
Update 12/25/09: This was from a bottle called Monk’s Fest. Good as ever. Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2009
has some mildly redeeming qualities that make not terrible, but very from anything special. slightly malty, a tad astringent. not too much on the hop front. its OK to have once but not many times. nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2009
The aroma is corn malt, cooked vegetables, wheat pasta, and grass. The appearance is amber with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma with a clean mild hop finish. The palate is thin. Overall its not bad and I will drink it but I wont buy it again. DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of hay, hops, and a little bread. Golden body, large thick creamy white head. Flavor is toasty, some sweetness, spiciness, and a touch of bitterness in the finish. Very nice and drinkable.