Pours a dark brown with a small off white head. Fairly thin body with a slight aroma of sweet malts. Pretty ordinary and not very remarkable. Not much flavor at all. Just a hint of some roasted sweet malts in the taste.
Has a great "barley berry" or "dark fruit of the grain" flavor. Leaves your palate with a good grape-ish flavor that I find more attractive than most of the other International pasteurized dark lagers now available from Germany. Since its pasteurized it travels well in the summer for distribution in the USA.
Flavor was a little spicy bitter. Malt was a little heavier than the hops. It was a little too watery.
Mouthfeel was medium light. Strangely bitter but it was pleasant on the palate. Tricky finish, first its clean and then comes back bitter.
Overall its pretty good. A little boring, and not quite what I was expecting. I was hoping for a little more from the hibiscus. It’s not something I think I would buy again, but then again, I didn’t buy this one.
Not exactly fresh. Georgeous bright gold color with a nice white bubbly head and bubble rising through the gold. Aroma is grainy, bready, spice. Taste is bready, lemon, a touch of sweet malts. Mouth feel is not thin; there is a substantialness there. The hops begin to assert a bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. The bitter aftertaste lingers quite awhile.
Overall a good beer. However this beer may not be for everyone-- beer is refreshing, light bodied, not dry at all, and leaves a clean aftertaste. Beer smells faintly like roasted nuts, and looks good in a glass.
This beer is certainly unique-- a light feeling dark beer, so dark beer purists may not enjoy this, but then again maybe it is the perfect dark beer for a niche group-- a light refreshing dark beer that can be drank anytime, anywhere.
About as good, if not better than I thought. Reminds me of a spiced up brown ale. Light brown, slight red-orange appearance. Malty caramel taste with a clean hoppy finish. I missed out on this during the season and never tried, so bought a single to sample. Will be looking out for it though next fall, as it a fine seasonal brew for the price.
AROMA: Light sweet grainy malt without cereal notes. Minor presence floral/spicy hops. Clean fermentation. 10/12
APPEARANCE: Clear golden color; large bright white froth mostly dissipates, but does leave a bit of lacing. 3/3
FLAVOR: A moderate, firm amount of sweet grainy malt. Almost has a bit of a caramel flavor in the background. Palette becomes a bit more rustic and cracker-like on the departure. There is a low presence of spicy/earthy hops as it’s finishing with a slightly dry bitter aftertaste. Clean fermentation. Well-balanced and quite enjoyable. 18/20
MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. More smooth and calm than effervescent. Has the refreshing quality of a pale lager with a clean aftertaste. Plenty of character for 5% ABV and possibly sessionable.
Deep dark brown coloured body with a large, soapy light brown head, about two centimetres tall, that leaves a pretty ugly lace on the side of the glass. Aroma of cream, milk, lactose, light malt, nuts and very little else - mellow in the nose. Light to Medium-bodied; Assertive cream, milk and lactose flavours throughout with a lot of nuts, earth and malt, but the lactose and cream are very evident, even on the end. Aftertaste shows a lot of milk, some earthy malt and toffee sweetness coupled with a touch of light cherry and fruit flavours near the end - nice and subtle. Overall, a smooth and very mild stout with a thinnish body and showing only a touch of complexity from fruit, compared with the majority of the taste - which is all about cream and lactose with some small malts.
Yellow pour, monstrous head. 5 minutes later i can finally start this one. Aroma is yeast, light citrus, wheat. Taste is prettmuch the same, yeast, lemon, wheat, very light spice that my palate has a hard time picking out. Lighter body. Refreshing, but i'll (reluctantly) reach for a circus boy every time over this one. Ponder that for a second.