LTD Series - 06 - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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2.35/5 rDev -38.5%
7.0% ABV confirmed. I keep buying Full Sail's beers even though they're usually crap because they're just so affordable at Trader Joe's. I picked this one up at the Santa Monica location. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery and style (which I doubt this brewery can satisfactorily pull off, frankly).
Served a fair bit warmer than refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a half finger khaki thin head of little cream and below average retention. Colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. An interesting appearance for the style, but underwhelming all around.
Sm: Dark malts, cream, must, artificial berry, and sugary malts. Not a great aroma. I'm hesitant about this one. Mild in strength.
T: Sugary dark malts combined with crappily executed caramel and some stale artifical malts. Too sugary and artificial. Drinks like a crappy schwarzbier. Very cola-esque in sugar content and taste. Sugarcane. No, there is no chocolate or coffee in this - and no, my taste buds do not think there is. I hate presumptive labels. Simple, bland, and boring. Not a good flavour all around. Imbalanced.
Mf: Tingly, sugary, smooth, and wet. Some underlying artificial coarseness. I can feel my teeth rotting as the liquid touches them.
Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. By no means a good beer; not even of average quality. I wouldn't trifle with this again, even at its good price. A poor example of the style, though it does hide its ABV surprisingly well - maybe its best attribute. Leave this one on the shelf; there are far better beers to be had at this price point (especially in Trader Joe's).
12-06-2012 05:30:22 | More by kojevergas
3/5 rDev -21.5%
Poured from a longneck into a sampler. A semi-aggressive pour produces a 1/4 inch off-white head that dissipates quickly. The beer is a moderately dark yellowish brown with orange highlights. Carbonation seems light to moderate.
Not too much on the nose other than sweet malt. The flavor has a tangy-maltiness with some coffee-like bitterness and dark fruit. Sometimes I get a little chocolate too. There is also a cherry-like tang that lingers in the aftertaste. At times, the effect is reminiscent of a chocolate covered cherry, but with a fairly strong dose of cherry pit bitterness ala Kirsch liqueur. The taste is interesting and fairly complex, but the tang is a bit much at times, and the body is fairly thin for a dark seasonal beer.
This beer would be better if the tanginess could be reduced and the head retention improved. It's drinkable but nothing to write home about.
12-09-2013 02:53:33 | More by archyquaffer
3.13/5 rDev -18.1%
Another beer with no prior descriptions.
Appearance: another dark beer, that is almost pitch black. Not much head on the pour. A little remains on the top and over the surface of the beer.
Smell: malty beer with no hops.
Taste: Malty taste, a little bit sweetness in there. There is not to much here.
Mouthfeel: Light beer, with some light carbonation. Very drinkable.
12-07-2013 04:48:45 | More by Fergyx825
3.38/5 rDev -11.5%
This beer as a nice smell and a creamy, toasted caramel head. The color is a very dark, opaque brown-black. You can't see through this even when it's held up to the light. It looks a lot like coffee in this way, at least the coffee I drink. I agree with the statement on the bottle suggesting coffee and chocolate flavors. It’s the flavor of very strong black coffee or dark, bittersweet chocolate. Both have a little tang and a bitter bite to them that this beer also has, plus a malty sweetness that makes this a very good beer.
In my opinion, it’s a well-crafted beer. It's among the better American bock-style beers I've had.
03-12-2013 12:51:02 | More by kristenspaintings
3.43/5 rDev -10.2%
12oz : tulip
Black, with deep red highlights. Craggy, foamy light brown head.
Roasty malt notes in both the nose and taste. Faint cocoa notes as well.
Medium+, smooth body, with mild carbonation.
A well done lager, easy drinking. A good winter beer.
11-15-2012 09:40:30 | More by vkv822
3.45/5 rDev -9.7%
Almost a finger of tan head on a black colored body.
Smell is a strong roasted malt.
Taste has the roasted malt with coffee undertones. A flavorful lager.
Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisper texture.
A tasty dark lager. The flavors of a stout in a lager.
12-27-2012 00:36:29 | More by Fatehunter
3.45/5 rDev -9.7%
Enjoy By – 01/25/13 – Oh well
A – Pours a dark dark translucent brown, and leaves a fluffy light brown 2 finger head that is soon to disappear, but leaves nice lacing.
S – Some fresh coffee notes, light sweet cocoa powder, but underneath it all is an unmistakable lager backbone.
T – Bitter, burnt coffee here, some light cocoa notes come in again on the finish. A little licorice as well.
M – Light-Medium body, a bit strange with the darkness of this brew. The finish is clean, and quite crisp and leads to a finish that is quite quick.
O – A conundrum here, tip my hat to Full Sail for making a lager with such flavor and complexity, but still, I wish it was richer and smoother, it has typical lager carbonation and characteristics, and is a bit off-putting with the real darkness of this one.
02-24-2013 07:33:13 | More by Moose90
3.49/5 rDev -8.6%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, lager yeast and a touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty roasted malt character and lager yeast. Then some sweet flavors of coffee and chocolate quickly follow. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.
M: A little crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.
04-13-2014 04:08:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
LTD Series - 06 from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.