LTD Series - 06 - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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very good

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 173
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 5.97%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-10-2012

A new holiday beer for our Limited Edition Lager series. LTD 06 is a black bock that is lush and full bodied with hints of roast, coffee, and chocolate in the aroma followed by flavors of caramel and figs with a long creamy smooth finish. LTD 06 is brewed as a Czech style Cerné Speciální with 2 row Pale, Munich, Caramel, and Chocolate Malts and hopped with Santiam and Perle hops.
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Photo of kojevergas
2.35/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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).

D+ (1,896 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (884 characters)

Photo of Fergyx825
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Overall: okay. (390 characters)

Photo of kristenspaintings
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (634 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (253 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (265 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (817 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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. (819 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany with red highlights, minimal mocha head fades immediately to a ring, no lacing.

Grainy, black tea, some heat, some roast, and a nip of sweetness. Okay, nothing special.

Like the nose it is black tea/grainy, lightly roasty, with some sweet caramel maltyness. Not getting the chocolate or coffee as advertised on the bottle.

Adequately carbonated, thin side of medium body, and touch of bitterness in the finish. Feels thin for 7%.

Decent but not special. I guess for a lager you could almost say it's pretty good. I doubt I'll have it again. Worth a try if you are a ticker, I guess. (595 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours dark, near black with deep ruby hues where light can penetrate. The head is off-white, about a finger thick and with fair retention. Lacing is spotty, with little stick.

Smell - Roasted malts, coming across as dark chocolate, touches on coffee, berry and a bit of smokiness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Fruit berry sweetness upfront, then undercut by some dark chocolate bitterness. Subtle smokiness comes through mid-taste and carries on into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with ample, though somewhat fizzy carbonation. Finishes with decent smoothness.

Overall - Good beer, but it's not really doing it for me. It's basically a porter in a lager body. No problem drinking it, but I probably wouldn't buy it again, if only because I'd rather have an actual porter or stout in it's stead. (817 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Brown bread. figs & pears

T: Follows the nose, some figgy notes, a touch of raisin & carob up front. A touch of charred grain. more dark fruit, dryness & a touch of breadyness & some pear & just a kiss off booze as this warms. Finishes with boozey pears, dryness & raisins

MF: Medium bodied/slightly chewy with low carbonation, thins a touch as this warms

An alright dopplebock, nothing too exciting, but a decent entre to the style (512 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a slight off white head that instantly recedes. Aroma leads with some figs and caramel, underneath theres some roastiness with a little earthiness. Flavor offers a nice dose of figs and raisins, caramel, a lttle chocolate and closes out with some roasted coffee grinds. Not very delicate, more heavy handed and direct in its delivery. Fuller bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, solid beer here. Better than I went in expecting it to be. (457 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a moderate cap of tan head. Retention and lacing are not all that great.

Nose is cocoa laden with some other notes of roast and sweet cream. Nose is most like a porter than anything else.

Taste gets a few more things going - some toast, licorice and some vegetal earthiness. Cocoa is still there, drier than it smelled...not much sweetness here. Mouthfeel is fairly full for an EDL, more bockish if you axe me. Not bad, a solid addition to the enjoyable LTD series, I try and buy a sixer each time I see a new one. (559 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

the label says I will think coffee and chocolate. not sold really. nice richer looking dark brown color and some patchy just off white lace on it. a nose of lager yeast must and roasted barley, rather simple, but fully appetizing. the taste is also straight forward. there is indeed some chocolate here, a mix of cocoa powder and Hershey bar. not sweet, but only because its a lager and the long slow cold fermentation tames it. bitter on the back end like a cup of drip, but its from the barley, clearly. I do like the feel a lot. with a slightly fuller body and a dusty almost chalky palate, still with nice carbonation. the dark malt is awesome, simple and clean, which is just right. what I do not like is its semi-gimmicky mix of flavors, its filling qualities, and its odd mix of bitter and sweet. its good, not great. at 7% abv I don't need more than one, but I am glad I tried it. when full sail first hit the scene, it was magic. since then, even in this ltd series, its been lackluster. (996 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty cool - this is kind of a spin on the Tmavé pivo style of Czech dark lagers. They're usually a bit like a schwarzbier/dunkel hybrid. This is a bit on the strong side, but supposedly that's what they're shooting for.
Dark brown, lots of foam that settles out. If there's ever been a consistent flaw in the LTD series, it's head retention.
The flavor profile departs from tradition a bit as there's a clear roastyness to it that very few traditional dark lagers have. The dark chocolate and mild coffee notes are there, but probably a little too burnt for a lager. A mild sweetness is there with some sips, but the finish is very dry and perhaps a little one-dimensional.
Seems like a stronger, roastier version of their Session Black. Not sure why they aren't going more in the traditional bready direction as I think it would be more drinkable without the roasty notes lingering.
Pretty good and a fun departure for the season with the LTD line-up. It isn't perfectly suited for my tastes, but it's not bad either. If you like Session Black, you'll probably like this, too. (1,081 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Very dark brown with a khaki head that forms a thin collar. Average retention with zero lacing.

S - Caramel, cocoa, roasted malts, charred grass, black pepper, dairy sweetness.

T - Dark fruit bread, caramel, brown bread crust, toffee, molasses, cocoa, raspberries, cherries, old coffee, a woody bitterness on the back end. Finishes with some tangyness on he end.

M - Smooth creamy feel, low to medium carbonation, heavy side of medium bodied.

The chocolate stands out more than any other flavor to me, the flavor is breadier than the nose describes. I liked this one. The Euro Dark Lager style can be ho hum but this one shines through. I've been impressed with all the ltd series. (737 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this for $5, score! The label mentions chocolate but I would not go that far. Dark black color, decent head. Smells roasty, dark, malts. Flavor is more of the same, very dark malts. This is a good lager, not sure what style it would be because I'm pretty much a novice at drinking lager beers. I would definitely buy another one of these for $5, that was a fucking steal. (392 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a deep, dark brown with little light getting through and a half finger of khaki head that doesn't stick aorund very long.

Smell. Some dark roasted malts and chocolate with some sweet black coffee.

Taste. Some sweet and grainy dark roasted malts, a little yeasty with a bit of black coffee.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium carbonation.

Overall. An easy drinker with some decent dark flavours going on. Drank a few of these in the hot tub on some snowy evenings at the cabin over the Christmas break. Perfect for that venue. (546 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

almost black but clear, not bad on the head and lacing.

Aroma and flavor definitely do have notes of chocolate and coffee, especially chocolate. There are some toasty notes, and a little bit of dark fruits.

Body is pretty full for a lager, creamy and pretty smooth.

Interesting beer, certainly worth a try. (311 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely dark amber-brown hue with ruby highlights and no haze to the body. Head is a thin finger of frothy tan foam. Quite good.

Smell: rich chocolate and coffee notes above a bready, yeasty lager base. There's also the vegetal hop aroma that comes along with roasty beers like porters -- not necessarily a bad thing, but not always alluring. So, overall, a little rough, but with a number of good qualities.

Taste: bready and chocolatey right up front; coffee flavors, yeasty flavors and a pretty strong bitterness develop toward the end. The coffee ends up being a high point; this is a lot of character in this beer, if, as in the aroma, it's a little rough around the edges.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: a good example of the style. It's kind of like a lager-yeasted porter -- something about which I can't complain. (943 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a small tan head that fades, leaves plenty of lacing over a body of dark molasses brown beer.

S: As promised, smells of mocha. Also dark roasty malts, caramel, cocoa and coffee more so as it warms. Gets better as it warms.

T: Follows smell. Large lager. Doppel bock is pretty much what I'd call it, which is a tasty style. Creamy chocolate and rich, roasty malt lager. Dark grain toast, molasses, charred wood. Sweet but finishing dry. Not cloying. Good roast meat beer. Slightly burnt firewood and drying wool, a winter charmer.

Mouth is medium and pleasant esp due to bitterness in the finish.

A bit salty too. A bit of an odd one. Perhaps too multi-directional. A worth trying experiment, but slightly over done? (729 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes.
12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane.

Poured a color somewhere between dark brown and ebony, taking on a rubyish shade when held up to light. Big, creamy tan head, that left lots of lace.

The aroma was of roasted malts, with coffee and cocoa notes. No hop notes stood out.

Coffee and cocoa flavors, in pretty much equal amounts, stand out more in the taste than in the aroma. Finishes clean.

Oily mouthfeel, which made for an odd bedfellow when paired up with the clean, lager finish.

Not terribly complex but still an interesting take on, I suppose, a schwarzbier. I would drink this again. (623 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 3.21.13

A - Pours a dark brown with a one finger dark tan head, good retention.

S - Coffee, roasted malt, subtle chocolate.

T - Lager-ish, with subtle coffee and chocolate.

D - Light body with a good carbonation.

O - There's really no coffee and chocolate in this? Keep making more please. (311 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best By: 02/19/14

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a fizzy light tan head, minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is pretty nice of malts, slight chocolate/coffee. The taste is very nice malty, nice notes of chocolate/coffee (even though the bottle sez there is none). Medium body, slightly dry/bitter finish. Overall this is a tasty brew, I would buy again. (385 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark chestnut brown with a medium tan creamy head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, notes of plum, roasty malt, mild cacao and espresso like bitterness. Taste the same as aroma. Palate is a medium body, rich and creamy with good carbonation and slightly sticky mouth feel. The finish is sweet sticky caramel malt, dark fruit, a nice chocolate and roasted espresso bitterness in the end for balance. A very rich and full flavored brew. Overall a good flavorful and tasty brew for the holidays (493 characters)

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