DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a mug.
3.0 A: Clear orange amber color. One finger of frothy beige head. Retention is lacking, but itís possible that thatís due to the birch syrup. No lacing.
4.0 S: Wow, the birch really comes through in this. The strongest aroma is maple nut candies, but with birch instead of maple. Thereís something else thatís really distinct, but I just canít figure out what it is right now. Good bit of toffee with some caramel underneath. An almost tanginess that could come from the syrup or the malts. Light booziness. Candied date fruitiness.
4.0 T: Again lots of birch, toffee, and sugariness. Candied date, currants, and plum fruitiness. Not as tangy as the nose, but thereís still a little bit of it. It tastes like it smells, but itís a bit smoother actually. Booze is well hidden.
4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation that is almost spritzy. Good here. Super smooth.
4.0 D: Of the one other birch related beer Iíve had, this is by far the best. Done very well, tasty, and great on the palate.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-06-2012 03:50:26
Ratman197 (8513) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, fruittiness, bread and light metallic notes. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee, brown sugar and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering brown sugar finish.
5000 (5645) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: † Deep dark amber, thin light beige head, sparce lacing. † Strong sweet honeycomb like flavors, bready, mealy, with some of that bit o honey candy like aroma. † Interesting flavor profile, some syrup (perhaps the birch?), very bready, mealy, nutty, and even a touch biscuity. † Feels cloying despite not being too heavy. † Body and mouthfeel are moderate. † Heavy biscuit and nuttiness on the finish. † Not bad, but at times its sticky and too syrupy.
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My palate is freshly raped by a glass of Hop Stoopid (sorry).
Poured from 22oz bomber to pint glass:
Nice looking bock. Looking rather still.
The nose certainly boasts some caramely birch syrup - such a unique ingredient and surprisingly distinguishable from other tree syrups. Nice. A bit of leather and toffee here as well.
A lot of the same notes tend to surface on the tongue with the addition of a pretty distinct mineral type finish. Smells better than it tastes.
The after taste detracts from the feel but the consistency is good.
I always love trying beers that utilize birch syrup.
wlajwl (3340) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is malts, mild nuttiness and sweetness from the syrup. The flavor is malts, sweetness from the syrup and a hint of grains and alcohol in the finish. It wasnít quite cloying but probably wouldíve been better without the syrup.
Tmoney99 (9635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark copper color with an average off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy balanced malt aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Good balanced sweet malt flavor with a moderate to heavy smooth balanced finish of moderate to long duration. Solid doppelbock.
brenn79 (1342) - Idaho, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle- Pours clearish orangeish red with a thin head that reduces to a collar immediately. Aroma is definitely birch syrup, sweet, fruity. The taste is the same, the birch syrup really resonates, tasty, sweet with a mild dry finish. Body is a little thin and carbonation is medium. Overall It is no award winner, but I still like it.
Wittales (515) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance was clear root beer with creamy diminishing off white 1 finger head, no lacing. Aromas where sweet caramel, chocolate,nutty, brown sugar, congac like. Taste was caramel, chocolate malts, slight piney hops with a touch of birch syrup. Palate was silky light CO2 with a medium body. Malty and sweet average length finish. This dopplebock surprise me, I likey...
b3shine (3566) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle to taster (thanks Bunker). Looks good; amber with nice carbonation and lacing. Smells decent; tastes okay, but nothing special. Meh.
peteinSD (1183) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Bronze/brown color in the glass with a slick of tan foam. Aroma is heavy raisin and sweet malt with something else that is birch I guess although it doesnít really present like wood. Taste is dominated by sweet malt, raisin, molasses-type sweetness, a smidge of hop bitterness, and some mellower sweet flavors through the finish. Not sure where the birch features in the flavor. Slightly coating mouthfeel. Nice doppelbock although Iím not sure what the birch syrup or speciality malts added to the beer. Enjoyable.