Iphonephan (2231) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12 bottle shared at home. Pours a clear dark cola brown with a thick ecru head. Malty nose with a hint of raisins. Flavors of plum and other red fruits. Moderately full mouthfeel. Slight bitter finish with a bit of tartness.
czar (3268) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours thick dark brown with a nice mediumd ark beige head, good retention and nice lacing patterns. dark nutty malts, caramel, roasted wheat, oat’s smoothness, some sweetness - demerara-like, powdery chocolate, peppery, bit of earthiness, hint of phenols, spices - some cloves, clean german yeast profile. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily and nicely smooth, short but present spicy-grassy finish. nicely crafted.
cmonster (939) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle served in a dimpled mug. Porus thick cola with a heavy, medium sized tan head. Big malt nose and palate. Very nutty with a bit of chocolate. Medium-plus body, soft carbonation, slick texture, and an oily, bitter finish. Delicious brew.
biirusaikou (273) - - AUG 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cocoa, grape hops aromas. Toffee liquor flavor, roasted malt, lime, light bitter finish. Quite elegant and pleasant hoppy dark bock.
sic1314 (1984) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a very dark reddish brown with a tight beige head. Aroma of vinous fruit and a bit of caramel malt. Medium body, flavour of roast malt, a bit overpowering, with some liquorice and dark fruit in the mix.
shrubber85 (6510) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cola and cocoa malt aroma. Dark brown with giant light brown head. Mildly sweet brown sugar and chocolate malt flavor. Nice body. A tasty beer but tastes more like a schwarzbier.
flying_pig (758) - SCOTLAND - JUL 1, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow:
Roasted malts and some sweet caramel on the nose with a hint of alcohol but this is minor. There is a darker, fruity aroma with more sweetness following this with raisins and some plum too.
Opaque black with a large, foamy head that is light brown and looks quite creamy.
Dark malts with roasted malts and a hint of caramel sweetness with a little grain and alcohol. There is some darker fruits and a hint of chocolate and coffee too. More malty than the smell would suggest with some darker fruits and a rather bitter finish.
Light medium bodied with sweet, fruity undertones and bittersweet finish. The beer isn’t as well balanced as I would have liked with the roasted malt taste coming across to strong .
Not a particularly great beer and definitely the worst of the Anchor beers I have tried thus far sadly. There is a strong helping of roasted malts that could have been toned down somewhat but the fruity undertones were pleasant enough, but not enough to save the beer as a whole.
ogivlado (5294) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 355ml. -from Za Popen’t Pivoteka, Ljubljana. Almost black coloured, medium sized beige head, caramel and hops in the nose. Light roasted malt, caramel and dried fruits with pleasant hoppy notes. Also hops in the finish. Pleasant one.
Vestlake (69) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Almost black color, big beige head. Nice aroma, but I didn’t enjoy the taste of this bock at all.
ciaranc (589) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown, almost black, huge tan head. Hints of chocolate and coffee in the aroma. More coffee and chocolate in the flavour along with an understated bitterness. Medium carbonation, slick mouthfeel. Mocha bitter finish. Nice.