Peltmeister (48) - - JUL 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Heerlijk bokbiertje. Lichte koffie-caramel geur.
Licht troebel en donkerbruin van kleur.
Hoofdsmaak is zoetig, met een bittertje.
Nasmaak is bitter.
sturmthis (105) - USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft. Dark brown color with one finger head. Sweet taste. A really good beer.
njnut (110) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into stein from 500ml bottle. A reddy brown with off white head. Mild carbonation. Aroma is malty with caramel and raisins. Taste is roasted malt, caramel, dark fruits. Interesting and complex. Slightly bitter in the finish. Maybe even a bit bit nutty. Mouthfeel is dry and warming. Sweet and alcoholic but in not way over bearing. Fantastic.
gegwilson (495) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Dram Shop, Sheffield. Ruby with a tan head. Quite sweet and malty. Notes of red fruit, caramel, raisin and some fairly evident alcohol. Very nice.
ClarkVV (3734) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Bronwyn, November 2013
Probably the last thing I was expecting to see at this (then) new German restaurant in Union Square. A little background. This beer was never distributed in the U.S. until very recently and back in the day (talking 2004-2007 era), there were no German traders on the site, so it was very difficult to have this without traveling there. And wow was it rated highly by just about everyone.
So long story short, here I am 8 years later and finally get to try this much sought after beer.
Deep ruby-mahogany liquid is clear with a small but fairly well-retained layer of light beige foam atop it.
Prunes, raisins, red wine, touches of bananas, lightly salted caramel, vanilla...I could probably go on for a while here. Sweet, but not cloyingly so, a touch sour but simply from the reserved melanoidins and ever-so vinous and dry on the finish. Eminently sniffable with a good strength to it. No flaws or alcohol.
Flavor is...good lord, this is why this stuff was so highly regarded! Aside from the perfect maltiness, rich but well-attenuated, very nice depth (plums, wine, caramel, vanilla, etc...) and kiss of hop spiciness, there is something so endearing and unique about their yeast character. Difficult to describe, but my best attempt is think of a Westy 8 blended with, say, Celebrator. It’s certainly got black pepper phenols, plum and red currant-like fruitiness and even a touch of very light banana ester. Soft mouthfeel with light but ample carbonation. No flaws noted. Love the abv too. Pretty close to perfect.
Beerbarella (316) - - FEB 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. Pours clear dark red-brown with a brownish head. Roasty, sweet malt aroma and taste. Slightly bitter palate. Not sweet enough for my taste.
beeracoon (403) - - FEB 21, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Clear, caramel-browm colour. High brown head. Great sweet and roasty aroma with notes of chocolate,.caramel and coffee. Wonderful oaky taste and a lasting roasty palate. One of the best Dunkelbocks.
Wactuary (6) - USA - FEB 16, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful doppelbock. Rich malty full bodied beer. Alcohol warmth and sweetness but doesn’t overpower. Aroma is of mild molasses like notes. Color is a deep mahogany. Flavor is complex with Brown bread, lingering alcohol sweetness and slight hop bitterness just to balance and keep it from cloying. Body is medium full. Finish is moderately dry. Lingering hop and alcohol persist in the finish.
gripweed57 (484) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a brilliant dark amber , copper color with a large rocky beige head. Big caramel malt aroma has notes of toasted nuts and a light metallic tinge. Rich sweet roasted malt flavor has lots of sweet caramel and milk chocolate nuance. Full bodied and complex, with a big sticky mouthfeel. Finishes slightly bittersweet and chewy. Outstanding.
Fredxyz (4) - BRAZIL - FEB 14, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Maravilha de cerveja completa saborosa encorpada forte. Da abadia na Alemanha. Ótima!
mile (2642) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber, hazy, small to average and mostly diminishing head. Moderate malty and sweetish aroma, some caramel and light roasted malt, light dark fruits/vinous notes, faint alcohol. Body is medium to full, malty and sweetish flavor, some caramel, light dark fruits, light sourness and faint alcohol. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, light caramel and light fruitiness with light sourness, light alcohol. Doppelbockwith light sourness in the flavor/finish - bad bottle? Nice aroma tough.