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RATINGS: 318   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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This is a dopplebock high-gravity lager. This one is big, black and sweet. It’s malty character is derived from two caramel malts along with Munich malt to create the smoothest high-gravity beer this side of the pond.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1525) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Dark brown color with a big brown head. Aroma of spices and caramel malt. Flavor of sugar, caramel malt and pepper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2007
Got some malt,yeast and some spices in the aroma.Pours a very deep copper with a medium tan head.Lots of malt and somemusty yeast in the flavor.Medium mouthfeel with a malty/yeast finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Deep brownish/ruby edged pour with 2-finger khaki head. Aroma of caramalt, brown sugar, figs, nutmeg, and dark chocolate. Tastes caramalty, with mid-palate brown sugar, figs, slight port, and slight chocolate. I also got slight bourbony notes as this warmed. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2007
Pours a mostly opaque black with a sustained frothy head. The nose is rather quiet for such a big beer - earthy and plummy malt being the biggest contributor. The high ABV shows itself upon first sip, prickling the tongue in a blanket of peppery alcohol. A wave of highly roasted grain moves in next, bringing with it plenty of raisin and plum notes. The carbonation is subtle, allowing for a chewy, creamy mouthfeel. After the initial malt blast, the body thins as it moves towards the finish. Fruity esthers join the peppery alcohol as the beer lingers out in a long, dry finish. The creamy mouthfeel is nice, but I expect more complexity from such a big beer. It is easy to drink though and that is a positive in itself.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2007
Vanilla, and light alcohol in the aroma. Almost black body with red hues. Medium palate. Lots of malt in the flavor with some yeast and a light peppery taste in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2007
biscuity and roasted malt with some chocolate and carmel. some raisin and some wheat with a little walnut and almond and a hint of clove.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a dense tan head. Faint bready and dark roasted malt aroma. Medium light body, a tad amount of wateriness on the texture. Initial flavor of caramel and raisen. Mid palate is sour and nutty with some astrigent coffee notes. Extreme ashy lingering flavor on the finish, with some hint of hairspray. This must be a bad bottle, because this is not very good. On a positve note, I the alcohol is not detectable. VERY WELL HIDDEN. I would have never guessed this was 9.5%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
frankenkitty (1974) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Pours a deep, dark mahogany/brown, moderately carbonated, with a soft, khaki head that holds. Aroma shows roasty malts, shoe polish, a tart yeastiness, a touch of chocolate and a whiff of ABV. Malts are featured prominently in the flavor, although it comes across a bit raw and worty. As I get used to it, the roastiness of the malt becomes more enjoyable (albeit with the light sourness of burnt coffee). Mouthfeel shows some liveliness despite its heft. Overal decent. If this was a homebrew, I’d give it high marks.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1308) - Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Bottle, poured dark with ruby hi-lights, good dose of dark malt and sweet with faint cola fragrances, chocolate and a touch of fruit aroma, flavor of sweet, light and dark malts, some roast taste and faint cherry berry that lingers in the finish, small hop bite, nice tasting and smooth drinking, alcohol was hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Poured a very dark brown almost black color with a medium sized beige head. Sweet malt and dark fruits. Some chocolate on the finish. The flavor was malty with a light roast. Moderate sweetness. Semi-dry finish with some bitterness in there. Some fruits in the flavor. Medium bodied with some nice warmth.

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