jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date.
Poured a ruby hued dark blackish brown with a pale tan head that settled into a thin bubbly lacing.
Aromas of caramel and coffee, a subtle fruitiness and whiffs of slightly fusel alcohol.
Good, moderate carbonation and a crisp, sipping smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel.
Tastes of caramel with bitter roasted coffee, apple and pear fruitiness, a light spicy hoppiness, the alcohol mingles with the dark malts and adds to the bitterness while being warming in the palate, and a roasted, sweet malty finish.
A nice doppelbock from Atwater, not a great one, but above average, worth trying.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle via trade with Duane! - Thanks! - Pours dark brown with a big creamy tan head that stays pretty well and laces some. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, and some light roast with a touch of molasses. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, molasses, and some dark fruits. Palate is soft well carbonated and somewhat creamy. Not bad..
vyvvy (3422) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 11, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Three beers into the brewery and I officially have no hope for them, there is one more waiting though. This poured dark brown with a mahogany hue. The aroma is sugary sweet with rich caramel malt and some breadiness. Medium / full body at first and fairly thin feeling on the finish. The carbonation is far too fizzy for the style. Flavor starts with roasted caramel malt with acidity and sugar. The finish is quite acidic, medicinal and sour. I’m getting a bit of an alka-seltzer taste and feel. While not horrible this falls far short on every aspect. Mediocre at best.
thegreenrooster (2976) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is a very dark red-brown with a small tan head. Aroma is dark fruits and some molasses. Flavor is super sugar sweet! My teeth hurt after a drink of this. Some dark fruit and molasses are in the flavor but the sugar overpowers all. Alcohol is not a problem. Not much in the flavor but worth a try. Maybe someone who is a fan of this style would like this more.
barleyPops (1138) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. dark brown with a rich looking tan head. malty, bready aroma with some fruity notes as well. flavor is somewhat muted and sugary but has well hidden alcohol. while this started out very promising with a great appearance and decent aroma, it kind of fell short in the flavor and its overall potential. good, just could have been so much more.
SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bottle. Dark Pour. Light brown, bubbly head. Aroma of bread and malt. Flavor of roasted malts, nuts, and fruit. Raisins, brown sugar, and caramel. Very sweet. As it warmed I picked up more of the alcohol and molassas. There are alot of flavors going on here, but they don’t really mesh. Carbonation is lively, as I can feel it on my throat. Not bitter, no hop flavor. Mouthfeel is very chewy.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown body, thick buff head. Toasty aroma with layered burnt caramels and breads, alcohol. Sweet body, brown sugar, toast, raisins, and warming alcohol presence. Bitter finish. Too sugary, the unfermented sugars obscuring any layering of the different components. Instead, it’s a rather brief swirl of flavors. If Atwater worked at sharpening the palate and reducing the amount of unfermented sugars, this would be a better beer.
jtw (1058) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle - huge malt presence on the pour, along with some dark strawberry fruit aromas and apple-like notes as well. smooth and creamy sweet mouthfeel, tons of burnt sugar and molasses, and there’s gotta be TONS of sugar left in there to cover up all 9.5% alcohol because it’s undetectable. interesting stuff to say the least.
cheap (3657) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased at 3 sons dogs and suds in wexford. $3 per bottle. Bready aroma. Very dark in my steeler mug. Initial taste is a slam of what seems to be an onslaught of big bitter hops....but it does not turn out that way. Nice dark flavor and the finish, tho malty, is not too bitter. Does not linger. Be careful with this one, it is so smooth you’d never know it was 9+%. I don’t see how it could be.
tamedturtle (10) - Cranberry Twp, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured with a decent head and had a good aroma of chocolate and coffee tones flavor it a tad sweet for the still but excellent mouthfeel and real smooth finish recommended