NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 January 6th 2005 Re-rate.
Aroma is very fruitcakish with lots of sweet malt and spice. Dark brown with a creamy two finger thick tan head. Flavor is deep and rich with more of the fruitcake notes and touches of almost burnt bread. Some mashed dark fruit and a flavor apporximating a puree of raisins, figs and brown sugar.
The Great King of Dopplebocks. This beer alone makes up for most of the skunky green beers that come from Germany.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - AUG 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer pours a deep dark red witha foamy tan head. The nose is inviting with bits of roasted caramel. I love the flavour complex and it changes as the beer warms. At first the roasted flavour dominates, then it moves to carmel sweet maltiness with hints of spices and dark fruits. Nice touch of bitterness on the finish.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Definitely not my favorite type, as I found out. I’m assuming this isn’t my fault, though. In fact, I’m also assuming this to be exemplary. It was quite complex, though not my favorite flavor-tastes. Poured a very dark brown with an airy head, like cola or root beer. Smell was, well, interesting. First thing I thought was cooked carrots, then chocolate, molasses, raisins and some alcohol. On initial taste, very chewy and creamy, even sticky. Tasted of cooked veggies (carrots, beets), some bananas, some spices. Also of darker breads. Man, is there a lot going on here. In the end, it was smooth and rather long and dry at the same time. Tasted of hops, molasses, chocolate, coffee. It was good, though not my style at all. Worth trying.
mjg74 (2715) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice dark color. Smells a little of caramel. Taste is a little bit of spice, hops and roasted malt, a little sweetness as well. Good quality beer but didn’t knock my socks off.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber with a strong full white head...smells quite fruity and sweet...tastes a little hoppy but very roasty and not nearly as sweet as it smells...a little alcohol in the finish, which was a little bitter...good stuff...
Gachupines (1038) - USA - AUG 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent example of the style. Dark with a rich aroma. Thick mouthfeel with a heavy somewhat fruity taste.
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice color, with a large head that dissipates quickly. Surpisingly fruity aroma, definite hints of grape. Very smooth, a nice flavor with a sweet caramel aftertaste. Grape became more pronounced as I went on. A very nice beer.
YogiBeera (2537) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown; hints of red, nearly no head, no carbonation, malt liquorice nosem very malty and liquoriice taste also. Long lasting roasted aftertaste.
Earlier Rating: 12/4/2002 Total Score: 4.6
Nice raisons, malt and syrup aroma. Black body with hints of red, big frothy head. Malt, plums, spicy and caramel taste. Full mouth long lasting spicey finish. Nice, yes nice
jgentgesdo (679) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours medium brown with tan lasting head. Grape and chocolate to the nose. The flavor is complicated. Starts with chocolate and coffee flavors, then goes to caramel and grape and currant, with a wonderful mouthfeel and a malty aftertaste. Very good indeed.
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer, nice roasty flavor, slight hints of fruits, smooth, full-bodied brew. Enjoyable & Drinkable!