cutitoutdave (64) - - APR 12, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep copper from 12 oz bottle with full tan head. Malty, warm aroma. Tastes appropriately sweet with deep complex malty flavor to follow, hints of figs, plums, chocolate. Not much on the hops. Warm alcoholic mouthfeel with full body. Fantastic beer from a legendary brewery. Not designed for mass consumptions, though beer doesn’t get much better than this.
robto (50) - Belas, PORTUGAL - APR 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle at O menu café bar in Sintra, Portugal. It pours a dark-brown colour with a bubbly beige head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is very smoky, dark fruits, caramel, molasses, syrup, herbs and some oaks. Taste is sweet, caramel, smoked stuff, raisins, syrup, dark fruits, plums and a little hoppy. It has a medium to low body with average carbonation with a slight dry and hoppy finish. Definitely one of the best German beers I’ve tasted. I will drink this again in the future.
Avetixz (24) - Wolfsburg, GERMANY - APR 7, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smoky, fruity aroma. Dark fruits, herbs, roasty malt and some hops. Pours dark brown translucent liquid with a white head that disappears quickly. Bitter in the taste with a very malty and definitely "dark" flavour, smoky and dry with a hint of fruit. Definitely has some wine characteristics. The alcohol is not too noticable and blends well with the flavour to create a nice balance. Full body with an oily texture and a bitter and dry finish. Definitely a good strong beer for celebrations and other events, which judging by the name it was meant for.
klm1 (379) - - APR 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark blue-brown colour with small head. Aroma of dark fruits, bananas, hebs. Taste of hops, dark fruits, bananas, malts. Nice malty aftertaste which is very well balanced. Overall: Justifiable is this beer on the first place in this rang.
jh773 (216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
No bottling date visible but I’ve had this since January. Color is opaque ruby-black, head is only some thin lacing. Smell is rich savory malt, molasses, roasted coffee, chocolate syrup, soy sauce. Drinks easily. Dry fruity cocoa flavor, smoky, rich malty savory character. Really great character and versatile too.
Johnstledger8 (127) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark ruby red with a thick brown bubbly head. Aroma of nuts, caramel, dark fruits, hint of smoke. Taste of nuts, dark fruits, maple syrup, slight metallic finish, not much sign of the alcohol. Light body, medium to heavy carbonation. Very easy drinking.
abemorsten (3083) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - APR 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,33 l flaske kjøpt på Hos Walter i Ebeltoft. Dyp klar granatrød kropp med et fingertykt tett lysebrunt skumlag som dekker glassveggen etterhvert om det synker sammen. Kandissukker, dadler, fiken og svisker er det som slår meg når jeg drar aromaene inn i nesa. Ølet er fyldig og bløtt i munnen med god balanse mellom sødme, fruktighet og bitterhet. Den snikende alkovarmen er kledelig og hele smaksbildet varer lenge. Dette var snadder!
Sparf (160) - Östersund, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2015
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Doftar russin och mörk fruktkompott men också en aning felplacerad metall.
Mörk brygd med vacker rubinröd ton. Perfekt, tätt skum med lång halveringstid.
Mycket smakrik bock med bränd malt, kakao och kaffe. Mycket bra balans mellan en mjuk sötma och mild beska utan att bli mesig. Avslutningen är lätt rökig.
Aning oljig viskositet i en medelfyllig och lätt kropp. Låg kolsyrehalt och välintegrerad alkohol.
tectactoe (3071) - Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Black center with dark, ruby-red, translucent edges. A big, creamy, light-tan head form on top with nice retention. Powerful nose, right from the get-go. Dense caramel, sweet brown sugar, raisins, plums, heavy molasses, milled & charred grains, burnt toast, a touch of wine, & a bit of soy sauce in the latter half. Alcohol is pretty noticeable on the palate with a good amount of boozy sting to it. Feels heftier than 6.7% ABV. Lots of dark fruit meshes with the alcohol gives a mild wine-like flavor up front that transitions into a very sweet mid-palate. Molasses, syrup, black licorice, anise, char, & strong, rustic dry cocoa underneath. Lots of toasted caramel & burnt toffee in the finish, too, with a little bit of an herbal character from the hops... Almost tea leafy at times. Dark fruit, molasses, & heavily sweet malts linger in the finish. Kind of earthy? Definitely lots going on here. I know this is the quintessential example of doppelbocks, & I can definitely appreciate the craft behind it, but I have never found myself to love or crave this beer. It’s good. It’s definitely good. But I tend to prefer slightly more timid examples of the style.... Whatever that means.
Ambro206 (268) - ITALY - MAR 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Birra scura, schiuma abbondante. Aromi complessi di lampone e cioccolato. Corpo pienissimo, sensazione avvolgente. Carbonazione abbondante classica dello stile. Bilanciamento sorprendente.