fiulijn (18573) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 2010-12-26, old bottle, (9-10 years old perhaps), 8-4-7-3-15=37
A big gusher, 1/5th of the bottle floes out before reaching the glass; nevertheless, as expected, there is almost no head; the color is deep brown, close to black. The aroma is deep and nice, with caramel, malt, and a shade of oxidation. Dark caramel flavor, with roasted malts and roasted nuts; the body is weaker, but silky; it still has some bitterness. Good, interesting, but without excitement.
2010-01-31, new bottle, bb Dec 2009, 7-5-8-4-16=40
Dark colour, almost black; with a generous creamy head. Mild aroma of roasted malt, then light aroma of cereals. Average body structure; good chocolate flavor; not complex, but the bitterness, higher than the older bottle, gives an extra bite to this beer. Very good.
2010-01-31, old bottle, bb Apr 2002, 9 years old, 8-5-7-3-14=37
Dark color, almost black, with a generous creamy head. Aroma or caramel, roasted malt and chestnut honey, then some oxidisation. Medium body structure; there is dark caramel and chocolate flavor, with light dust and ash feeling; light oxidisation too; low bitterness and a soft alcohol warmth. The dryish and lean final reminds me that it’s an old beer.
Brown colour, just a bit darker than the fresh bottle, big creamy head. Very nice (stout-like) aroma, of malt, roasted malts, caramel; deep, harmonious. Full mouth, good body, malty, perfect balance; caramel and light roasted malt; sweet in the front, dryer in the end; a hint of liquorice. Long and well balanced palate. Let’s age it a few years…
Leighton (17999) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Jimmy’s No. 43, during the Mike Lovullo Tasting Session. Poured deep, dark brown with ruby highlights and a large, strong beige head. Heavy malt aroma, some fruit and loads of sugar. More dark, sweet malt in the flavor, molasses, licorice, some maple syrup, and mild tartness. Hints of smoke in the finish. Full-bodied with smooth though crisp carbonation. Velvety, a bit syrupy. Certainly one of the the preeminent bocks out there. Delicious and well-rounded.
rlgk (17284) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2012 Bottle at Bishops Arms, Skövde. Dark amber beer, very nice lasting, beige head. Roasted toffee aroma, malty, chocolate, figs, raisins. Malty roasted flavor, toffee, caramel, figs, chocolate. Lovely body, roasted toffee finish.
Old rating: 7/4/8/4/14
Dark amber color, beige/brown head. Malty roasted, somewhat sweetish aroma. Sweet toffee and chocolate flavor, roasted and a little spicy.
Rasmus40 (16992) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark brown with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and roasted malt. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and roasted bitter finish. Full bodied, soft and smooth. 280411
harrisoni (16927) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle. You can’t always choose your milestone beers, but this one I did. So many, many thanks to Maeib for this one. Very happy to have a top 50 beer to be my 1000th, so hats off to Mark for allowing me to celebrate with this. Very dark brown with thin beige head. Attractive aroma which is oily and has molasses, choc, coffee with intense hops as well. Choc is very bitter. Its full in the mouth with good chracter. Excellent finish of molasses, bitter choc. Really nice finish. Good quality beer. Cheeers Maeib!
yngwie (16421) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Celebrator pours a clear dark ruby body and a small, beige head. The aroma surprises me a bit, as it feels quite weak. There’s a roasted, slightly smoked start, followed by dark berries and a sweet maltyness. As it warms up, there’s also a slight vegetal touch, cooked cabbage I think, some alcohol and a more pronounced fruityness. In the far back, there’s some cocoa and coffee. Sure a complex beer, but I still expected more. Maybe I’m not being nice now, it’s sure a good aroma, but I prefer Aventinus. Another style, but not that different, and it’s sweeter. Maybe it’s just my sweet tooth talking. The flavor brings out the berries more evident, and dried fruits also does a proper job. There’s also the dry, roasted flavors from the aroma, as well as sweetness and a little bitterness, but the vegetables from the aroma is fortunately not tasteable. Quite sticky, full and quite warming in the mouth. It finishes with a long, roasted flavor, and shorter flavors of dried fruits, malty sugar and some hoppy bitterness. To sum it up, it’s a lovely beer, maybe deserving a higher rating, I would be happy to lift my rating for aroma and flavor by .5 point, but that’s not possible, so 3.7 it is. I have more bottles, so a rerate might be appropriate. (080318)
Theydon_Bois (16406) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at JF tasting, IP trade from Essex Jim, labelled as winter bock - 29/12/12.
Hazed chestnut brown.
Nose carries dark malts, yeast, light vegetal tones, toffee, dark fruit.
Taste comprises dark toffee, sweet sugars, dark malts, bready notes.
Full end of medium bodied with soft carbonation and a little bitter sweetness in the finish.
Koelschtrinker (16405) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 6, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dunkler, tief malzerner Geschmack. Das Bier ist überaus vollmundig und sehr ausgelichen was die Aromen angeht, alles ist in genau richtigem Maße vorhanden. Das Ganze ist dabei überaus süffig, phänomenal für einen Doppelbock! Im Nachgeschmack ist das Bier für einen kurzen Moment SEHR malzig. Bestes deutsches Bier? Es geht definitiv in die Richtung.
Test vom 1.10.2006, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 10,13,14,15,11,14
saxo (16377) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle ad Ayinger WInter-Bock from Systembolaget. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are rich fruits, nuts, caramel, malt and hops. Great beer.
TBone (15902) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2010 Bottled
Dark ruby color, small steady creamy coffee head. Aroma is very complex: different berries and malt. Taste is full-bodied: bittersweet berries, coffee and roasted malt. Finishing long and bittersweet, very warming. This is an excellent beer BUT overrated. (10/4/6/4/15 3.9)
Re-rated, bottled 33cl (BB 04/2006)
Almost opaque very bark ruby color with cappuchino head. Aroma has chocolate and roasted malts, this needs to be warmed up before you can smell anything. Medium to full bodied, roasted, slightly hoppy, some chocolate and woody notes in the finish. Long roasted aftertaste. This bottle had not bittersweet notes what a bottle a year ago had. (8/5/8/4/17 4.2)
Earlier Rating: 2/7/2004 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle (with label "Winter-bock" the most likely same beer with another label)
Big tanned head. Very dark brown colour, almost black. Malty delicious aroma. Palate a little bit similar to dark Kozel. Not too strong but still enough tasty palate to make this very enjoyable beer. Starts alcoholic, ending slightly bitter and then turning to sweety aftertaste. 39 (8-5-7-4-15)