gorditoabd (560) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at brewery. Muddy dishwater hue. Decent foam. Strong hints of brandy in this thing. Sweet and stanky. Taste is more subdued, lots of anise in this thing, which balances the sweet brandy, I suppose. Nice stuff, not a favorite style for me, but good.
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours a nice dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is filled with dark fruits, a light buttery note, oak, brandy, dark bread, caramel, toffee and sweet malt. Flavor follows the nose with lots of sweet caramel and toffee, sweet malt, dark fruits, oak, vanilla, brandy and dark bread. The body is medium with a dry silky mouth feel. Overall a really tasty Doppelbock!
skmikeg (443) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap at Old Grove Brewery. Pours a blackish brown with small tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is of roasted malts, dark chocolate, toffee, and some caramel, and some faint brand notes. Flavor is of roasted malts, coco, toffee, caramel, wood, prunes, some hop bitterness, and some brand fruit notes. Has a medium full body with a creamy, slightly oily mouthfeel and a slick bitter finish. overall, a very nice dobblebock.
Zymurgeist2 (633) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 22, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Gourmet Haus during SF Beer Week. Pours a beautiful brown with khaki head. Aroma is a unique blend of malt with the barrel also lending notes as well. Taste is fantastic blend of malty bread and some darker flavors. The barrel blends well for a smooth, tasty beer that is too easy to drink for this ABV.
iowaherkeye (2638) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Phobe rate. Draught at Old Grove location. $5/10oz. Slightly hazed ruby brown with a small beige head, fading to a tiny ring rather quickly. Barometer of rum and wood, followed by a moderate amount of toasted malts, scorched caramel and raisin behind. Flavor follows, but with a little less barrel influence (at least until 2/3 through), and the toasted grain tends to dominate more. Still has the caramel and raisin, never gets too sweet. Semi-dry finish, bitterness peaked at a 2. Full body, low prickly carbonation. Not bad, but no idea why it’s rated so highly.
daknole (7211) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish/brown pour, cream head. Aroma is loaded with nice brandy notes, golden raisins, caramel, some prunes, toffee. Flavor is sweet brandy, oak, raisins, caramel. Pretty damn good brew.
peteinSD (999) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear ruby brown with a slick of tan foam. Aroma is candied sugar, sweet malt, honey, raisin, and some other very pleasant things I cannot identify. Smells great though. Taste is a dense sweet malt with some raisin/date and complimentary brandy on the finish. Very smooth and clean feel in the mouth. The brandy really compliments the sweet base beer - not overly sweet though and easy to drink. Remarkable beer.
BMan1113VR (7420) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Oakquinox. Not sure where my ratings disappeared to (its checked off as if I uploaded it from my notebook). Pours with a thick and lasting tan head over a very murky deep brown body. Aromas are fruity (dark fruit/esters), brandy, oak, alcohol, caramel, toasty. Long durations of flavors, dark fruit esters, light melanoidins, caramel, raisins, coconut. Very malty. Creamy with medium carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry (tannin). Good, but I was expecting more with such the high scores.
Lagunitasfan (1309) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Urge in RB/Poway on the Tap Takeover night. They had 25different brews from Ballast Point that day. Loved this beer. This seemed like the perfect combination of Barrel Aging on top of an already big beer. It complimented rather that built up. Lots of movement from the sweet malt to sweet alcohol to warming and sharp alcohol. Very very nice offering from the folks at BP.
womencantsail (7104) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a fairly dark amber color with a slight murkiness and a small off-white head.
S: Fair amount of brandy aroma with a nice dark fruit character. Sweet malt notes of caramel and toffee and a little bit of breadiness. There is a hint of boozy warmth, but some good vanilla and oak.
T: Nice brandy flavor with a touch of fruitiness to the beer. Some darker fruits like plums and black cherries, and sweet caramel malts. Oak and vanilla add a good flavor to the beer and enhance the brandy character.
M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.
O: I haven’t had the best luck with Ballast Point barrel aged beers, but this was pretty solid.