richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thx to duane for this one, pour is a deep amber with a cream colored head faded down to some light lacing. Smell is on the yeasty side, with some hops, but not alot. Flavor is also packing a good amount of yeast, with the molasses coming out at the end. A solid malty palate and a medium body give way to a very smooth tasting, easy to drink beer. This could be a little better if it had a little more body and a little less malt, but otherwise, a very drinkable beer.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pleasant aroma of strawberry with alcohol quite evident, leading to a bleachy effect. Orange-wine color with little head or lacing. Strawberry-malt dominates the flavor, with hops attempting to make it through. Finish is relaxing but still malty - could use more hops in my personal opinion. Not Bellís best, but at 8% this is quite warming in the cold night of a Winterís day.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
apple and malt seem to be the most dominant. great colour almost like cherry cool aid. thin but i wouldnt say watery. very little head no lacing. really a good beer.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to lmgraz1 for sharing. Hazy, dark amber color with a small off white head. Aroma was barely noticeable(some sweet maltiness) and the bottle was served at around 60 deg.
Very sweet flavor of malt and caramel.
Alcohol was extremely evident from start to finish. I would have guessed the
alc/vol. to be over 10%. Disappointing.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanx to Duane, the man. poured reddish brown, with small head. Aroma of sweet malts, taste was the same. Sour bitter sweet finish. Nice beer but there was something lacking. There was something missing. As I said nice beer, but a little light for a double bock, oh, the alcohol was present from start to finish.
beers (1) - Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2005 does not count
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Astringent comes to mind. Flabby (for those of you with a wine background). The astringent quality coupled with the high carbonation could make this a decent beer to pair with spicy or fatty foods. In general, a average brew with a bit too much alcohol and not enough flavor or body that could be good with Tex-Mex or after mowing the lawn.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice beer this one was indeed. But something about it was a little strange. I think some of it has to do with my first ever dopplebock experience(and one of my first "premium" beers) ayinger, which completely blows this beers doors off. And in my opinion is way different tasting than any of this style Iíve had since (this and Samichlause, which also blows the doors of this). Pour is a nice gold ruby combo. Smell is filled with fruits, malts, and some kinda spice. Taste is similar, but that spice keeps poppin its head in the way. More malts in the taste, with raisins too. A descent beer, but nothing special here.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2005 UPDATE: As I finish the 6-pack in the following days, I realize that the Robitussin flavor permeates the body as well, making a syrupy mouthfeel that follows into the swallow. Medicinal and somewhat unpleasant.
Nice ruby, white head, no lace. Smells of rich malt. Body is malty, swallow sings forth in a symphony of cherry soda. Like kool-aid, but carbonated. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and tightly carbonated, with the grain bill never coming through to flesh out the palate. Sticky sweet finish, sour cherry nose. Body too thin to carry big bouncy top-heavy fruits.
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Real big malt and fruit aroma. Transparent amber with an off-white head. Sweet and malty with caramel and light apple. Slight alcohol in the finish.
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Going from memory on this one, prompted by a recent RateBeer discussion thread. Distinct memory of wateriness combined with some kind of forced effort at big flavor. I donít know what it is with American brewers (even top ones like Bells) and seeming inability to produce a top-notch doppel the way the Germans can. One word: disappointing.