pootzboy (1693) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle Thaks Brooklynboy. Poured a deep red, murky mahogany...not much head (which is odd for this type of dark lager) The aromas were phenomenal...berry fruits, vannilla pods, treacle, cookie dough malts. Oily mouth feel...a very viscous brew for a dopple...hopping understated ...lets the sweetness come through with not enough balance (this brew screams for the need of hallertau infusion) tastes of vanilla, molasses, figs and rye bread in the body...finish is more bready as the sweetness drops away. This was a tad sweet for my liking the sugaring adjuncts were too prominenet ...itís well put together but in its current near cloying form it has low drinkability ratings from me.
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2010 Had had this previously 6 years ago and rated it very low for some reason. Had two of these the other night with dinner and totally different impression. Pours a deep purplish reddish brown with a small amount of tanish offwhite head. Aroma very fruity and potent, good caramel essence and slight nuttiness. Flavor is malty and sweeter with dark fruits, slight nut undertone, and a caramel candy finish. Overall, very enjoyable.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark cherry red appearance with a little light brown head; thin palate; aroma was very different; somewhat reminiscent of a cherry jolly rancher with a touch of smokiness; the flavor was also fruity, with hints of cherry and watermelon as well as nuts and molasses
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
10/20/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, bought at Samís Wine & Spirits in Chicago, IL 5/14/04. Pours a deep crimson-brown, clear and sexy. Very sudsy, tan-orange head that fades rather quickly. Lacing is decent while itís there but is a little too patchy and quick. Very sweet, heavily malty dark honey aroma with some estery fruits (pear), molasses, and a subtle bright smokiness. A bit like a weizenbock but with more dark rich syrupy sweetness. A little bit "thin" on the nose and maybe too sweet, but itís pretty nice. Nice, fluffy and creamy mouthfeel with a little bit too much "scrubby" carbonation but an otherwise lovely velvet texture. Flavors of molasses, maple bark, somewhat nutty. Finish has too much mulchy acidity but goes on a very long time with layering malty richness. Some light caramel, more honey, surprisingly dry toastiness. Nice balance between dry and sweet on the finish, but thereís that slight mulchiness that is a bit much for me. Sticky on the lips like any self-respecting compost heap *should* be. Solid.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy light coffee with a trace of a head. Aroma of caramel and slight pine. Creamy caramel and macedamia nut flavors, some sourness
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2005 Fine but dissipating head, very hazy amber-brown body. Sweet, dessert-like aromas - vanilla, maple syrup, a bit of chocolate. Similar sweet flavors, juicy malts, molasses, maple syrup. Enjoyable but unremarkable in my opinion.
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramel to red in color with a quickly dissapating off white head that didnít leave any lace. The aroma starts off fruity almost cidery and then mellows to heavy yeasty malt aroma as it warms. The flavor is malty but not too sweet, and then a spicey yeast finish. It has lots of body, a heavy malt finish that leaves an effervescence. It leaves me wanting more.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6846) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 Let me start out by saying that this is a style that I rarely find examples of that I enjoy. I like this brewer a decent amount so I figured I would try their version. +++Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a nice red-mahogany color with a small tan head. The aroma was rich and malty with some molasses and toasted caramel. The flavor was sweet, malty and had a hint of molasses. The finish was a bit sour and overall had a bit of a vegetable flavor.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not one of the better Bells beers Iíve had. Too sweet with a wierd aftertaste.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brownsih with red tints, little head. Aroma of maple, malt, and slight hops. taste of slight hops caramel, and a malty finish. Palate is creamy, smooth, and full. A good beer.