RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle of the 2006. The beechwood aging seems to come through in a big way in the aroma, along with a slightly tart edge. Flavor, though, has little acidity. 8.5% is not overly evident, but noticeable. Rather sweeter than I like, but not totally unbalanced.
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
2006 edition. Tastes like an imperial version of budís American Ale. Thatís it!
RSRIZZO (1846) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
1qt 14.5 fl oz bottle of the 2007 vintage. Color is a hazy amber with fair carbonation and a thick head. Aroma of caramel and roasted malt. Its has a medium body that goes down with a sharp feel. Finish is a mild toffee taste with a faint metallic back tone. In the after taste the alcohol comes out strong with a mild bitterness. The alcohol is a little strong and this was 2 years old, otherwise its a good brew.
Ungstrup (28228) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. An amber-orange beer with a tan head. The aroma is sweet with nots of caramel, nuts, and alcohol. The flavor is very sweet with strong notes of caramel, leading to a dry alcoholic finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.
scooterbub (768) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle. Pours a hazy orange amber with a thin white head that slowly fades. Taste is of caramel, fruit, malt, honey and some hops. Rather sweet. The alcohol isnít noticeable, which is surprising. Similar aroma. A pretty respectable beer from A-B and well worth a try. Also I like the bottle. Iíll have to pick this up again.
jimmack34 (632) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I paid almost $22 for this 1qt 14.5 fl oz bottle at a liquor store Roseville, MI. Pours hazy tan-yellow with a very nice soft fluffy head. Smells of caramel, molasses, and corn syrup. Tastes of caramel, honey, molasses, and some grassy hops. Very nice creamy, sticky mouthfeel, and nicely carbonated. A slow warming alcohol. Very rich bock flavor. Tastes very German. Was this beer worth the price I paid?...not really. Is it worth trying?...Absolutely.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Not bad for a Budweiser or AB product. A deep amber pour with a fairly decent head. Aroma is rich malts and hops. Very well balanced between hops and malts. Fairly rich and smooth flavor. Very good for a macro beer.
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 1, 2009
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pretty terrible for being a "special reserve" beer. Typical bock characteristics. And the first part of the brew is really no different than any other part of the brew. Donít be fooled by it....definitely not worth the price they ask for it.
jkwalking05 (3368) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of malt and light hops. Taste is sweet malts, caramel and a light hop bitterness.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Name: Brewmasters Private Reserve
Date: January 08, 2009
Source: Ale Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark copper, wispy beige head
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, light floral hops
Flavor: sweet candy caramel flavor, light earthy bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20