Sammy (8566) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A peachy colour with sizzly initial head. Fizzy carbonation, medium mouthfeel with some fruit like matter in it. Not too drinkable, but better than I expected.I did not quite like it, thanks for the sample Dan from Oak Park Buy Rite.
bhensonb (10938) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2007 bottle. Opened with a spurt of wet gas. Aroma is roasted malt with some grassy hop. Beautiful mahogany color with an impressive beige head. Medium body with fizzy/creamy carbonation. The flavor is roasted caramel with some balancing bitter. The alcohol is a bit up front. The finish is not all that dry, and there is some grass or veg from the hop. It is definitely peppery or spicey in a light way. The flavor improves with continued consumption. A nice effort for AB, and I think the ratings would be higher if the bottle came from somewhere in Germany.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2008
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Thanks to Joebrew for sharing. Overly sweet bock nose with plenty of corn. Shockinlgy, the taste was somewhat similar with the usual AB metallic finish. This might have been good sans the adjunct.
Ughsmash (7125) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big f’in bottle (1 Quart, 14.5 oz), 2007 Vintage. This poured a clear, brilliant reddish orange with a nice cap of yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up deep, artificially-sweetened caramel and toasted grains with hints of dark fruit surrounding.. also an odd alcohol-fueled metallic & herbal thing going on. The flavor had toasty drawn caramel, hints of chocolate, and peppery-spiced dark fruits.. decent components, but a messy presentation that culminated in a tacky, hot herbal finish. Medium-bodied with creamy carbonation on the middle, but hot alcohol marrs the finish a bit. This was OK.
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Born on date: 10/11/07. Pours a beautiful red color. Last year I sampled the 2006 vintage, and if my memory serves me correctly, that one tasted much better. This one is too sweet and needs more hops.
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2007
1.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Shared by joebrew at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a clear copper amber brew with a creamy thick beige head that quickly dissipates to a fine film and beige ring. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some toffee and fresh green cucumber. Taste is... gawd awful! What is this? The label says it is a dopplebock, this website says it is a malt liquor. All I know it tastes like sweet anti-freeze with some flat sweet root beer. C’mon A/B, with all the sophisticated, computerized, state of the art brewing equipment you have can do better than this. Total drain pour!
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2007
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Smells like a corny adjuncty sweet malty dopplebock. Kinda watery and an odd metallic bitterness. I actually expected more from AB. Oh well, next year maybe?
LinusStick (2842) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Wow is this bad. I wish my objective rating would let me rate this lower. I was ready to go to bed, but I didn’t want sleep to dim the hatred I have towards this rubbish. Aroma was actually good. Stronlg astringent face cleanser with some malt. Pour was beautiful for a malt liquor. A sparkling deep red with a one finger off white head. Taste was terrible. Strong burning malt with a lot of sugar. It’s weird but after the swallow there are strong esther vapors coming up through the sinuses. This is bad of a new level. If not for the good aroma and beautiful appearance this would be close to 0
cheap (4015) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2007
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
When I first saw this bottle I thought it was just regular Budweiser or Michelob repackaged. I got it free from my retailer for Christmas, I’m one of his pretty loyal customers so I don’t have any idea what this stuff cost. It’s a big flip top 32 oz bottle with a ‘born on’ date of Sept 25, 2007. When I first pop the lid it has a mild aroma of freshly baked Italian bread. In a sniffer it clears to a more ‘alky like’ strong ale sweet candy smell reminiscent of a sweet helles. The look of this beer is reddish orange and innocently clear nothing like the pale yellow brew pictured on this website. Has a circumjacense of foam around the inside edge of the glass for a head. Otherwise, the head is just plain old tea froth on top. When you pour it and swish it around in the glass, it seems to have a little higher viscosity than most beers. The taste of this is certainly very strong and alcoholic but it does seem to hide its 8.5%b rather well. I’ve tasted other brews that are much less alky % yet much stronger on the palate. Has some adolescent cherry barrel wood flavor in there at times. Provides a lingering back throat bitter malt without alky burn. This brew is not warming at all. Except for the alky maltiness, it comes across intrinsically insipid. Here this beer is listed as a malt liquor, but I must disagree. On the label it claims to be a doppelbock and it is certainly a doppelbock. Most of the taste attributes of this brew make it so. It has many more manners than any malt liquor I have ever tasted, next to perhaps, Rogues Daddy’s Little Helper. The carbonation of this brew is laid back. Fuzziness is nearly next to nothing. Sibilation is barely there. All one can detect is a mild tingly sensation if you really look for it. Overall you can tell a lot of thought has been put into the making of this beer. Perhaps I am not good enough for this and cannot really enjoy it’s personality, but I must say it has the attributes of many 3.5 or higher rated craft and import beers I’ve seen on this site. Finish is just like any high quality alky brew, not like cheap malt liquor.
mar (4825) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
2007 batch. definitely much darker than the picture more of a dark amber with a cream colored head that fades away slowly. malts with a slight after note of hops on the nose. not thick and tastes awful. a buddy of mine said it really seemed like they just took regular bud and made it darker.