PorterPounder (5831) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Jax Package Store, Sandy Springs, Ga. - 1 Pint .9 oz bottle. Murky, caramel colored pour with an almost too thick khaki-colored head - almost a distraction. Not much of an aroma, a trace of nuts perhaps, a wisp of chocolate. Some molasses and maple syrup in the flavor, not overly flavorful or exciting. Mouthfeel is a tad thin and the finish is a bit on the metallic side.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
No#42. I suppose not all the beers can be great, but i am a big fan of dunkels normally. Aroma is feet. Taste is sour bitter feet, normally these wouldnt bother me too much but i cant deal with it today, not like this.
DYCSoccer17 (3394) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Sweet, toffee-like aroma with some chocolate and roasted notes as well. Smells very similar to a nice doppelbock. Large overflowing head out of the bottle. Hazy garnet amber color with an off-white head. Head is just too robust on this. Sweet, toffee-like start, which turns cedar-like with lots of woodsy and earthiness. Turns roasted late without many hops. A bit of smoke is present with a slight mustiness. I get coffee coming through very late.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
After being nearly blown away by their dunkelweizen, I had to try this one and wasn’t disappointed. Pours ruby red to near brown with a frothy white head that lasts. Smells of plums and figs. Tastes of cherries with some strong misc. fruitty elements I couldn’t quite place.
Darkover (1522) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy red color with a big beige head. Aroma is really sweet with caramel, chocolate and dark fruits. Flavor of caramel malt and some sour fruit. Dry finish.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JUN 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Clear ruby red colour with a brownish tinge. Slightly off-white medium-sized head. Malty, caramelly and chocolatey aroma with notes of toffee. Tastes somewhat roastmalty , caramelly and chocolatey. Finishes quite dry and with a lasting chocolatey bitterness. Rather full-bodied. A great dunkel. Thanks to joss for this treat.
Rastacouere (6145) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish amber, very cloudy. The head that forms a top of it looks like the top of the rocky mountains, in the clouds mind you. Intricately fruity nose surprises me because of its syrupy edge that I somehow associate with a purple aroma, some flower I’m not familiar with. The fruit top ground is sleeping in a yeast pillow, it might be old for it shows more musty character than I’d expected even from such a yeasty line. Light caramel and damp earth catch into the floral hallertau to bring out weird oregano and grapes flavours, branches included, pretty vegetal in fact. The first thing I think of when sipping (and it might be pure hazard with this beer) is blood oranges. Growing on you tart character, earthy, dry and fruity, a few grapes were left in the old attic of the country house you just bought. Apples, pears, cherries etc. Fun beer, I want more by the end of the glass. Fairly light bodied still, though fully carbonated. One of those mysterious beers that I’d need to have 2-3 of before figuring out how I feel about them. Is this really brewed with regards to the 1516 purity law?
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky dark orange body with lots of floaties and a thick diminishing rocky offwhite head. Aroma of spices and fruits. Flavor of spices (pepper) and citrus and yeast, it’s acid too, the hops are excellent. Light to medium body, dry mouthfeel, soft carbonation.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cool cloudy brown pour with a thin white head. Nose had caramel, chocolate and possibly citrus hops. Quite hoppy. The taste was quite enjoyable but a bit too sweet at the end. There was some white wine which worked well. The palate was very creamy and my favorite part of the beer.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a medium brown and mostly clear with a good head. Aroma is sweet and caramelly with hints of chocolate and some earthy/spicy hops. Flavor is lots of caramel chocolate and backed by some hops. Overall I think there was too much of a caramel sweetness (maybe from too much munich?) but it was pretty good. Ayinger albairisch dunkel was more enjoyable and a better representation of the style.