muzzlehatch (4756) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Un-Muzzling Olde Muzzlehatch Ratings, #37. 330 ml bottle purchased somewhere in Ontario (July 2008), and consumed somewhere in Wisconsin (August 2009), possibly from a Christoffel glass. Very dense caramel-maple body, smallish tan head lasts throughout the imbibing, some lacing....nose is full-on caramel at first, a little licorice arrives eventually...body is thickly malty, no hops noticeable, with a light burnt bitterness to finish...unfortunately a bit of soapiness emerges towards the finish, which helps to keep this from coming anywhere close to the greatness of the pilsener...velvety-soft mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Would certainly like to try this (or any Christoffel) again, will have to check availability!
wekker84 (2160) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle a dark brown colored beer with a white head aroma malts fruits dark fruits caramel and hops flavor malts fruits spicy dark fruits caramel honey and hops
sjogro (2719) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cellar cleanup at Dean’s. Bottle courtesy of kermis. Dark brown, cream head. Sweet caramel malts, leather, brown leaves, black olives, dades, something like that. Medium sweet, medium bitter. Gone a bit stale. Medium body, soft carbonation.
EugeneStraver (166) - Nootdorp, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
HOME 20160703 (33 cl bottle; bbf 07.09.17, by the Proefbrouwerij): A brilliant red-brown coloured bier with a good, perfect brown foam layer. The aroma is from dark cara-malt which give the beer a sweet caramel, malt bitter, somewhat chocolate, cherry and nuts smell. A sweet taste (somewhat to much) of caramel, chocolate, liquor, raisins, cherries and raisins. A malty bitterness in the aftertaste. Also a warm alcoholic feeling. The beer becomes sticky with a light malt bitter dryness which give the beer not the really aftertaste, what you will expect.
MichaelAwesome (6448) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - JUN 10, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really nice and warming with some coffee, caramel, sweets and chocolate in the aroma. Oh yeah, beside some nuts. Easy to drink, quaffy and making you just feel good after a long and busy day. To recommend.
Gangstergafje (684) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a lovely beer. It isn’t a Vick beer to me, it is an autumn Bock stout infusion. The looks are quite nice. The color of the beer is a beautiful dark brown, almost black, oat first sight. When seen in adequate light, the beer unveils a beautiful rather reddish amber glow. The beer pours a massive amount of soft almond colored foam. The foam layer is perfect and fils the glass till the top. The bulk of the foam collapses rather quickly, only to leave a tiny drape of foam. The beer itself is very cloudy. The looks are normal for a bock, but this ends when you take a smell. The smell is much more like a stout, so I automatically love it. There is a delicious strong aroma of roasted barley. This bitter aroma is accompanied by a lovely oaky aroma. There are also some licorice and syrup aromas, to blend in a little sweetness. The smell is in real good balance and is quite strong. The roast aroma comes flying towards you. There is also a nice touch of alcohol in it. The smell is dead on stout. It has a delicious toasty and toasty baked barley flavor. This gives a rich bitter flavor to the beer. This bitterness is balanced by a syrup and candy sugar like sweetness, with a touch of fruity hops. The sweetness of the bock and the bitterness of a stout, what a genius combination. The sweetness fils the front of the mouth, whilst the bitterness fils the back. The finish is amazing. It starts with the remainder of the sweetness and slowly becomes more and more bitter and roasty. The beer has nice little gas bubbles. If the bubbles were slightly bigger and stingier, the palate would have been even better.
Alengrin (4529) - BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The new embodiment of this Dutch, bottom-fermented and therefore more or less German-inspired Doppelbock, with different bottle, different label and even slightly different name (spelled Bock instead of Bok now). Thick, ’papery’ lacing, pale greyish beige head, densely structured and stable, over a clear deep burgundy coloured beer with wine red hue. Aroma of caramelized brown sugar, butterscotch, coffee powder, roasted hazelnuts, dried banana, strong ’haemoglobin’ iron, hints of nutmeg, parsley, toasted vegetables, dried porcini, chestnut, cherry candy, old cloth and some dusty dry earth, black pepper. Candied brown sugar sweetness in the onset as well as raisin, banana and fig accents, rounded but well-dosed and not cloying, as it is being balanced by underlying sourishness and a slight mushroom-like umami flavor; softish carbonation, thick but smooth, slick body. Full caramelly and heavily toasted maltiness in the middle, more toastedly bitter than sweet and even a bit coffeeish and roasted in the end, mouth-filling, leading to a full-fledged malty, roasted and toasted bittersweet finish with some earthy, spicy hops made subordinate to the toasted malts; the caramelized or ’burnt’ sugar sweetness persists too (almost a touch candy-ish even) and matches well with this malt bitterness, and a strong, but fortunately not too astringent presence of brown rum-like alcohol is undeniable. Warming Dutch Doppelbock, pleasant enough and definitely one for the malt heads; the toasted bitterness is however much stronger in this one than in your average German style, bottom-fermented Doppelbock, but that makes this beer all the more interesting. Enjoyed it.
Marduk (6324) - Reval, ESTONIA - JAN 7, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Clear brown color. Small size, beige head, disappears. Sweet, caramel, tea leaves, bit fruity in aroma. Coffee, caramel, roasted malts, sweet in taste. Burnt plastic in burps. Sweet malty aftertaste.
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle - thanks courier Stephan!
Lovely rich malty aroma, pleasant, but some slightly medicinal aspects. Rich brown, small persistent head. sweetish full palate. Totally grain oriented, but Tongue-scrapingly bitter finish, but I like that.
Lore (2168) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
reddish brown colour, 1 inch creamy beige-ish head; aroma of roasted malt, caramel, some coffee, nuts, herbal liqueur notes and some berries; taste is the same; not bad doppelbock at all