BeerandBlues2 (10691) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at home. Pours lightly hazy tawny with a medium, frothy and bubbly beige head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is tart plums, figs, and raisins with cookie and light caramel malt, and lactic acid with light earthy hops. Flavor is lactic dark fruits, light hops and bitterness, supporting malt though mostly hidden by the tartness, and a dry finish. Medium body and light carbonation.
sonnycheeba (4191) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by beerandblues2. Pours murky dark brown with thin, creaky off-white head. Aroma is cherries, sour yeast, bready malts, and light funk. Flavor is dark sour fruit, dry malts, and and a touch of sweetness. Medium body and low carbonation.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml bottle from jtclockwork. Thanks James. Pours a dark brown color with a small beige head that slowly recedes to a fine ring. The aroma is somewhat mild and indistinct with cola notes, caramel and dust. The flavor is light and features, roasted grains, toffee, cola and earth. Bittering is also light. The palate is full and smooth with a lively carbonation. Finishes short with a bit of acidity and astringency. Overall: This went down easy for a 8 percent ABV brew, I enjoyed it. My critical side says its a Dopplebock that lacks robustness and it falls apart on finish; my hedonistic side says it good shit and it gives a nice warm buzz.
JStax (3674) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle. Pours a darker amber with a beige head of foam. Aroma has raisins, dark fruits, and a hint at tartness. The taste is sweet, bready, and distinctly tart.
jtclockwork (10655) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours orange brown with tan head. Fizzy carbonation. Nose and taste of caramel, toffee, sweet malt and light lactose/sour milk. Medium body.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
22oz bottle from jtclockwork, thanks James! Pours a cloudy, brown-copper colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is bready sweet caramels with some grain, dark fruits, lightly toasted nuts, and a light floral hopping. Flavor has some infection making this somewhat sour. Still has that bready sweet caramel, light nuttiness, and dark fruit essence as the base, but the sourness really distracts this in the finish. Dry, somewhat toasty and sweet before leaving a medium length aftertaste. Smooth, medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, this would be okay if it weren’t for the infection. Despite knowing that, this wasn’t very good as is.
MacBoost (1488) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Shared by me at the Monte’s Krown tasting yesterday. funky and buttery smell. Obviously infected. Sour, funky infected taste. This would probably be decent if marketed as a sour/wild doppelbock. If I knew it was going to be this bad, I wouldn’t have brought it to the tasting.
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bomber. Pours turbid deep ruddy muddy Carolina brown/chestnut colored with 2-finger frothy tan head. Nose is sweet melted caramels, some earthy and nutty notes, hops, vinous fruit. Tastes tart, in fact too tart for this style. I’ll try again later, but this one has a lactobacillus infection.
BMan1113VR (7902) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours with a clear bronze body with red highlights and a small, off-white head. Aromas are malty, light raisins, grainy, cereal. No real malt complexity. Flavors are sweet with what seems like crystal malt, bready, toasty, dark fruits and raisins. A touch of earthy spice. Medium to lower bubbles, fuller body with some alcohol. Lacks complexity.
Arayaga2 (1899) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a quarter-inch of tan head. Aroma is worty, and taste is the same, but with a cloying lactic tang into the finish. $11 growler