HonkeyBra (3557) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber into Dimpled mug. Pours a deep red with a light head. Aroma of caramel, sweet malt, mild fruitiness. Flavor is slightly thin, a bit metallic. Mostly sweet with a bit of rye, some light and dried fruit. Mouthfeel is too thin for the style. A bit of alcohol in the finish, but otherwise no lingering flavors. Decent albeit pedestrian.
ChainGangGuy (4426) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Very clear, bright mahogany-hued body with a smallish, off-white head.
Smell: Distinct scent of melted Brach’s caramel squares amongst the toasted malts and meager wafts of fruit and alcohol.
Taste: Toasted malts smothered in plenty of sweet, toothsome caramel. Minor, zesty rye grain hint. Splash of DeKuyper Buttershots. Light golden raisin and apple stem fruitiness. Spicy, earthy hops with a gentle, though steadfast bitterness. Finishes warming and surprisingly dry, considering how sweet it was upfront.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Decidedly sticky mouthfeel.
Drinkability: CIHB is brash and straight-forward with its delivery of sweetness, its plump mouthfeel, and overall alcohol, especially when compared to its traditional German counterparts, though I still found it to be enjoyable.
Oakes (12849) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught, Brother Tucker’s
Bright red, slight haze. Light, thin foam. Fresh, fruity (peach) aroma with light caramel. Sweet front, fairly boozy middle with lots of peach, and some plum/pear esters. The finish is very rich, cut only by alcohol.
RSRIZZO (1871) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color is a bright amber with very good carbonation and a nice tight head. Aroma is sweet, a bit roasted with alcohol tones in the back. Taste is rich, sweet and smooth. Starting with a bold medium body it goes down smooth with a rich feel. Finish comes in sweet with a raisin like flavor, a hint of vanilla, some hops and just a faint bitterness. After taste has a big alcohol feel as all the rich flavors slowly fade. After the first few sips, as you sit back you get a warming feeling deep inside. Overall I love it, great brew, its rich and flavorful yet very drinkable and the 10% ABV keeps you happy.
Ratman197 (10320) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish amber with a small diminishing amber head. Aromas of burnt carmel, dark fruit, toffee and light brown sugar. Palate was medium to full bodied with a lightly syrupy finish. Flavors of burnt carmel, brown sugar and dark fruit with a smooth lingering sweet malty finish.
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
draft at Ravenous Pig. This is kinda like cough medicine. Very thick. Bitter fruit tastes. Very bready taste, along with sweet maltiness. Didn’t like this one too much.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Brother Tuckers. Deep garnet red with lots of lacing. Mild aromas include cherries. Also earthy with some woodiness. Soft low carbonation. Fruitiness integrates really well with the rich malts. Billed as a hoppy barleywine at the time, which is more what it’s like, not like a DB. It’s simple, smooth and I like it.
notalush (5070) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear dark amber, with a soapy, lasting lace - aroma of chocolate, raisin, fig, caramel - the flavor is caramel sweet, with some spicy hops and peppery alcohol heat - somewhat creamy mouthfeel - some raisin and cherry - a bit of sherryish character - finishes with some whiskey-like notes - fairly easy drinking for its strength - one of the better high grav brews from this brewer.
Sammy (9041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed on-tap at Brother Tucker’s, Pompano Beach. Beautiful white lace on chocolate colour. Chocolate malt, rich taste. Like a good Old Ale style.Tasty stuff.Way Above average mouthfeel. Satisfying finish.
Butters (3869) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled thanks to sixfootsix. Pours a clear amber brown with small ring of khaki head. Nose of alcohol and raisins. Definitely ’hot’ smelling. But the alcohol is just flavorful, not hot, with a nice peatiness to it. A little average as far as dopplebocks go. Awesome label art though.