hopscotch (9954) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft... Clear copper lager with a mid-sized, wispy, off-white head. Good, tight, small, creamy retention. Chocolaty and vinous nose - lots of caramel and tawny port. Full-bodied with prickly carbonation. Sweet, caramelly, vinous, port-like flavor. Lengthy, sweet finish that succumbs to mild bitterness and winds up grassy and dry.
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Oldsmar Tap House. Pours crystal clear amber with gold edges and semi firm, semi bumpy tan head. The aroma is only moderate in strength with dark fruity esters and faint malts. The taste begins with a rush of malt, cherry, prune, perfectly ripe plums and brown sugar sweetness. Its all sweet and comes together nicely. The sweetness wanes a bit by midway as floral hop flavor and bitterness make an appearance. It gets just a bit rough into the finish as the hints of the alcohol murmur to the fore. But it is plenty restrained considering it’s listed at 10% ABV. It ends less sweet than it started. It doesn’t really approach the style shown here as a Doppelbock. So I’m rating it with no regard style.
sebletitje (7156) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ OTH.
Pours amber, beige color.
Aroma is syrupy / licorice with malts.
Taste malty, lots of syrupy/caramel tones, some fruits (grapefruit, possible dark sweet fruits, such as figs or apricot/orange giving a very sugary mouthfeel).
Boozy, reminded me more of strong ale with barley tones. than a doppelbock. As a matter of fact it sounded more like a stronger version of their Freaktoberfest. At soem point, you seem to get more of the alcohol than anything else.
thegreenrooster (3423) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is heavy on the caramel with some candi sugar and molasses. Flavor is a nice roasted malt to start out but then comes the alcohol bomb. Why does this brewer insist on making every beer boozed out the wazoo? It has enough for a sample but there are better dopples out there.
PhillyBeer2112 (2600) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2009
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Candied nose, sugary and toffee. Berry like fruitiness is pretty weird. Very very sweet, def cloying. A bit reminiscent of cherry liqueur. Woof. Pure amber color. Heavy, sticky palate. After a time it starts to get rather medicinal, like a thick sweet cough syrup. Not good.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours a crystal clear, dark, reddish copper color. A small, foamy, khaki colored head settles to a wispy film, leaving minimal spotting behind. Scents of biscuit and cookie malt combine with cooked figs coated in brown sugar, followed by notes of grapefruit and pine hop bitterness. The alcoholic burn is pretty significant on the nose. Flavors show more dark, malty fruits and biscuit malts with a spicy, bitter citrus hop kick that lingers for a good while. Big and syrupy on the palate, the alcoholic heat is a bit overwhelming. This just seems kind of strewn together and not very focused.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft @ redlight redlight. Light fruits on the nose, peaches, nectarines, with hints of grapefruit on the nose. Pours a reddish amber with a thick white head. Smooth caramel malts, with an assertive hop bite with grapefruity flavors. The texture is very creamy and smooth.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Umber color with a tall taupe head. Not a strong nose on this one. I’ve got three different glasses going trying to pick thinks up. Heavy dark caramel, toasted malt, hints of alcohol, earthy hops and some honey roasted peanuts. Not the most balanced or clean smelling. Very soft and rich feel. Light cherry flavor start that leads to raisins and plums in a mild alcohol stew. A bit of malt comes into play in the finish, but the linger is more woody and has some fortified wine qualities. Alcohol is also more noticeable in the finish and linger. Not clean strong lager, but it does not come off as a malt liquor, like to many of this ilk do. Actually after some time a the linger has some decent toasted/caramel malt remembrances.
BREWMUSKCLES (2339) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2009 SLICK sticky and sweet with little alcohol apparent. raisin and plum like in touch of cherry wine and with moderate carbonation at best. soft in mouthfeel as well. dark malty and with touch of wood.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle from somewhere.... I can’t recall sadly. Pours a reddish tinted brown with a medium head. Average head retention with good lacing. Aroma is caramel and berry-like fruit notes. Taste is toffee, bread, slight hops. Full bodied.