FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 10, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Very dark, cola brown/black with about an average sized creamy and sticky, toasted marshmallow color. Decent retention settling into a patchy, foamy lace.
S - Very nice nose that reminds me a bit of Stone Double Bastard or somewhat like a barleywine. Nice citrus, pine, and floral hops. This is on a caramel/toffee malt base. Slight earthiness as well. A bit of spice and citrus rind also comes out a bit.
T - Nice caramel, earthy, nutty malt base with the caramel/toffee flavors being strongest. Always present also are the citrus hops with pine and floral just slightly less strong. Great mix of styles with it being a lot like an American Strong Ale or an American Barleywine but with more nutty and earthy base along with the caramel and a touch less hops. Hop bitterness and alcohol flavors are almost non-existent. Very well balanced and wonderful taste. If I had any complaint, I could use just a touch more bitterness, but that is only a slight complaint (and may be due to the age).
M - Medium body with a healthy amount of carbonation. Fairly smooth and a bit of a slick feel.
D - Very drinkable beer with a great balance of hop flavors and caramel malt as well as the earthy/nutty taste. ABV is very well hidden. Not overpowering but definitely strong in flavor.
Notes: 2009 Vintage. ABV = 9.2%. Wasn’t sure what to expect from a triple hop bock, and it is in between styles, but I loved the taste. Like I said, similar to American Strong Ale with the prominence of caramel and hop taste, but it is slightly more subdued and a bit less hot. The nutty/earthiness goes great along with it as well. Overall a great beer that I would highly recommend.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at 1st Borefts Beer Festival.
Crikey O’Rilley this is a barmy one! Almost as mad as Alex himself. Big a boozy, massive resinous hoppage and stinging citrus. Excellent caramel base carries the madness well. Despite all the huge hoppage, it still seems to retain some poise and is almost soft at points. Very unusual and hugely enjoyable.
M’ARCOlizzo (31) - ITALY - DEC 29, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark brown coloured with a tan and creamy head. Aroma is solid peachy and grapefruity hoppy. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel and hop fruity. Dry and fruity finish. Amazing!
leaparsons (9256) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (9.2% 2009). Very dark brown with some hints of red. Has a beige foam. Aromas are caramel and chocolate with fudge. Malty but with a big dose of green pine and floral, spicy hops. Flavours are very smooth and sweet chocolate malts with some roast notes. Raisins with bready yeast and some hints of citrus. Very prickly green pine hops on the finish. Spicy on the aftertaste. Very easy to drink but with evident alcohol. Great.
planky84 (2644) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Dark brown pour with a reddish tint, beige long lasting head. Hoppy aromas of banana, strawberries, peaches, pears, some herbs. Good fruit laden whiff. Fruit attack in the flavour with some coriander, raisins and chocolate. Very smooth. Nice, warming alcohol. Very distinctive taste. Excellent malty, hoppy finish. Tasty!
MoritzF (9015) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - APR 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottle, 75cl, vintage 2009) Cloudy, murky amber to brown colour with a beige and firm medium-sized foamy head. Piney, fruity (berries, passion fruits, pine apples) and herbal spicy hoppy aroma with a delicately toasty malty background. Bitter-sweet flavour, full bodied with an almost viscid mouthfeel. Solid caramel-malty base, which is quite covered by the aromatic hops character with fruity and piney, resiny accents; medium-dry (!), slightly toasty and complex hoppy finish. A wonderful hop bomb. 10.IV.10
jonas (6405) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAY 7, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Bottle, 9.2%. Hazy ruby, fine carbonation, golden cream. Impressive broad hop aroma: Peach, mango, citrus, light grass and earth. Roast start, burned sugar, straw- and raspberries, chocolate, fresh hay. The hops on top of that, more balanced than I initially expected. Mellow mouthfeel, fine sparkly, chewy. Earthy, grassy and finally light resiny aftertaste. Very enjoyable.
Zenwolf (269) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Nederlands Biercafe ‘t Arendsnest on advice from the bartender. Great advice though a difficult pour (lots of foam out of the De Molen bottles I’ve tried). Multiple levels of hops.. slight resin, mostly floral with a touch of grass. It is bitter with a decent slight sugar in a light caramel candy.
yespr (37603) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is solid peachy and grapefruity hoppy. Smooth yeasty note. Sweet caramelish and solid hoppy fruity. Dry and lingering hops fruity. Lingering roasted and mixed hops fruity flavoured. Dry and fruity finish. Stunning!
harrisoni (16047) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Borefts BF 09. Smooth and hoppy. Lovely really nice hops awesome. Lovely great mix of hops. Yes a bit sticky, but cold and lovely and hoppy as hell. Lovely.