Ernest (5922) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark reddish-amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread, nuts), trace/lightly hoppy (apricot), lightly yeasty (dough).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Pity the aroma is so minimal, as the flavor balance is nice.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear burgundy. Smooth and consistent mouthfeel. At first I didnít think much ... but man, swish it around in the mouth a little and it thickens into a creamy cement of mouth love. Truly amazing. Chewy malts had a complex mellowness, with chocolate, nuts, caramel and toast. Hop addition was nice and balanced. Hints of citrus (orange) and wild flowers. Rock solid bock.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2006 Deep ruby in color with clarity; decent tan head thatís almost pillowy with some longevity. Nose is faint and intriguing, nutty, chocolate, toffee, and fruity. Flavor remains fruity(maybe raisin-like) with loads of a chocolate/toffee, toasty malty flavor and a dry, nuttiness. Finishes abruptly and dry with almost a smokey sourness. (a little strange, but not unpleasent) Palate is clean and lively with a creamy, medium body. Very different from any German bock or doppelbock that Iíve had, but sharing characteristics from both. The more I drank, the more I started to like it.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2006 Bottle. Pours with a diminishing beige head. Body is a nice dark clear reddish brown. Light caramel, nuttiness in aroma. Taste is much bolder- nutty, dry, grainy with nice earthy and spicy undertones. Almost sour, smokey at times. Fairly light mouthfeel. Hearty and unique.
5000 (5651) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Deep ruby, moderate light beige head, spotty lacing. † Caramel nose, slight biscuit, soft moldy cheese, otherwise seems fairly malty. † Quite malty on the tongue, remains biscuity, somewhat nutty, very little hop presense if at all. † Clean, easy drinking, my kind of bock! † Moderate body and mouthfeel. † Does fall somewhat flat on the finish, malt character and flavors are muted. † Not as chewy as other examples. † A lighter example, but still quite enjoyable.
Reid (1724) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown beer with dark reddish hints,lovelly thick and creamy tan head tops it off.
A fine malty lager aroma, slightly caramel with slight graininess.
In taste this is strongly malt driven, a robust toasty maltiness hits the taste buds first then a grainy flavour( not unpleasant) then a small burp of hops at the end..nice.
Quite nice on the palate, medium thick with a good lingering aftertaste.
I liked this one quite a bit, sort of like a dopplebock "lite", real easy to drink.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from the April 2006 Bond Street Series release. Deep reddish brown in color with a moderate off-white head. Aroma is of a spiced winter brew, with cardamom and cloves dominating. Flavor is muted: itís more malt than hops, though itís not dominating in either.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown, with amber hues showing through and a creamy off white head. Malty caramel aroma, sweet fluffy toffee. Flavor has some light fruity bananas and toasted cereal malt, almost a wheat bran flavor. Enjoyable, but slightly one sided.
mobrew (19) - Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It has been probably 3 years since I had this on tap at the Horse Brass Pub, but still remember it as an EXCELLENT beer, great body, malty and hoppy flavor. To bad they donít bottle this one, I think it would sell very well.
GermanBrews76 (676) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled in a jar. Deep rusty amber body, roastey and ripe. alcohol, spices and sweet ripe fruits. fairly complex righty off the bat. dryness fades in and out. nice dry roastey caramel malt finish. nuttiness emerges well later on.