ezec (4) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2011 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear, warm, amber-gold with a healthy thick frothy head that lingers. Head is off-white with a golden hue. The nose is of fresh-cut pine backed up by tart apples, pears, then pineapple. Similar on the palate; starts with a sharp piney-citrusy flavor, followed by sweet, slightly fruity and biscuity tastes. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and it hides the 7.5% abv pretty well. I had guessed it was 6.25 or so. IBU’s in upper 40’s I’d guess. Anyway, it invites another taste...
mansquito (3114) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From my dear brother: Pours a perfect pour, with a nice frothy white head and a golden orange body. Aroma is of candy, a touch of hops, sugar, and bread. The taste is what was the real surprise. Heller Bocks are a notoriously difficult style and this one knocked most of them out of the water. No alcohol burn (big plus!). Really smooth. Slight sweetness, with sort of bubblegum and European candy notes (difficult thing to explain...). A subdued hop bitterness is also present. Basically, my expectations were low, but instead I got one of the better Heller Bocks I’ve ever had.
obguthr (3453) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hay, lemon, and funk nose. Clear amber, thin head. Lemongrass and funk, light malty sweetness flavor. Flavorful for a bock and drinks like a belgian pale. Best beer I’ve had from Dominion in a long time.
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Capone’s, and I believe this is my 2011 maibock cherry popper. Dark straw pour with 3-finger fluffy white head. Nose is floral and earthy, with hopcitrus, apricotty fruit, definite noble hops. No transient hops in this one; no sir. Tastes earthy, rich, fruity, with a big hop element and some cloying sweetness. Smooth finish, and very good.
shakespeare33 (197) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sixer from safeway.. cant believe Im the fourth person to rate this... Pours a highlighted translucent golden hue w a dissipating snow white head... aroma is of a slightly sweetend bitterness with notes of honey and pine billowing above the rim... Initial hit to the palate is puzzling because there are definite pine crusted hop notes but they disappear quicker than the guy who woke up next to the ugly chick.. the overtone is laced with a bittersweet mix of malts that present a resinous, slightly syrupy earthy flavor.. simple flavor on the frontend but much more complicated throughout the remainder of the sip.. its a mystery wrapped in a conundrum.. heavier than what I expected but not overpowering.. Like the girlfriend I keep going back to..... I know I like her but Im just not sure why.. good brew from dominion though
jsmerig (1144) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour a nice gold color with a thick foamy head. Aroma reveals noble hops. The taste is mostly malt with a bit of alcohol strength at the end.
GMCC2181 (1495) - Newark, Delaware, USA - APR 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle picked up at StateLine... Yellow/Orange color, small head. Smells ok... slight fruity hops. Taste is a nice surprise. Nice hop bite... little fruityness with a nice malt backing... sweetness in the after taste...could go with out that... 7.5%??? was going to say this is a nice session beer but not at 7.5.... medium body... little sticky... Overall a decent heller bock
Braudog (5496) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Textbook pour, golden orange, quite active, with a staunch but thin bright white topping of rocky foam. The aroma is, well, beery ... sweet and malty with a hint of citrus. The beer drinks with a rich texture, silky and smooth. A beautiful example of style, this quaffable beer has an evident alcoholic kick, but is sublimely refreshing with a mellow sweet character. (#4115, 5/22/2011)
haddon90 (1385) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a light, clear amber color with a nice, frothy head. Nice, hoppy/malty mix in the aroma. Light citrus taste with a hint of grapefruit. A little bit of hops. Nice mix, actually. Dry finish that lingers around.
Drink4Satan (670) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought cold and returned home to refrigeration promptly. Pours a beautiful clear, warm gold colour with a puffy, two-finger head that leaves globs of lacing and has excellent retention. Herbal, slightly cheesy noble hops dominate the aroma with sweet honey-like malt character providing the backbone. The flavour is extremely sweet with a syrupy, full malty presence up front with grassy, herbal noble hops in the finish. Cereal grain and an out-of-place orange flavour become more intrusive as it warms. There is a less-than-appropriate level of DMS for my taste, but I’m sure that the low level of DMS is a positive thing for most drinkers out there. The palate fullness is on the high side, while the carbonation is on the low side for the style. The palate duration is long, so it’s got that going for it. Pleasing for the most part, considering the style, but it shows it’s American origin; not in a positive way, unfortunately. To be fair, I had Indian food a few hours earlier. I would definitely be willing to re-rate. Kudos to the brewery for producing good beer again since buying back the brand from Ambev. Ambev can suck a bag of dicks. Dominion deserves control over their processes!