maeib (8077) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 29/09/12. A ruby coloured beer with an off-white ring of head. Sweet and bready malts throughout. Fossil fuels. More bitter and fruity than most doppelbocks. Late toastiness. Pretty tasty but a bit over fruity.
Dr_Butty (87) - SCOTLAND - SEP 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from drinkmonger. Pours deep brown, clear, but no head. Very little carbonation. Sweet aromas from malt, flavour is sweet, as per the style, with distinct toffee and raisins. Finish is long, slightly sweet and spicey. A very christmassy beer with the spicey finish. Good example of the style.
BlackHaddock (2931) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
31st August 2012: Icelandic or should I say ‘Einstok’ tasting evening at a mates house. He’d bought two bottles of four different Einstok brews. All poured carefully into a ‘Straffe Hendrik’ badged chalice. Last beer of the four was a 33cl Bottle of this (best before 10/2012).
Dark brown, deep, deep amber coloured body with a thin almost white head on top.
The malty nose had chocolate and toffee esters to the fore with caramel arriving later.
The taste was also malty sweet, with the same flavours as the aromas except there was a distinct burnt bitterness towards the end of each gulp. Not sure whether it came from hops or the dark chocolate malts?
Most enjoyable and the best of the four Icelandic beers I had that night.
MalcolmTucker (576) - SCOTLAND - AUG 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a thin puddly head. Toffee dominates the aroma. Flavour is toffee, mild coffee with a chewy malt backbone. Slightly sweet before a restrained bitter finish.
johndoughty (3549) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Who would have thought that this imressive example of one of my favourite styles would come from Iceland? Slightly sweet with a lingering quite sharp aftertaste. Left no lacing but certainly impressed me.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Drinkmonger. Pours a dark amber colour with a fair yellowish head. A malty aroma with toffee, chocolate and yeast notes. Similar malty, toffee flavours, mildly sweet and nicely bitter. Mild carbonation and CO2 prickle with a foamy mouth-feel.
presario (4437) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Copper with light head. Malt and alcohol melange scent. Warm toasty flavour. A bit of caramel toffee. A hint of chocolate. Big body and texture.
thepeter (275) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chestnut Brown pour with a film for head that fades quickly. Aroma of dark fruits and roasted malt, grape skins and a tiny tinge of sour. Tastes of dryer malt, some roast nuts bit of dark fruit and a clean aftertaste. MF is a bit thin but great soft, smooth carbonation. Overall a decent Doppelboc but both the MF and the Taste lack intensity or anything special.
wheresthepath (1396) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle from Beers of Europe] Pours amber brown with a moderate but rapidly diminishing beige head, and a middling amount of thin, prickly fizz. Chocolate up front followed by a bit of granite and some butter and caramel. Then a big hit of sweet, dark rum (mmm, I like rum) which makes the beer taste strong than its true strength. The roasted malt comes through at this point in Horlicks form, with a tiny hint of ash. A few grassy hops escape giving a little dryness, but really this is all about rum and caramel. The mouthfeel is possibly a little cloying, leaving an odd clay-like coating on your tongue. Nevertheless, it’s pretty decent, surprisingly complex, and I do like that rum!
Cuso (3392) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from thedrinkshop.com. Dark amber color with small white head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, toasted bread, yeast, syrup. Surprisingly not so sweet as I thought, it will be. Taste, fruity, bread, caramel. Fruity finish with light bitterness in background. Good one.