Strykzone (5072) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Hayduke. We had it together via facebook chat. An almost clear dark amber hue to this beer. LOTS of carbonation launches from the bottom. The head is beige and is about one finger. Not a lot of aroma but it seems pretty much a classic doppelbock. After the first sip I am sold on this beer. Cocoa and caramel in the first sip is very nice. Later some citrus hops are tasted and they add a nice change of pace. Dark fruit. This becomes a liqueur and resembles the rum that is in a chocolate covered cherry. The alcohol is tasted as in the liqueur. Late I taste nuts. Ron and I both agree that this is almost chewy. It is like drinking candy. This is a really well brewed dopplebock, perhaps the best I have had.
hayduke (3470) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was release number 3, ABV 8.5% on the bottle. Shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. I pours a garnet color with a medium tan head. Light lacing. Nose is a blast of rich caramel malts, and some dark fruit. Actually lots of dark fruit. Earthy. Medium in body with a very clean smooth mouthfeel and hint of the alcohol. Wish there was no hint, but this IS 8.5% so I guess some is expected. The flavor is very rich, and the rich malts and ripe fruit is augmented by some floral hops. Chocolate appears as it warms. The finish is mostly on the sweet side and is almost chewy. Nuts finally appear as well. This is a simply delicious beer and the lager smoothness makes it very easy drinking. I am really enjoying this beer.
b3shine (5844) - Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a transparent light copperish orwnge with thin off-white lacing. Smells and tastes sweet and malty with notes of caramel. Nice and smooth on the palate. Enjoyable.
kbodnar77 (2) - USA - NOV 25, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I tasted this beer from the bottle on 11/25/13. The bottle was refrigerated cool. The beer pours easy, and resulted in a very slight, light yellow head. The beer is a clear dark amber color. Has a malt and gran aroma with hints of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet with the malt and caramel, with a nutty and cereal finish. I really enjoyed it!
raphael (916) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I smell yeast, molasses & sassafras. Clear orange brown with modest tan head. a peach tone among vanilla, alcohol and wheat toast, thin and drying on the mouth.. some warming. sweet & drying finish.
onceblind (4602) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear amber copper with a thin foamy light beige head. The smell is rich with a sweet caramel nose and a grainy chewy cereal tone behind it. The flavor unfortunately has this semi-boozy cough medicine tone running through it that I’m not a fan of. There is a nice balanced earthy sweet chewy pale cereal maltiness and a touch of toast, but that medicine tone..ouch.
anders37 (17537) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Epic Brewing Denver Taproom, Denver, CO. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel finish.
brokensail (11599) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Epic (Denver). Pours a clear copper pour with an off-white head. Sweet toasted malt, caramel, and a bit of dark fruit on the nose. Kind of just bland and bready. Flavor is sweet caramel, bread, and toast. Hints of cola, dark fruit, and biscuit. Mild candy on the finish.
MrHangover (2765) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ the brewery tap room. Pours a clear, amber beer with a thin white head on top. Aroma is caramel, booze, and big malts. Flavour is sweet, alcoholic and very big on the caramel. Long, sweet finish. Decent brew for sure.
kermis (5746) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sample at Epic Brewing taproom, Denver. Pours clear amber brown with a ring off white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, toffee, dough and sweet fruits. Flavour is heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.