HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2010
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2013 I hate to pile on, but even my friend the barkeep described this beer’s odor as dog shit. Not metaphorically either. I occasionally pick up some coffee but unfortunately this beer is beyond redemption. Vegetal, slightly sour, slightly sour. No no no.
HoppityHop (171) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
If you think this beer sucks, YOU suck! No, it’s not an Oktoberfest lager like it states on the label, and no, it’s not a dopplebock either.........what it IS is a fantastic chocolatey imperial dark lager that tastes much like a huge (triple?) brown ale. Chocolate and caramel malt shines through, and finishes smooth. Aroma is all malt. A great beer that unfortunately doesn’t fit into any particular style. Erie brews great beer.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Testing my mettle is their Fallenbock, a self-stylized double bock which resembles old mahogany marred by dark garnet and brown highlights. A soft tannish head gives way to a thin layer of mousse, albeit without lace. His nose is toffee, raisins, and prunes with pumpernickel bread fresh from the oven and Pepperidge Farm Pumpernickel Sticks. Talk about another childhood flashback; I love those things. Grass and straw make for an intriguing interplay between the malts and hops. There are unfortunately some rather prominent butterscotch notes, aka, diacytal. Burnt sugars play while the hops maintain a solid presence. Interesting, though not what I expect out of a doppel bock. Pumpernickel mingles with raisins and prunes for thick dark fruity sweetness which finish with a tart nip before green grass and damp/dank grains rear their head again. Butterscotch coats everything along with molasses while burnt sugars and maple take the back roads. I’m not impressed, but I’m not turned off either. Furthering our journey together, a disturbing presence of rotten citrus skins and pith seem to want to mingle with the dark fruits, thus tainting their previous sweet plump meaty delights. Scattered and unsure of himself, I never really knew what, where, and who the Fallenbock from Erie Brewing was. I didn’t drain pour his remaining few quaffs, but I didn’t enjoy them either.
Erie Brewing is the bad kind of eerie which inspired sleepless nights for both me and my parents. They don’t get those late-night calls of fright anymore, but I certainly won’t be revisiting this particular Erie Brewing beer.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark ruby-brown, thin beige head. Aroma of grass, caramel, light roast, nut. Taste is sweet caramel and apple. Overly sweet, not much beyond that. Thin body, fizzy carbonation.
GT2 (8281) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 28, 2009
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap at Stubbie and Steins in Gainesville, FL. This is disgusting. Pours a deep amber with a thin, creamy, tan head. Weak retention and no lacing. Olive juice nose and taste. A bit of rotten vegetables. Beets. Metals. Just gross.
Palidor19 (2931) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2009
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
decent like a nice candy, the flavor is sweet but not overpowering, has a nice mellow taste that is very drinkable.
nick76 (4180) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is very toasted with chocolate, toffee, and earth. The appearance is brown with an average head. The taste is like the aroma and it has a bitter sweet finish. The palate is thin but Ok for the style. Overall this is pretty good.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells a bit like a Cow Tail or Bulls Eye - one of those caramel candies filled with vanilla creme. Flavor is caramel malt with a medium body. Surprisingly good from a brewer I otherwise don’t care for.
Arayaga2 (1769) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish brown black with a beautiful tan head and lacing. Aroma is muted, but contains sulfur and light roasty notes. Taste is one-dimensionally roasty with some breadiness and residual sweetness. Worty aftertaste, with tootsie-roll exhalations. $2/12oz
hopscotch (8893) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Pours clear and very dark. When held up to bright light, I see ruby. Small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The nose is a swirl of NYC street-vendor candied cashews, vanilla, chocolate, espresso and mild campfire smoke. Medium to full-bodied with fizzy carbonation. The sweet, malty flavor runs parallel to the aroma – toasted nuttiness alongside mocha and a splash of vintage port that lingers well into the finish. A careful, conservative hop schedule and black malt bitterness prevent the sweetness from running absolutely rampant. Underrated.