hopscotch (9161) - 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.
Ron (2528) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep amber color with an off white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, toffee, roast, and brown sugar. Flavor is malty, caramel, toffee, roast, and a sugary finish.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, pours a dark brune body with a tan head. Malty nutty tones, some light caramel and toffee notes, a fully body with a decent etoh warming and some lighter fruit esters. Hint of smoke malt and an earth y toned finish. Decent.
Ibrew2or3 (6890) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours clear garnet with tan head. The aroma is musty malts shuffling over to some malt roastiness with thin layers of dark fruitiness and a sense of caramel back off in the background. It has a light aroma but it seems pretty darn nice. The taste begins with malts both sweet and roasty that create a pleasing mix. Soon after modest notes of figs and dates and caramel pick up and join in to midway. Into the finish malt roastiness, a touch of caramel and some cherry hard candy take this to closure. Nice. The moderate level of malt roastiness keep this from being overly sweet.
dmac (4007) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle of disappointment. Poured a good looking deep ruby red with a smaller bubbly beige head. Aroma was very subtle chocolate, nutts, and caramel. The body was thin and fizzy with lots of foamy carbonation once it passes your lips. Flavor was seltzer water combined with a decent doppel, some chocolate and fizz, very slight dark fruits and fizz and some crusty brown nutty bread and fizz. This one was quite a let down.
Nejhleader (1239) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
body was thin, not much taste, had an aftertaste of caramel malts. Not a good example of a doppelbock in my mind.
fluffy (1666) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
aroma is strongly varying dark sugars. flavor is malty, strongly caramel with dark fruits of figs, raisins and dates. mildly creamy on the palette. pretty nice.
zach8270 (3472) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Ruby red pour with a creamy off-white head. Lots of sweet and earthy notes dominate the aroma and mix with a sweet, fruity, and nutty end. Flavor begins with a sweet and fruity flavor, then a roasted malt and coffee middle, and a lightly bitter but sweet finish. A lot of different flavors all battling it out in this one.
Rustyham (1724) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2009
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black with a white head, this beer has a nasty feeling of having mixed the ass end of every beer at the end of the night, like there is a battle in the bottle and the world is not at peace. Sampled at the 2nd Annual Treasure Coast Beerfest in Ft. Pierce.
jb (2187) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m glad the goat does fall and not just spring. Nice looking, reddish, with a thick creamy looking tan head. Large aroma, a bit spicy, earthy, nutty and malty. A bit of cherry in the palate, creamy mouthfeel, a bit sour, a touch of prunes, and that is about it. A little on the light side, but tasty. Very thin watery finish.