stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sampled. Pours brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of fruit, spices, and caramel. The flavor is sweet, caramel, fruit, spices, slightly acidic, with some traces of bitterness. Alcohol is hidden well, but this was just a pretty boring brew.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Deep red-brown body, thin, dense buff head. Cerealy nose, served too cold to pick up much depth. Medicinal body with strong leafy hops, crackers, dark fruit candies, and butterscotch (but not diacetyl). Subtle alcohol notes. A bit syrupy, bordering on cloyingly sweet after several sips, but still enjoyable and interesting.
DocLock (7445) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2008 Bottle from Capone’s.
Rerate 10/3/08. Same ruby color, but with nose of dark malt, cacao, nuts, caramel, brown sugar, figs. Tastes caramel malty, figgy, brown sugary, with nice cacao and nutty notes. Much better than last year, and I am updating this score.
This one was a mild disappointment. The color was dark brown (ruby thru glass) with minimal off-white head. The aroma was dark malty, you could say a tad portery, with some tart cherry, spice, and Lactobacillus notes. The taste was caramel malt, tart cherry hints, some dark fruit, and mild hops. The tartness remained throughout, joined by a mild vegetal flavor late, and a general lack of complexity and balance throughout, making this one a one-timer only.
kramer (4589) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle, D’s 6-pack Pittsburgh. Pours a dark mahogany brown colored body under a very fizzy beige head that quickly disappeared. Quite a bit of fizzy carbonation. The aroma is slightly grainy with a corny vegetal pervasivness. A little alcohol. The flavor is very thin with a dominant corn taste. There’s a light note of smoke, toffee, and alcohol on the finish. Mouthfeel is thin and watery with very fizzy large bubbled carbonation. Finishes with minimal sweetness. This was not a good beer, and an especially bad Dopplebock. Zero for two with Erie beers.
SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Bought Oct 13, 06. Poured dark, reddish brown. Some fizzy head that quickly dissipated. Nice nuttly, malty, roasty, fruity aroma. Flavor was sweet and fruity, with some roasted nut flavors in the middle to end. Nice flavors, very smooth. Didn’t taste the alcohol at all. As it warmed it got a more malty flavor to it with a more pronounced grape flavor and a chocolate flavor. Body is thin, mouthfeel light and airy. There is alot going on in this beer and I like it, I thought it fit very well together.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle purchased at 3 Sons Dogs and Suds in Wexford, PA. $2 for 7.8% beer, why not? Pours deep translucent copper brown. Nice malty and fruity aroma, with a touch of alcohol. Texture is thin. Flavor of european malts and hops, nuts, and fruit. Alcohol not well hidden. Overall, a bit messy. However, considering the price, it’s a good value for a high ABV beer. I’d buy it again for an inexpensive nightcap beer.
cheap (3751) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2006
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 First new erie brewing beer. Drank erie long time ago before it closed down and was revitalized. Very interesting label. Dark but not opague in my steelers mug. Pretty decent dark beer. Slight initial bitter hit with a medium lasting bitter after taste and finish. Smooth for it’s alky content.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours dark reddish amber, off white head. Aroma is fruit, nuts, and alcohol. Flavor is fruity, nutty, malty and slightly bitter. The body is very thin.
TomDecapolis (4387) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
KSBF 2006. Pours a translucent brown amber with a small off white head. Aroma of sweet malts, grains, light smoke and roasty. Flavors of the same but more caramel.
hopdog (8455) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Poured a darker brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, and citrus. Tastes of roast, chocolate, citrus and nuts. Light alcohol in the finish.