argo0 (11165) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 7, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(12oz bottle) Small tan head that mostly diminishes, atop clear mahogany body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate/caramel, orange. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some chocolate, orange, earthy, light alcohol. Watery medium body.
jcwattsrugger (10903) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap-pours a light tan head and copper color. Aroma is medium malty, some earthy hops. Taste is medium malt is dominant, some earthy hops. Easy.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear dark brown, wispy dirty white head, bits of lace,
Aroma: dry dark caramel malt aroma with an earthyness,
Flavor: rich dark caramel malt flavor, light smokey earthyness, touch of sweetness,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
hopscotch (8458) - 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.
hopdog (8444) - 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.
GT2 (7707) - Carlsbad, 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.
DocLock (7421) - 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.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a thin, spotty-lacing light tan head. Mild aroma of lightly sweet toasty caramel malts and a touch of German hops. Body starts lightly sweet and caramely malty with some doughy yeast and a thinner, mildly warming finish. Doesn’t quite have the fullness of a true doppelbock, but is pretty smooth and drinkable.
Ibrew2or3 (6436) - 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.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of beachbum25. Pours ruby red with a thin white head. Smells of tarte cherries, vegetal, some sweet malt, roses. Tastes of molasses, spice, some sweet malt, touches of cinnamon. Good!