auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2006 (Originally rated 3/14/05) Dark deep black pour, with light brown soapy froth. Plain boring malty aroma. Extremely rich deep toasty malt with sweet nutty flavors. Alcohol is strong and stings the nose. A lite coffee and chocolate background in the finish. There’s a little wisp of port of brandy in the flavor complex. Aftertaste and smack is a little bit burnt and bitter. (Rated 9/8/05) 2004. Light dark cherry aroma. Deep dark orange tinged translucency. Even oily off-white head. Canteloupe! Strong first note. Morphs into a slightly sherried, mroe bourboned, with a background of cherries. Tough to finger. Alcohol adds a spicy kick on the back end. Creamy lucious mouthfeel, with a real full feeling and a lot of body. Crisp finish. A nice level of complexity to this beer that keeps the tounge on task. More flavorful than most dopplebocks. A touch of abbey fruitcake and spiced orange. Lingers with a tinge of fresh spearmine. Wow. A year makes this beer fantastic!