bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - SEP 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2008 This was a very good doppelbock. Nice dark golden color, very malty, hints of brandy.
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle with Timfoolery. Poured a dark amber color and had the smell of sweet hops. Smooth on the palate, but somewhat bland in flavor. A little bit of spice flavor but not too overpowering. Drinkable, but not a outstanding beer.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Wade’s Wines in Westlake Village, CA. From the ratings, you’d think this one was lacking, but I didn’t find that the case. It was very drinkable with a nice maltiness to it and limited bitterness. Octoberfest is right around the corner, and this one was great with a brat!
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber color, with a small white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel. Flavor is similar, sweet, lots of caramel, chewy, but there is a lack of carbonation that leaves the beer a little flat.
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 750. Poured a deep amber color with a thin cream colored head. Taste is a sweet caramel. Flavors are very rich and full. Personally I enjoyed this brew a lot.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Sams in Durham. Amber pour with a thin head. Complexity opens up as it warms. Citrus/piney aroma. Oily mouth-feel with flavors of hazelnuts, roast, malts, and hops.
hayduke (3380) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 750 C&C bottle that cost $15.95 at the Northcoast Coop in Arcata, CA, this poured a slightly hazy amber with not much head. This as at cellar temperature (55 degrees) which seems about right. Drink this too cold and I think it would lose something which might explain some of the low ratings here.
Big nose of floral hops and caramel malts. Slick and greasy mouthfeel. Flavors are rich and complex, and a little sweet. I liked this a lot.
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m surprised by the low ratings here, I really enjoyed this one. Nice and hoppy, as noted by GreatLibations. A bit thin on the palate but otherwise a very enjoyable beer.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a thin off white head. Very little lacing. Aroma is esters and spice. Flavor is toasted malt and esters. Didn’t get any barrel aging out of this one. Medium body. A slight disappointment but worth a try if someone breaks out.
FirmButtstone (48) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - JUL 30, 2008
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Well, wow this was weak. Very thin, with a bit of a caramel then bitter bite. A slight dirty / spice finish. Very weak body for the style. Once again a big bottle of epic fail from Flying Dog. It could be I’m pissed I spent $15 bucks for this.