Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAR 12, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Let me begin by saying, Iím not impressed. $16 for a mediocre beer is not acceptable by any means. 750 ml green bottle. Points off right there for a green bottle. What? Did you guys ride the short bus to school? Havenít you heard that green bottles allow for skunking? Or, did you miss that day in brewing school? Anyway, barely a pop when the cork was removed. Poured out a light, clear, brown color, with a minimal tan head. Aromas are fairly nondescript. Some sweet notes, a little wildflower honey, some hops.
Exceptionally clear. Flavors are of sweet malts, slightly roasty, slightly yeasty too. Medium mouthfeel, thin and sweet. Finishes sweet & malty. A mediocre beer at best.
Dorwart (2333) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin sloppy head of varying sized bubbles. Light carbonation. Malty aroma with some light raisin notes and caramel. Color is a deep reddish orange. Medium bodied. Light alcohol presence. Lots more malts in the flavor with only a little bit of sweetness. Many times dopplebocks come off as being sickly sweet to me but this one is not like that. Late heat from the alcohol. More caramel and earthy/herbal flavors. Finishes hot and very herbal. Lots of parsley and some other mild herbs. Decent but not worth the price.
IrishBoy (3725) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from Bottle Barn; Nose is sweet caramel, vanilla, yeast, and toffee; clear copper with a small off-white head; flavor has caramel, toffee, vanilla, on otherwards just as it smells, but with a minor bitter note that combines with some light smoky sweetness in the finish! Canít taste any whiskey barrels except for the light vanilla notes!
eaglefan538 (2818) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 5, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle from Tops in Tempe. The pour was deep amber to copper in color. Thin 1/2 cm head, decent retention, weak lacing. The aroma was fruity with some dark malts, some grass. Flavor followed the aroma, darker malts, some lighter fruits, light choco, some grass. Finishes a bit acidic squeeky with some astringency, bitterness detectable (hops) in there. The mouthfeel was moderate for the style, far from a sticky malty doppelbock, but yet not that outstanding in any shape or form, not crisp and clean enough. Nice experience, but beyond that, just not a great beer (yet again) from FD.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle) Small off-white head atop clear dark amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, light chocolate, earthy, herb. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, some smoke, light apricot. Medium body. No sign of the barrel aging (not sure this is a bad thing, just figured it to be something worth commenting on).
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Courtesy of argo0. Clear dark amber body with a small beige head. The nose is sweet and fruity with cherry/berry, toffee, caramel and herbal hops. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with raisins, toffee, herbs, caramel and band-aid. Medium/full body is rough with moderate carbonation.
kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 1, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Pours a clear, bright ruby-brown color; light tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Dusty, earthy hops, and candy sugar in the aroma; a bit watery at the edges. Medium mouthfeel: slightly watery, caramel and dried fruits; vegetal character (green, stalky, and overripe); not a very good doppelbock. Medium finish: sugar and some dried fruits; weak effort.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2008 In short: Basic but effective Dopplebock. Nothing great, nothing bad. Decent beer.
How: Bottle, fresh. Tasting session with Montreal crew
The look: Clear amber body with a short-lived beige head
In long: Toasted crusty bread, plenty of not-so-tasty caramel, grapes and other fruits suitable for breakfast juice. Enough hopping for a proper balance. I seem to have liked it more than my buddies at the tasting session. However I should point out that this was the last bottle of a long tasting session and by that time beers start to taste 0.3 point higher and girls start to look 30 pounds lighter.
BOLTZ7555 (2656) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
So are we rating the beer or the price tag??? I agree that the $16 that I paid was a bit steep, but does that make this any less a beer??? I think that many have forgotten the spirit surrounding the site...itís not the "value" of the beer but, rather, how the beer compares to others in its category. Clearly, this beer isnít the best in its class but it undoubtedly distinguishes itself from others less worthy. Non-aggressive aroma, burnt orange color with slight off-white head, and mildly sweet flavor make this beer above average (depending where that bar is set) but not extraordinary.
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks again TikiE. Poures a light reddish color with little to no offwhite head. Aroma is very soft, carbonation is clean. This beer does not taste like 8.3 %. The end is somewhat complex. 11.99$.