hopscotch (10658) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Hazy orange ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. Nice nose of toffee, pear, spices and overripe banana. The flavor is all about malt and fruit. Sticky, sweet toffee and overripe, underripe, sliced, diced, spiced and peeled fruit. The relatively high abv is obscurred by my overwhelmed palate. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Finishes spicy, sweet and then fairly dry. Very spendy at $15 per bottle.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 mL, snifter. The cork released with a disappointingly soft pop. A shy, fizzy head rests on a deep amber brown beer. Aroma of toffee, banana, clove, corn and overripe peaches. Extreme sweetness up front, with the addition of a soft spiciness in the finish. Medium-full body with an oily texture and soft carbonation.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Pours deep brown with a tan head. Flavor is spicy alcohol with malty sweetness. Palate was a little watered-down.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazed vermillion, thick cocoa-tan head, long-lasting. Essential, classic look for a bock of any standing. Nice, so far.
Aroma is smooth and sweet, associations first of nuts, toffee and malt, then spices, cloves and more. Uplifting, vivacious, and nearly ethereal. Nice, again.
Tastiní it: dark and fuzzy on the palate, but sweet and clean thereafter. Rich and caramel-y, with a nutty snap. Very tasty. Chocolatey. Have I said "yum" yet?
Very lively in the mouth, yet it fades off, as all good things must, alas. But while it does reside among the senses, it a bounty of delights.
Full bodied, lovely, flavorful texture, delicious finish, long and malty-sweet.
Another good dog!
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark brown that is red when held to the light. and a fluffed creamy eggshell head. an earthy aroma that reminds me of tilling a garden. some nice aromatic spices mix well in the nose with some oatmeal cookie airs. wow, this is a sweet little bastard. banana creamsicle with more banana pudding and an assload of caramel and toffee with some vanilla. somehow it is still drinkable. i donít think iíve had a non fruit beer this sweet that i was able to drink let alone enjoy. this is not going to be a favorite but it ainít bad. i would buy another to split with someone but not another for just myself. leaves a thick oily mouthfeel i keep imagining jello brand banana pudding when i drink this the caramel flavor stays around in the finish.some cocoa flavor emerges as it warms. an interesting beer i would have shared with tannertavernboys(eric) if he had not wrecked his car in st louis yesterday. i hope you are still doing well besides that, this beer is in memory of your brand new car, and your future brand new car, Cheers!
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of spice and sweet malts. Brown body with a tan head on the second pour from bottle. Had a spicy pepper flavor at first that I didnít really care for. Iím no expert here but Iím guessing a malty backbone equalized the flavor out to make a decent beer. Had an alcohol warming feel that was not overwhelming. This one may be a bit overpriced at 15 bucks.
JPDIPSO (5673) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
LIght chestnut to mahogany color with a head that moderate beige head that needed coaxing (not a good sign in my mind for the style). It settles quite quickly to a small lid and leaves dots of bubbles, not really lace. Actually an interesting nose. Caramel and bananas, milk chocolate, Mild citrus and touch of cloves. Has some dubbel qualities. Sweet caramelized sugar hit the tongue running. Ok Iíll bite, they are off the leash! Lots of wheat sweetness and pale malts in the background. Somewhat syrupy in texture. Some spicy hops and yeast character comes in mid to late quaff. Seems to warm the stomach quite well. Strings of white yeast came out with the last pour, and I shall refrain from going any deeper as I donít think most could swallow the description. This is a decent brew, but only a medioCUR weizenbock.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750-ml. bottle. Clear, translucent and scarlet-copper in color with bubbles clinging to the insides of the stem glass and three bubble cloisters on the top. Consecutive pours produce a thin, foamy tan head. Aroma procures cloves, pepper and caramel, along with a hint of orange zest and banana wafts to further entice. Ripe liquidity. Maple syrup oozing into fried bananas joins a prominent peppered spice to achieve a technocratic arrangement. Faint interweaving dactylic alcohol. Enforcing sweetness underlines the bock signatures, patrolling the palate with toffee, caramel apples and brandy alexanders. Curdling prune juice and apple Fig Newtons on the underbelly. Flavor seems to draw back slightly each time as itís close to reaching its zenith. Sweet, viscous and jovial on the palate. Seemingly balanced but the symbiotic relationship isnít quite secured. Finishes like a caramel apple sundae, nutty cigar wrappers and pepper. A young rookie in a league of gentlemen. Cellaring for a few seasons will likely elevate its performance.
DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
seriously overpriced beer. $15 for 750ml.
Its good, but Three philosphers is better for half the price.
Iíd call this an elitist status beer for suckers.
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromatic notes of clove, plum and apple waft to my nose as I pour this beer into my glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, brown-amber color when held up to the light; otherwise it is an opaque, dark purple-brown color. The head is frothy and a pale amber color. The aroma is definitely clove like and also has a tart fruity component to it that reminds me of plums plus notes of figs and prunes. At the end a bit of banana comes through in the nose as well.
The taste is sweet and smooth up front, it finishes with a bit of spiciness and a strong banana cream note. This is a pretty rich beer and a 750ml bottle is definitely a pleasurable endeavor for the night. The finish has a smooth creamy, mouth-coating feel to it, but mixed in is a bit of spritzy carbonation and a spicy, peppery, almost ginger like note. There is also a hint of dark malt in the finish; a bit of burnt raisin, perhaps a hint of chocolate and a slight roast grain astringency.
This beer is quite good, as with the other beer in this series; I am quite impressed so far by the beers in the Wild Dog line-up. Banana cream is definitely a good descriptor for this beer, though there is a definite clove note here as well as other spice notes. As the beer warms up the chocolate note begins to pick up a bit; add a splash of chocolate to that banana cream please. There is a slight tart note here which adds to the drinkability of this beer. If I had to complain, this is indeed quite tasty, I would wish for a bit more malt complexity; this is quite nice as is though.
<font size=-4>Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson, AZ<font size=-1>