Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on the 2009 May 1 release of this year’s batch. Peach/copper pour, lovely dense white head. Floral and delicate bread crust aroma. Spicy, refined herbal hops, crisp, firm underlying malt backbone, a bit of plum skin/grape bite in the finish. This is fantastic beer. With 90% or more of the beer I drink and brew being ales, I forget how subtly brilliant a well-crafted lager can be.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with a thin white head. Aroma is caramel, citrus, yeast, lightly hoppy. Taste is toffee with a light hoppiness, light maltiness, and caramel. Good stuff.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 7, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler. Pours amber with an off white/tan head. Aroma is a light citrus hop with pilsner malt. Flavor is light hops, some floral notes, lightly toasted, some malt. Crisp finish.
Gregis (1279) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - MAY 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ the brewpub. Pours a clear amber with a frothy off-white head. It has a fairly muted aroma, primarily of sweet malts (caramel) and a faint fruity hop presence. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and surprisingly creamy/smooth; quite nice. This is a very smooth and well-balanced beer, with the sweetness of the malts perfectly countered by the bittering hops. I was quite impressed with how consistent it was in flavor from start to finish. I look forward to next year’s batch.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sticky sweet and a bit light for the style, but has a nice caramel malt component. Sweet fruitiness, with a bit of chalky bitterness in the mid palate. Overall a decent bock, but like I said could be a little bigger.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler from brewery: Pours an amber red/brown color, decent sized head, white, somewhat diminishing. Very malty aroma, some hops. Malty taste, very sweet, somewat acidic. Nutty, smooth, some citrus. Good session beer.
PhillyBeer2112 (2496) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Releases a modest honeyed aroma at pour. Becomes more bock like, with toasty caramelized malts. Quite attractive too, a glowing copperish amber. Whoa! First taste gives a dry crackly smokines, leafy earthiness, but a sweetish, borderline cloying palate soon appears. Thinnish mouthfeel, if soft, feels naturally carbonated, with a velveteen head. Warming alcohol in the chest arises after about 4 oz.
csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 9, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden color, white head. Nose is malt and some noble hops, maybe a grassiness. Taste is sweet malt with a bit of mild bitterness. Nice mouthfeel. Not really my thing.
KUEric (884) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2005 Dark color, had only a 5oz. sampler at the restaurant. I thought it was quite good. Had a sweetness to it with minimal carbination. Don’t know that I fully understood mouthfeel until this beer...it feels very much at home in my mouth and on the way down, smooth.
Nuffield (3637) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep golden amber hue, deeper than the ESB, with excellent frothing head. Slightly grassy aroma, with caramel and fruit. Earthy and hoppy. Quite astringent to my taste. Not bad; very hoppy for the style?