DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Mondial 2009.
Aroma of roasted malt, lots of coffee too, deep auburn, small toffee head. Taste is tangy malt, roasted nuts, burnt toast. Medium bodied, full flavoured, bitterness is wild. Terrific!
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Chocolate and Munich malts galore form the base of this healthy cereal celebration, also developing toasted bread and caramel-coated raisins for this most satisfying Doppelbock.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the dark brown with mahogany edges.
-Carbonation is rather soft and the body quite full, making for a nourishing mouthfeel.
-The underlying fruitiness is also redolent of dried cherries.
-Malts in a Fujizakura beer are always beautifully expressed, it seems.
From the bottle at the Mondial de la Bière.
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark black with no head. Aroma is malt, alcohol, metal, roasted malt and hops. Flavor is sweeter than expected with the aroma with a touch of corn and rice.
omhper (19976) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Popeye, Tokyo. Dark mahogany colour, small head. Estery roasty oily nose with caramel dominating later on. Rather sweet, medium to full bodied with rounded, dense mouthfeel. Fairly low bitterness. Good, but not the best offering from Fujizakura.
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - MAR 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Craft Beer Bar...colour was pitch black with a creamy off white head. When I saw other people drinking this at the bar, I thought they were drinking stouts! Slight smell of caramel, burnt sugars, some floral hints. Taste was smooth and creamy and the finish was out of this world; certainly highlighting all the right aspects of a spring bock beer and adding their own little crafty touches (some vanilla in the finish). Very enjoyable.
KyotoLefty (6739) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Barley in Nishinomiya, March 2008.
Rich and rather complex bock. Black, rather fragrant, with well-roasted malt similar to a stout. Rather sweet with caramel, raisins, and chocolate, but with coffee too. Nice, but more roasted than a bock really should be. Nice enough, though.
thebeertourist (4904) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 6, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Bicke, Kichijoji, Tokyo. Almost black with a decent creamy tan head. Roasted molasses aroma. Rather sweet, but with some offsetting roast. Good, but the beer does not take off.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled @ GJBF Yokohama: Dark amber, nice tan head, nose of sweet plum and hop. Clean full sweet malts. Nice light alcohol, sweet tail. Nice.
Capa (2031) - Manama, BAHRAIN - SEP 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ GJBF 2007. Enjoyable aroma of roasted sweet malts, some fruit, cocoa, and molasses. Flavor is a little more roasted than the aroma, nice molasses, cocoa, fairly malty, and raisins. Some alcohol in the finish. A very nice offering.
asheft (2553) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[on tap in Tokyo somewhere]
Rich malty aroma that is not melanoidiny or pumpernickely like other non-German bocks. Clear, tawny brown. The flavour captures the bock maltiness common in this style quite nicely, with very gently hops flavour and only a very slight bitterness. Delicate walnuty finish. Medium body with nice lacing and low carbonation.