Ernest (6746) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot), with notes of bubble gum, butter, candy sugar.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Well, it certainly isnít pale. And it doesnít behave like a Doppelbock. From a blind tasting point of view, this is totally an American strong ale or barleywine, but not even respectable in that light. Bubble gum and diacetyl and tons of sugar-and-caramel. Syrupy sweet with almost nothing to balance. Full Sail must be fans of The Bruery. Pretty much undrinkable, and definitely unenjoyable.
drjay44 (2995) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, ivory head, with some lacing, over a clear dark amber (SRM 17) body....nose is heavy malts, with light raisin, fig, plum, treacle....taste is treacle, raisin, plum, date, sweet until a slightly dry mildly bitter finish....mouth feel medium, slightly sticky, alcohol warmth present, carbonation low. This meets the style quite well. It is paler than many and appropriately lacks the cocoa, chocolate, coffee tones found in the darker versions. There is nice malt complexity with minimal hop presence. It is slightly bitter on the finish, and there are some lite off tones at the very end. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7
pdx77 (1484) - Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 22oz. bottle. Deep copper in color with an almost molasses taste to it. Overall pleasing beer.
SPDickerman (1064) - Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours slightly oily copper with a large off-white yellowish head. Smells AND tastes like an IPA gone bad. I canít say Iím too fond of this one, but Iím not dumping it.
phaleslu (7600) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from the brewery. Pours a clear amber with a medium-sized off-white head. The aroma was all right- chocolate and biscuit malts, nuts, earth. The flavor brought those out more, with some caramel and molasses in the mix. Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a toasty mouthfeel. Solid beer. Interesting choice for an anniversary beer.
Reid (2091) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from "Habits" in S. Salem.
Amber coloured body with a large bubbly light tan head.
Fine chocolaty,creamy, biscuity aromas very pleasant.
Taste is similar to the aroma.milk chocolate and wheat..not much hop..nice stuff
Nice smooth velvety palate.
Very nice drink not sure what category but i liked it
kidmartinek (3832) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is really good. Its a full dark pale color with a pure white head. The aroma is full and balanced trending a little on the malty side but not sweet. Thatís the key. Its very full flavored and balanced with a long bitterness being dominant. Its like a strong Bock thatís got decent bitterness. Awesome.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A good bit of caramel, toasted malt, and not much bitterness or hop flavor - true to the style, though itís not my favorite style. However, it hides the alcohol well - thereís no hint of the 9% in there. That makes it excellent in my book.
legion242 (2336) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a pale golden colour with a thin and wispy head. Nose was bready, but not in a great way. Some spicy elements across the palate had me reminding me of a Trippel.
robforbes (2089) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a semi-cloudy amber with a very small white head, and good lacing.
smell is faint, some malt, and a little roastiness.
taste is of roasted malt, toffee, hops, and a little sweet. ends dry, a little tangy, and somewhat bitter.