frankenkitty (1958) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appeared a mahogany/ blood red with a cream-colored ring. Aroma is BIG alcohol and BIG malts, with the esters being a bit overbearing. Full-bodied, the flavor starts with an overage of sweetness moving to a dry finish with light, bitter hops. Flavorful enough, but it comes across as a "get-drunk-quick". (Sampled directly after the brewer as he tapped a fresh batch.)
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StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clybourn. Semi-translucent and ruby-chestnut brown in color with a creamy tan wrung around the rim. Aroma showcases the sweeter natures of the doppelbock, with mild chocolate, spilt on cardboard, modestly toasted pecans, English toffee and distant caramel-dipped apples. Wholesome flavor ensues with cocoa and a scratchy caramel-cast, blanketing web. Pecans taken straight from the aluminum tin. Alcohol isnít masked by much - itís just confident in its ability to humbly annihilate. Pepper, mulled prunes and cider interact with subtle cinnamon and stagnant, errant nuts. Full-bodied, encasing warmth and chewy, chocolatey toffee. Everything is a solitary genius, but itís not quite harmonious. Slightly flame licked and fully cased pecans dashed with cocoa powder are most prevalent in the finish. This one was a long time coming, and it didnít disappoint.
Maverick34 (1909) - New York, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at blind tiger. Poured dark w/ smallish head. Malt chocs etc. Taste is sweeter.
zdk (1788) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap @ blind tiger: not sweet enough for a bock, IMO. overattenuated maybe. Just dry and some astringency. Not getting chocolatey character from this one.
JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Clybourn brewpub. Dark garnet with impressive tan head. Light hop & chocolate malt aroma, with bits of bittersweet chocolate and green grape. Bitter coffee flavor is not overpowering, and finishes malty sweet and alcoholic. Very rich with many stout like flavor qualities.
rubbishystuff (1688) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another quality product from Goose Island. Somewhat complex, a little spicy. Dark and lovely. Serving: Tap
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Clybourn. Dark brown color with a off white head. Very sweet from all the malt, a little bit of caramel. Light fruit sweetness. I almost thought it had a little smoke flavor as well. I didn’t sense so much chocolate.
ryanfolty (1674) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
May 11, 2013 - tap at GI 25th anniversary party. Brownish red pour with big head. Aroma and taste were sweet malty.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught [2003 version]: arrived in a snifter with a brilliant ruby-black body and a generous dark brown-bubbled head. (It also arrived freezing cold, but I had time to wait this one out . . . and boy, was it worth it). Stunning aroma: soft milk chocolate, raisins, roasty nuts, sweet caramel, and some light mocha. Simply amazing mouth-feel; soft, creamy and full. Great chocolate malt flavour along with roasted hops, plums, chewy raisins, and thick caramel add up to one of the finer Goose Island offering I have had.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with hints of deep ruby sparkling beneath the creamy, off-white head. A rich, pleasant aroma of dark, ripe fruits, fresh dough, cocoa powder and a touch of hops. Full and deliciously thick mouthfeel. A wonderful flavor profile that shows strong malt character. Plenty of fruit, nutty caramel, chocolate and a light smoke character towards the end. This is one fine example!