KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
8/05/02: Light aroma blend of flowers, hop buds and alcohol...Color is pretty honey-gold with relatively light but lacey head. Flavor is lightly sweet with hop bitters racing along sides of palate--a bit of a tang accompanies all. Finish is light and fairly clean, leaving trace dryness behind...and evidence of that demon alcohol! Despite the high ABV rating, this feels quite light-bodied--one could easily guzzle several of these down on a warm day on the patio. Personally, I wish the bottom-end flavor had a little more bloom to it, but this is smooth, refreshing, very drinkable, and it DOES have that little kick to it! Re-Rate 9/12/02: Aroma almost non-existent this round (even though it was served relatively warm). However, I liked its overall balance a bit better...it has just a touch of spice to the flavor and finish that adds a little extra warmth to its alcohol kick.
Panzuriel (1242) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting deep golden beer. Like a german pilsener sorta. Very light and citrusy with a hint of sweetness. Good texture and nice and full flavored. Very good, but not as bock-esque as I had imagined.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pouring the color of old gold, this beer has a rocky head and an interesting winey nose (Vionier). Big malt andbread mouthfeel with a good dollop of alcohol and a fair hop kick. As it warms a definate wine charactor develops in the finnish.
Braudog (5453) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2007 The perfect amber color. Creamy mouthful. Nice smooth malty flavor with a slight aftertaste that barely lingers with a hint of tartness. Agree with the previous reviewer that the beer doesn’t taste of its high alcohol. In my opinion, a superb beer.
uglybastard (101) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 13, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber in color with a slight head. Has a sweet, almost candy-like smell. The taste promises bock, but never quite delivers. Nice malty sweetness that is not very dominate at all. Hops lingers ever so slightly.
Ernest (6010) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught. Light yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted light bread),
lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly
acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium
body, creamy texture, soft carbonation.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 2, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This isn’t anything I’ll go out of my way to get or anything, but I have to say that for a 7.5% alcohol beer, it is exceptionally smooth and light in color. Spicy, slightly sweet in smell and flavor.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAY 27, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had a few bottles of this today. This brew pours a clear medium copper. The large firm off-white head is as stiff as meringue, but doesn’t last nearly as long. Lacing is fair. The faint nose is mostly flowers, resin, smoke, spices, alcohol and toasted malt. The warm sweet flavor is fruity and spicy with an average malty finish. The brew has a medium body with a creamy soft texture, and an alcoholic feel to the finish.
rich42 (128) - USA - MAY 24, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
perhaps my favorite beer that comes in a 6-pack.
I’m a major bock fan - and I’d contend that this is a real one. Light in color - but the body is full. A little malty sweetness - but it’s well balanced by the hops - result is fairly crisp.
Almost like a barvarian pilsner with 50% more malt.
I’ve found if you have it ice cold it tastes a bit citricy - I recommend letting it warm up a little.
Normally have it in the bottle - but the few times I had it on tap was excellent.
ucsbdude (68) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - MAY 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Went to the brewery in San Diego and sampled them all.Very smooth with a nice malt flavor.Can’t taste the alcohol, so be careful!