AleDude (41) - USA - APR 29, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
A nice dark color and aroma was very mild, but almost no head at all. Taste was sweet at first but with a very dry finish. A disappointing bock given the other fine Great Lakes beers.
Beerman6686 (6181) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark brown/ruby red color. Aroma was of lots of chocolate and caramel. Taste was also nice and sweet chocolate, caramel and some nuts. Pretty good.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2007
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brew pub. Cola colored, with a thin head. Not much aroma. Thick and sweet, with a full roasted malt flavor. Finishes a bit long. But, not too cloyingly sweet. Was a little flat.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the brewpub. Aroma: Grainy malt, dark fruits (dried cherries), caramel, and some light spiciness. Appearance: Deep reddish brown in color and clear. Medium khaki head was full and foamy with good retention. Fair lacing. Flavor: Toffee/caramel, grainy maltiness, raisins, lightly toasted nuts, and a bit of a yeast flavor. Some light spicy/earthy hops into the finish that brings some hop bitterness, as well. Finishes medium-dry, but hop bitterness lingers just past the finish. Palate: Medium-high bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall: I’ve had this before and enjoyed it much more than this one. Flavors seemed a little muted and dull. Hop bitterness was higher than I remember, and prevented the beer from finishing as cleanly as it should have.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Brown pour, small white head. Rich, sweet malty goodness. Caramel, slight chocolate, toffee, nuts, with some noble hops in the finish and a spiciness to it. Very smooth and a little too easy to drink at 7.5%
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with tan head. Sweet taste, caramel and slight taste of raisins. Would not think it was 7.5%. Very good.
ExSpectator (65) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at GLBC. Dark brown color. Malty aroma. Flavor is malt, caramel, toasted, and hops in the end.
ClarkVV (5568) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught pint at the brewery on 4/8/06 with SuIIy
Mahogany-butterscotch brown with some deep garnet notes, darker than the picture to the left. Not as much head either, with just a flimsy, off-white head that provides spotty lacing but is poorly retained. Plenty of bubbles in the mostly clear liquid.
Smells like a bock. Authentic lager yeast crispness, with plenty of munich grainy-sourness. Perhaps a brief interlude of plums/raisins and a hint of overly dry black chocolate, but mostly just toffee-caramel, sourdough and yeast biproducts. Strength was rather low as well. Does not invigorate or satisfy so much as it just say, yes, I was made correctly, albeit underwhelmingly so. Or maybe I just want too much from a bock. Anyways, the alcohol is completely unapparent in the aroma.
Flavor was rather simple. Bocky yeastiness, light vinous tones, and a strong, waxing nuttiness of German hops that pepper the sides of the palate lightly with spiciness as the moderate carbonation moves the liquid along qutie efficiently. But it’s too much of an in and out effect, with not much left to ponder, maltwise. Certainly the malt there is very well-extracted, with plenty of dry toffee and sourdough from the munich malt, and even some oily raspberries from the interplay of yeast and toasted malts. Not as burly a texture as I would think it could have for 7.5 percent, though at that abv, I think they should just shoot for a doppelbock. Rather thinned out as it warms and the carbonation loosens. No alcohol apparency in flavor, though.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a growler that my Brother-in-law brought back from the brewpub - Pours a beautiful mahogony color with a slight tan head that fades quickly to a ring and laces from then on. Nice aroma that consists of caramel, toffee, some raisins and just a kiss of chocolate. Flavor is malty as well with much toffee, caramel, and then the fruit comes through raisins, and ripe plums come through. Finish is somewhat dry but a lingering sweetness remains. Gains alot of flavor as it warms. Palate is full and buttery in the mouth but not overbearing. Warming... Nice stuff.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2004
2.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
What aroma? Slight light brown head. Dark golden brown. Color is best part of this beer. Sweet, then very dry. Not overly malty but still malty. Well balanced. As for palate, I don’t like sweet and dry finish, which makes it hard to drink. Overall, not for me. Too malty. Good attempt.