Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Brawley’s Beverage in Charlotte, NC. Opened 4/23/11. Pours a clear copper color with a medium creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of earthy notes, toffee, bread and a bit of raisin. The taste is bitter hops, raisins, anise and faint roasted malts. Medium bodied. 100th rating of this beer!
jmagnus87 (2027) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Chuck’s poured into a shaker. Bottle dated 6/12/2011.
Pours a dark amber/light brown. Thick tan head(think Guinness) that is quite frothy and leaves good lacing.
Aroma is quite sweet. Caramel and bready malt. Also a slight hint of doughy yeast.
Taste is lightly sweet, lightly bitter and lightly sour. Has a medium-strong coffee aftertaste to it that gives way to a strongly sweet taste that just sits on the back of your tongue.
Medium-light bodied with a creamy and sticky texture. Very lively carbonation gives way to a long coffee and sweet malt finish.
Overall, its a pretty good beer. Nothing I would seek out on the shelves but something I would drink again if I came across it. If this is your first great lakes experience, go with something different but come back to this one eventually. I remember this one being better last time I had it but it also could have been because it’s been sitting in my fridge for about 6 months.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown wit a thin tan head. Smells of some fruit, toffee, caramel. Tastes lightly spicy with some dark fruit hints and some sweet toffee notes on the finish.
cbfobes (1935) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, pours a clear dark brown with a red hue in the light, slight tan head with some lacing, aroma is of malt with some toffee and coffee, the flavor was mostly of malt and is pretty sweet, I’ve never been a huge fan of this style.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a tan head. Caramel and toffee aroma with light roast and light dark fruits. Caramel and dark fruit flavor with toffee and some nuttiness. Medium-plus bodied. Caramel/toffee lingers with dark fruits.
freezy (55) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2011
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Poured from a bottle into a short rinsed tulip glass. Nice cloudy root beer color. Thin head, little lacing, malt cider smell carried into the flavor, cider, rotten banana, a little alcohol burn. Thin watery mouthfeel. I didn’t enjoy this beer.
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance is dark fuby with some floaters and a tan head. Aroma is faint coffee, chocolate, toffee, and some spice. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, spice, and dark dried fruits. Body is highly carbonated, medium viscosity, and a spicy cloying finish. Overall, sort of ho-hum but pretty decent.
phaleslu (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from The Party Source. Pours a clear, dark copper color with a small off-white ring for a head. Aroma of toasted malts, nuts, earth, brown sugar, rye, and raisins. Flavor of nuts, plums, earth, grapes, toasted malts, and toffee. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a toasty, nutty mouthfeel. Nice American take on the style.
Goodgrief (1733) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lansdale Brew Fest 2011. Dark amber color. Lots of sugar in the aroma. Sweet and malty with caramel and a touch of dark fruit. No off flavors and not OVERLY sugary. A pretty good US take on the style, even if it lacks the earthiness and character of the really good examples.
drewbeerme (3807) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours ruby colored with off white head. A nice looking dark doppelbock. Nose has a nice toasted coconut and nut, caramel, and prune juice. Flavors have prunes with toasted walnuts, toffee, earthy rye and leathery hop notes. While the finish is a bit too bitter, boozy, and bland bread doughy. Body is thin as the palate really falls apart in the middle. Starts off great with a nice looking beer, great aroma, and good start to the flavor profile, but falls short of executing. Americans still have mote work to do with this style, but this is a solid effort.