bartlebier (2483) - Belchium im Biersgau, - JAN 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle, with helpful flip-top bottle (thankfully).
Unique Doppelbock that pours a solid reddish-brown with a good head. Immediate fumes of its powers are released, some spice, nut not much else in the way of aroma. Medium mouthfeel, dry and slightly sticky palate. Taste is an interesting blend of typical and idiosyncratic Doppelbock notes: roasted malts, marzipan, caramelised fruit, wayward esters, decent hop bitterness somewhere in the mix. Somewhat reminiscent of Gulden Draak, with drier malts and more hops. The alcoholic burn is unmistakebly there though, and at 8.1% I found this quite a heady sipper, not smooth drinking at all (compared to some 9-10 ABV trappists and IPAs) - which is where the helpful flip-top comes in handy.
- May have to revisit later in the season.
Pumpkin87 (102) - - MAY 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours almost clear dark amber with copper red highlights and small dense head that reduces but contributes nice skim and lacing.
Aroma is big roasted malt, with nuts and toffee. On the palate, more nuts, caramel, raisins and bread. But there’s an undercurrent of heat, which surfaces as nice peppery notes but an ethanol, vegetal oiliness that battles the rest of the flavor profile. One sip is smooth and sweetish, the next is hot and slightly sour.
Overall, the good overcomes the bad, but it’s not as well put together as the best bocks.
harrisoni (14856) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Hackerhaus Munich. Clear brown beer. Complex nutty malt aroma you can smell the strength. Strong abv flavour. Some heat some sting on the finish. It doesn’t mess around. Malt bread aroma. It has some toffee in the flavour. Long slow post lunch drink. Yes the peppery finish and solid shiny malts are good.
Calisky (1557) - ALSACE, FRANCE - APR 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur ambrée sombre, légčre mousse beige. Nez caramelisé et fruité (note fruits rouges). Gout malté, fruité (fruits rouges et figues) caramelisé, orge, caramel cuit, note de massepain. Bon corps. Fin assez longue caramelisé. nickel comme doppelbock
allmyvinyl (5764) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours clear orange amber, thin white head. Aromas of honey, light herbal hops, light metallic note. Taste is sweet, fruit cake, warming booze. Oily texture, sweet finish.
ghawener (1519) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - APR 6, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Drank at the Hawener-Sopart reunion Kaffee und Kuchen. Food Pairing: Erdbeertorte
Ernest (6597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (BB June 2015).
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), trace hops (flowers), with a light note of cardboard / walnut shells.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/oily texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Pretty disappointing...almost no aroma, and even a little oxidation despite being 3 months away from the BB date (although it wouldn’t be surprising if they used a one-year BB date, which would be dumb of course). A bit sourish in the mouth too, so this doesn’t have much to offer as-is. Yet another example of why brewers should use *bottling* dates, not BB dates...they are almost always way too optimistic.
alkolord (198) - - MAR 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Leicht rötlich, relativ Gesuchsarm, relativ leichter Körper, süßlich süffig, geht gut
wlajwl (4435) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is caramel, unique graininess and lager yeast. The flavor is caramel, complex grains/malts, mild sweetness and a warming/slightly sour finish. The unfiltered part made it a little different, a very good bock.
LomYst (617) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
headless red ale, candyish aroma with some dark fruits and some maltyness... thickish, sweet, a bit of bitterness in the finish, very low on carbs
superspak (3227) - Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red/copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, apple, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and solid balance of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. A bit too much fruity/ester notes in the aromas. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, light chocolate, plum, fig, herbal, and yeast /toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, plum, fig, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice doppelbock style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.