8balls (12) - Winston-Salem, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a real good brew with a flavor thatís unfamiliar (thank goodness).It doesnít taste like a beer that Iíve had previously, but it still maintains that doppelbock style. There is a sweetness to it thatís not overbearing, but itís definitely prevalent. I can see how this flavor may not be for everyone, but it certainly works for me. Itís very smooth, and the notes become louder as it acclimates to room temp. Iím real impressed at the woods used in the aging process (always refreshing to have something different than oak), and I believe it really helps in the development of the flavor. Even though this is a beer that hangs its hat on the wood aspect, I donít think it tastes woody (hmm, right word-??). I missed Plank I, but Iím looking forward to Plank III after enjoying this one.
AirForceHops (2560) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Hampton Falls Village Market. Damn near black in color with a whisper of head. Nose is light notes of roasted grain and coffee. Flavor is hints of coffee, lager yeast, molasses and very weak subtle wood flavors. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy without any notes of alcohol tones. A slight herbal notes. Really easy to drink and pretty well crafted. If you have a bottled in the cellar, you may want to drink now, something is telling me itís starting to fall off.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown, like liquid treacle, under a soft woodsy head which fades into a broken bubbly layer that clings desperately to the sides of my glass. Swirls with not lace.
Burnt generic sugars along with maple and treacle. Singed woods, rustic. The bitterest purest dark cacao. Black strap molasses and black root. Nutty bitter apple seeds. Charcoal and cinders in the back.
Medium weight and clean mouthfeel carries the flavors smoothly across the tastebuds. Burnt sugars are the glue that hold everything together Ė treacle and maple. Apple skins and burnt wood in the back swallow. Black strap molasses underneath. Nice chest warming quality thanks to the higher ABV. Tobacco leaf in the breath. Boozed prunes lead into boozed maraschino cherries in the middle.
Quite an intriguing doppelbock. Rustic, almost smoky, and meaty with leanings towards the finest barrel aged rums. Rich and relaxing and I wish I had more.
zgaier (1154) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head and aroma of caramel and malt. Taste is of caramel, bread, malt, and nuts with a malty, light fruity finish. Hides the alcohol well and solid for itís style
jjgmd (1189) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Nose is malty, with slight alcohol and wood. Taste is malty with some alcohol, some grain and wood. Finish is short and dry. Fair at best, not a real lager lover. Quaff Score 6 / 10
fluffy (1245) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
a dark mahogany ale, with a dark roasty nutty taste and a bit of a woody background. mildly oily finish with a creamy note. not bad.
drowland (5890) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
4/10/13. 22oz bottle from somewhere in Albany, GA awhile back. Warehouse, maybe? Deep red brown pour with a small tan head that fades to a small ring. Rich malty aroma with lots of caramel and sweetness with some wood. The flavor is much the same with lingering wood and dryness. Not bad.
HourGlass13 (20) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice dark brown pour. The aroma hits on roast, caramel, and a little natural earthy tone. Very rich and malty. Taste has a slightly sweet finish. Very easy to drink with no after taste.
drsordr (832) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour. Nose of caramel and biscuit. Taste of sweet malt, tannin from the wood. No bitterness and some sweet aftertaste.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Clear dark brown pour with a mid-sized, creamy, lightly tanned head. Decent retention. The aroma offers cocoa and toasted nuts with undercurrents of earthy wood and Olorosos sherry. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. The flavor is a blend of roasted wood, toasted nuts, chocolate and caramel malts with a small splash of Olorosos sherry. Finishes lightly sweet and a touch minerally.
jrob21 (2285) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from greens. Chewy grain red fruit and raisin flavors dominate. No idea what eucalyptus should taste like so donít ask me how that plank treatment is tasting. A well rounded drink either way.