adamjackson (1315) - Canaan, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky maroon colour. No head. Smells like figs and raisins. Some chocolate / cocoa notes as well. Taste is like candy. Some cloves and coriander. Pepper and other spices. 20% carbonation on the mouth swish.
Lukaduke (1065) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 19, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep burnt umber color with traces of ruby.... nice two finger off white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas are sweet malts mixed with dark fruits, raisin, plum, fig, date.... and a bit of boozy belgian candi sugars as well. On the palate Im getting a lot of dark fruits as well with a sweet toffee and a bit of burnt sugar bitterness on the finish... also lingering in the finish is a lot of medjool date flavor that complements the style well. Wishing I had a little bacon and goat cheese to pair with this one !
7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Puored on tulip. It has a brown amber color but more towards a purple color it develop a massive bubbly head. The body of the beer is clear and really bubbly. The smell is intensive on the dates and lots of sweet aromas such as brown sugar and caramel. The flavor is also very strong, lots of dark fruits and the date itís definitely the main flavor the comes out. The texture on this beer is solid and very oily. Overall an OK beer, at first I drank at a high temperature and it was strong on the flavors which made it slow to drink. 22oz. its too big for a beer brew with date concentrate
reebtogi (3377) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle pours an amber brownish color with decent off-white head that leaves little lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark fruits with some hints of chocolate and mild hops. Taste is malty sweet with the dark fruits and a mild hoppy bitternss. Medium body and moderate carbonation. An interesting doppelbock style beer which is recommended.
superspak (1534) - Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating (some time in 2009 though). Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color with a fairly dense 1-2 finger light khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some slight lacing on the glass. Aromas of plum, fig, date, caramel, molasses, biscuit, toasted malt, nuttiness, light chocolate, clove, and yeast spices. Some nice and well balanced aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of big prune, fig, caramel, molasses, toasted malt, biscuit, chocolate, nuttiness, clove, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, molasses, biscuit, chocolate, and light spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity; with no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Very smooth to drink for 7.8%. Overall this is a very excellent brew from Shmaltz. Nice complexity and balance; and very smooth to sip on. I really enjoyed this one.
iugrad93 (266) - Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown pour with reddish hue. Aromas of malt, bread, and raisins. Taste is sweet, light bitterness, some soy flavor. Overall, nice doppelbock though not my favorite style.
alexanderj (3081) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; poured a dark auburn/ reddish brown with a light tan head. Aroma of dates, dark fruit, caramel, figs, and maybe a whiff of wheat. Flavor was pretty much dominated by the dark fruit. A light touch of alcohol. Moderately sweet with a touch of dryness up front. An ok beer, but not really doing it for me.
badlizard (5169) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Urge. Dark orangish red with a fizzy tan head. Caramel molasses and date aroma and taste with a date bread finish. A bit too sweet overall.
radagast83 (3128) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at ChurchKey. Poured a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma was dates, sweet notes - light malts. Flavor was touch of sour fruit notes - dates, malts. Alcohol really hidden in this one. Was okay.
5000 (5000) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Deep copper, ruby highlights, moderate to large frothy light beige head, fairly nice lacing.
Soft bready nose, a little dark pitted fruit as well as Belgian yeast like qualities.   Smells a little like
a Dubbel mated with a Doppelbock.   Sweet soy sauce on the tongue.   Odd... soy sauce?!   Having a hard
time getting beyond that.   Soy and dark pitted fruit round out the backside.   This one isnít as heavy and
mealy as their other examples, but instead has this odd sweet soy flavor.   Not terribly flattering if you ask me.