maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle on 10/25/2010. Clear dark amber body with a small creamy off-white head. Sweet fruit, caramel and malt aroma, with light grape hints. Sweet grape flavor with some fruit and caramel. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the AZ Strong Beer Fest, February 2011. Pours a deep mahogany with a thick off-white head. The nose is concord grape jelly, spice and sweet caramel. The taste is spice, dark fruits, grape soda. Medium mouthfeel. Weird beer.
EithCubes (4567) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Rich malty nose a lot like a prime Doppelbock, some beautiful airy caramel with light spice and a little hop prickling, seemingly a little rye, too. Dark amber-chestnut pour with a rocky and everlasting tan head, has great legs and the tiniest bubbles you ever did see. A little grain and more than a little stray alcohol floating around the mouth, has scratchy bitterness on the bottom and muddled toffee from the middle through to the end. Drier but not thin, I guess well-attenuated on account of the grapes? Very light sparkling rock candy sort of tones, hinting at mineral water (has to be Belgian yeast). Medium-full body muddles a bit and slickens the dorsal areas. Pretty safe to say this is an original idea, and its uniqueness aside, it holds up pretty well on the hedonism scale.
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Kind of a reddish pour. Aroma of toffee, grape juice, honey and some golden raisins. Flavor is sweet, malty, caramel, toffee, grapes, kosher grape wine. Weird. Almost good. Almost.
JoeMcPhee (8148) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber pour. The aroma is very sweet and malty. Quite plummy and sweet with a lot of pale malt flavour. It actually doesn’t come across grapey or anything like that. A little peppery booziness across the back of the palate, but it’s still pretty drinkable. Soft palate with a light caramelly sweetness. A little bit of chewiness. The light Belgian yeast spiciness gives a kiss of slightly spiciness as well. All in all, a pretty tasty brew.
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a purplish mahogany color with a big creamy off white head that does not care to stick around very long. The aroma produces a lot of fruity notes (grapes and cherry), with a pleasant sweetness. This bottle caught my attention due to its claim of being “half Dopplebock half Belgian Dubbel”. I have never heard of such a combination so I am intrigued.
Upfront there is a slick caramel toffee sweetness from the malt. I also get notes of figs and prunes. Did I mention that this ale is brewed with All Natural Concord Grape Juice? The grapes steal the show from here, with a flavor reminding me of Juicy Juice. Red grapes provide a very wine like complexity. The finish is really what distinguishes this beer. It is very dry and leaves the taste of grapes lingering around just like any wine would. At moments I forgot I am even drinking a beer. It has a medium body with mellow carbonation, that goes down easily. 8.2% ABV is well disguised.
boFNjackson (4001) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Poured deep, dark near purple with a thin gray head. Nose had some grape soda like tones. Mildly dry, moderate carbonation. Grape notes, slightly bitter. Dark malts and brown sugar sweetness. A little bit of cocoa, and dry yeastiness. Good mouthfeel, but overall lacking.
IrishBoy (3722) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 13, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber from BevMo Salinas. Nose is prunes, wheat with slight banana and cough syrup, and some light breadiness. Cloudy brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is molasses and grapes with a bit of light sweetness and a hint of bitterness.Flavors and aromas just don’t meld together well, lots of them there, but not nice to my senses.
TaktikMTL (5494) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur de raisins avec une pointe de petits fruits et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est brune. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de raisins et de caramel avec une pointe d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement crayeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’houblons en arrière goût. (Rating #3445)
mjg74 (2454) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Very deep amber in color. Spiced Belgian qualities. Pretty sweet with alot of dark fruit and some spices. Good yeasty nose too. Somewhat sweet up front. Tastes much like a dubbel. Spices and dark fruits. Some roasted maltiness as well. A hint of hop bitterness in the finish. I would consider this a to be a dubbel if I were to drink it blind.