RexTalionis (2788) - FINLAND - FEB 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Mahogny ruby in color with an off-white head. Nuttyness, caramel sweetness, dark bready and fruity sweets too in aroma. Raisins and plums meets toffee and dark bready pumpernickel in taste. Even a bit dry in the end.
Douberd (2816) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Hofstettner Granitbock) Bottle 330 ml at home, thanks to Sebilinz! Served into a dimpled mug, ABV 7.3%
Brown coloured body with a tall and very thick beige head. Very good retention. Light lacing on the glass.
Aroma has notes of chocolate at first, they quicly fade away and they’re replaced by aromas of red and dark fruits.
Taste of prunes, light chocolate, some metallic notes on the finish, sugar.
Medium body, carbonation on the high side.
omhper (20326) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, thanks sebilinz! Hazy mahogany colour, rich firm head. Floral nose with notes of raisin. Dry with medium-full body and firm, soft mouthfeel. Elegant, non-sticky, firm malt. Some bread and notes of dates and grass. Mildly warming finish with low bitterness. Wonderful malty beer!
lusikka (6687) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught @ Tap-House, Munich. Pours a deep red colour with a small head. Aroma of toasted malts, bread and some earthiness. Flavour of bready malts, some berries, grassy bitterness, sweetness and some earthiness. Medium bodied. Good.
dEnk (4097) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home. Aroma is caramel, fruity notes, some raisin, yeasty notes. Flavour is light sweet of caramel, fruity notes, raisin and more. Hint of liquorice. Okay.
tfredvik (1253) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not surprisingly, this is a sweet and malty one without much influence from the hops. Strong aroma of malt extract, dark caramel, brown sugar, burt sugar, sweet dark dried fruits, also fainter notes of chocolate and it feels slightly vinous. The strong flavour follows the malty aroma, but with a tad more of the dark dried fruits, there’s quite much raisins in here to back up the malt extract and caramel. Quite heavy sweet taste and a bit more bitterness that I feared. It still gets almost a bit cloyingly sweet, even though it dries up a bit in the finish. Full body, smooth texture, rather soft carbonation.
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 2 years before BB date, from KaDeWe Berlin, courtesy of my mother in law]
GothGargoyle (1511) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rusty brown with a small pale head. Aroma is brown sugar, caramel, grain, honey. Medium bodied, sweet on the palate with a lightly grainy aftertaste. Taste is caramel, honey, grain.
tnkw01 (1250) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A nice amber brown. One of my favorite styles. Aroma is fruit cake, candy corn. Taste is caramel, dried fruit.......tasty.
minutemat (1960) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle, thanks to Geiserich! Pours very dark brown with tan head. Has quite a strong plummy aroma. Taste is rich malts with chewy dark fruits and a warming alcohol character. Some faint marzipan and honey coming through. Not generally my cup of tea, but it’s alright.
slowrunner77 (6286) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A little too sweet and oddly boozy to be a favorite, but the sweet bready malt backbone was nice enough. Aroma and flavor also has some ripe fruit. It was a huge gusher, so no bonus points there. A one timer at 4.50 when Celebrator is cheaper and much much better.