tfredvik (1200) - 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 (1416) - 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 (1179) - 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 (1878) - 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 (6077) - 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.
EithCubes (5086) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
500mL bottle, label says brewed in 2012. Nose is heavily caramelized without being brothy, lots of Maillard and brown sugar, dark toffee, and sweet stone fruit in the bg. Super malty, the dessert-type Doppelbock. Deep dark red with a sudsy tan head. Watery body with all the above-named malt developments, clean, and most importantly doesn’t cloy. Hops are very faint, a touch of earth and yeast character but extremely light, and some late-developing raisin/plum, even fainter cherry behind. Lightly crisp, very low bitterness, lots of melding and unity of flavors. Great flavor, very drinkable, well-concealed alcohol, a really, really pleasant experience; if only the body were a bit thicker / more developed!
jfb (4067) - Freising, GERMANY - AUG 4, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(draught) pours a clear deep ruby colour with a frothy beige head. aroma of raisins and cherries, with a hint of roasted malts, some heavy liquorice, caramel and treebark. flavour is mostly dark fruit and some alcohol, with some fruity esters, more roasted malts, hazelnuts, a hint of banana and some light butter in the finish. heavy-bodied with average carbonation.
vanelst (153) - AUSTRIA - JUL 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty aroma, caramel, raisin, plums. Sweet malty taste, but not too much like is often the case with these kind of beers. Some hints of chocolate, dark fruits. Decent.
Quack-Duck (8065) - Down South, GERMANY - JUL 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from Meinl am Graben. Amber golden with a creamy off-white head. Caramel and a touch of honey. Shy hoppy touch with a mineral overall character. Good stuff.
rondphoto (2269) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
@ Sergio’s / Louisville KY --- Clear dark ruby brown with a rim head and tiny swirls of lace. Taste is toasted caramel malt that adds a little prune in the palate before a bit of bitters finishes it off. The overall brew comes off a little flat (= little carbonation), which makes it dull. Close, but no cigar.