SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks for the opportunity to try this great beer!
A-Body is a transparent very dark mahogany color.Pours with a 1/2 finger foamy off-white head. When held up to the light one can see the transparent dark red hues shining through.
S-Nose is on the sweet side with a thick molasses coming through first. This is followed by caramel, toffee, a hint of chocolate, and alcohol.
T-Sweet molasses, caramel, and toffee are upfront with a nice smooth malty backbone. The finish intensifies the initial flavors and adds a big alcohol heat to the mix. What lingers is sweet molasses, a hint of caramel, and a big alcohol heat.
P- Low to medium carbonation and somewhat thick body.
O- This is a great beer and reminds me more of a Scottish Ale than a dopplebock because of its heaviness, heat, and sweetness. The 13% definitely contributes to the nose but isn’t overpowering. What was surprising to me about this brew is that the alcohol only adds a nice warmth to the overall flavor rather than astringency. A very nice touch. This makes me want more from Iron Hill.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-04-2009 05:01:59
Dorwart (2498) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle about a year or so old now. Thin light orange head of fine bubbles that dissipates quickly. Rich malty and sweet aroma. Some dark fruit (raisins), brown sugar, caramel and molasses invite you to take a sip. Color is a cloudy and murky dark crimson brown. Big sweet flavor but oh so delicious. Lots of raisins, prunes, a touch of anise and more liquid caramel. Slick and oliy in the mouth and coats the entire inside of the mouth as you swallow. Hides its alcohol pretty dang well for a 13% brew. Finishes sweet and oily and last for a long time. A fantastic sipping brew and one that I hope they make again. A grand experience.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The label starts to look 3D even without the glasses as you get to the bottom of the bottle. Poured a clear deep brown-red color with an off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma. Caramel with light alcohol fumes. Sweet malty flavor. Caramel, dark fruit, raisins, toffee and sugar. Full bodied and very warming. Sticky.
riversideAK (6040) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iron Hill Triplebock - tons of raisins in the nose. More dark fruit, chocolate, and alcohol. Sweet and lightly oxidized. Muddy brown pour no head. Sweet prune and raisins, brown sugars, warming alcohol.soft carbonation. One of if not best db I ever had. Big malty body but clean finish. 9 4 8 4 16
JohnnyJ (5295) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted from bottle at SD Strong Ale Fest 09. Brown cola pour. Roasted malts, caramel, dark fruit, nuts, and bread. Hides the abv pretty well, nice beer.
KimJohansen (10409) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown with a tiny beige head. Aroma was sweet with roasted malt and plums. Flavour was sweet with roasted malt, caramel, ripe fruits and plums. Finished sweet and had warming alcohol.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
13 oz. corked and caged bottle with a 3-D ram label, complete with the old school red and blue film glasses with the stylish cardboard frame. Aged in the bottle about a year. This is one of the coolest packages I’ve ever seen on a beer. A vigorous pour yields a thick, cloudy, burgundy to mauve colored body with a thin layer of smooth, tan foam. Fat, wet spots of lace slowly meander back down towards the body, displaying their hefty viscosity all the while. The nose resonates with sweetness, notes of burnt honey and scorched caramel showing amidst an onslaught of dark, malty fruits, including loads of fig, dark raisin, dates, and prunes. A slight hint of cocoa lends just a touch of chocolate roast, while hints of boozy vanilla and appropriate oxidation add a layer of complexity. The flavor is massively fruity, again showing a diverse blend of stewed raisins, figs, and various other sweet, dark fruits. Cocoa brings in an earthy element, while a dark honey component adds a booziness reminiscent of Empire Royal Mead. Traces of molasses even bring in a touch of smoke. Oxidation again shows on the warming finish, which lingers in the throat for a good while. The palate is full and sweet, initially sticky, ending with a slightly chalky sensation that reduces the cloying feel to a manageable level. Overall, this is a mighty fine after dinner or dessert brew. Far too big for everyday drinking, it’s something I’d gladly split with a friend or two on rare occasion. As an aside, this brew makes for a killer companion for chocolate or vanilla ice cream in a float!
bvc (1230) - Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml corked and caged from riversideak. Slightly murky cola color with a thin ring of a head. Sweet fig, chocolate, roasted peat with a touch of hickory smoke and some kind of jamminess with warmth from the abv going on. Sweet smokey candied pecan, dried cherry, dark sweet bread, cola, prune, raisins...really smooth for the abv. Man, this isn’t a style I seek out but this is awesome! Thanks Alex.
3fourths (8986) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dense burgundy color, cloudy, unfiltered, thin tan ring of carbonation on top. Rich and malt-forward nose, dominat notes of toffee, brandy and honey. Full bodied, syrupy and thick, overly sweet, excessive sugar but it balances well with the body and present itself as a dessert sipper. Alcohol not dominant at all, rare to find in these days of super-alcohol mess-terpieces.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a tan, dissipating head. Smells of wine, oak, dry malt, chocolate, earthy, earthy. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, molasses. Alcohol is masked well on this one.