TomDecapolis (4221) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at IH Wilm. Pours a deep chestnut with amber notes, smaller bubbly tan head that left some lace. Aroma of molasses, chestnuts, light smoke, caramel, plums, dark fruits, banana, toffee, chocolate and a little earthy. Flavor of plums, sweet toasted malt, almonds, toffee, caramel, cereal grains, light alcohol and a bunch of dark fruits.
Swolf3 (261) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Iron Hill Newark. Poured dark red in color with small head. aroma is candy sugar and dark fruits. Taste is very sweet with a nice touch of smoke with an alcohol finish. Well balanced and easy to sip on. Enjoyed.
GMCC2181 (1424) - Newark, Delaware, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Newark. Poured into a thistle glass at the bar. Small head. A dark ruby red color. Nice sweet aroma of candy sugar, figs and some other dark fruits. Taste was intially candy sweet and alcohol, but there is a nice touch of dark fruits and some smoke in there. Texture was above average, almost a thin syrup. Yet, still easy to drink. I knew it was a strong beer but would of never guessed it to be 13.2 percent.... They hid the alcohol well. Good beer by IH. Worth seeking out. Once again I hate the price tag on it ($13) but it did come with some pretty nifty Three-D glasses! Good triple-bock
egajdzis (4893) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2012 [Draft @ Phoenixville] Poured a mahogany brown color with a small, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, raisins, dark fruits, oak, and a bit of smoke. Taste of molasses, raisins, brown sugar, roasted malts, chocolate, dried fruits, a bit more smoke, and a sharp alcohol bite in the finish.
DocLock (6774) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle and draft from IHP. THis one weigh in at 14.6 (or 14.8, not sure)% ABV as per the menu. Ratings from bottle with additional remembrance of the draft offering to form a bit of a composite, as such. The pour (into a snifter) is deep black with very little light through and a 1-finger off-tan head that dissipates quickly. Nose is oaky spirity dark malt, heavy figgy fruit, molasses, peaty notes, and dark chocolate. Nose reminds me of Westy 12 mixed with Sam Adams triple bock in a 3-1 ratio. The flavor is very malty, very thick, yet not cloying at all, with a heavy note of molasses, bourbony, oaky dark malt, figgy, plummy, and blackberry fruits, and some finishing dark chocolate. Fairly sweet, per se, with a lot of figgy fruity, peaty, spirity, oaky, bourbony notes mixed with an overall dark choclate element that balances well with the overall profile. The palate never waters out at all in spite of the hefty 14.5+% ABV of this one. This beer is world class, and inarguably the best triple bock I have ever had. I bought two bottles, and it saddens me that many of these bottles will be whored out by the eBay scumbags out there. In summary, this beer kicks major ass, but is not for lightweights. In the words of BBB63, "Get ya some, and do it now, punk!"