hopscotch (10645) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle... Hazy, medium brown lager with a mid-sized, frothy, beige head. The discreet aroma is lightly acidic and of unidentified dark fruits. Full-bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Sweet, tangy flavor... moderately sweet and somewhat tart with restrained bitterness. Finishes lightly pungent and bittersweet.
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Starch brown sugar coloring. Prominent nutty residue ("a lot of crap in there" as my wife says). rimmed, tan head. Raisin, toffee, caramel with faint vinegar hint. Surprisingly light flavor though black olive pours through. leafy, acorn, date, notes that shift and change by the second. this is a thoroughly confusing, complex and unfortunately unappealing beer. I wouldn’t be surprised to see huge lovers and huge haters of this one
Bov (12007) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 17, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
from crackedkettle.com - hazy ruby-brown colour with a little stable pale beige foam; aroma of yeast, caramel and pear; sweet and overly carbonated; astringent, effervescent caramelish finish
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled (BB 08/2008)
Hazy nut brown color, decent creamy off-white head. Sticky aroma of berries, dark malts and rye. Medium-bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Grainy, sweet and sour flavor. A bit burned malty, almost soy sauce -like. Wheat and rye can be picked from the flavors. Odd sourness makes me wonder if this is infected, but other ratings indicate that this may not be a case. Not my cup of tea.
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0.30l bottle from Amstelveen. Dark brown with red hew. Almost no head, few islands of fermenting yeast were floating on the surface. Aroma is caramel and spice. Taste is combination of sweet and spicy bitterness. My modest nose and tongue could smell and taste some other things but I can’t describe it properly.
Bullit (4460) - Burgos, SPAIN - OCT 31, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear ruby-red colour, small tan head. Aroma of sweet malts and spices. Flavours are bitter, alcohol well present. Has spices and hints of cherry. Mediocre.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark ruby with white chunks of sediment floating around. I guess I poured a bit too much. Nose is kind of musty with a malt tone to it and just a very slight touch of wood. Robust but mild aged dark fruit skins there as well. Flavor is a nice hearty malt with a touch of dark sugar. A little bit of wood. Feel is nice. High carbonation hitting the tongue. Thick liquid feel for sure. Overall this is an unusual bock. At least in comparison to the more traditional styles. I like it, as it is well made. It just isn’t your typical example of the style.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sampled. Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of spices, fruit, and sugar. The flavor is yeast, spices, sweet, sugar, with a sour finish.
thornecb (5543) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep amber into a Stem glass. Tan micro head recedes with no lacing to skim surface. Sweet, fermented pit fruit and alcohol aromas. Creamy and sweet dark caramel. Slight cloying in the finish.
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2007
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
The aroma is pretty nice with raisins, molasses, deeply toasted malt, and soy sauce. The appearance is brown with lots of chunks floating around (not a good sign). The flavor is like the aroma and sweet with a little vinegar and cardboard. The palate is thin but well carbonated. A little oxidized but I don’t think this would be that great fresh.