BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Crosling. Poured a muddy brown color with some crimson highlights and an inch thick off-white head that slowly receded to a thick bubbly layer and left some spots of lacing. Aroma of caramel, English toffee, brown sugar, a light fruitiness (red berry and apple), and a bit of alcohol. Smooth, sweet entry with hints of caramel and brown sugar lead into a moderately sweet fruity character (berry and grape) with some soft undertones of chocolate that finishes lightly dry. Low carbonation and a thick, full mouthfeel. While not overly complex, I thought this was a pretty enjoyable. There was a soft tartness, which seemed out of place, so I would drink it sooner rather than later.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pros: Properly carbonated. Long lasting head. Well hidden alcohol. Seems well balanced and has some complex malt notes.
Cons: Nose only shows trace elements, maybe some dough, brown sugar, toffee. Flavor has nice balance, but could be more vibrant, layered and complex. A touch sour as well.
garthicus (2755) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
With thanks to HogTownHarry, shared with Blankboy & I. Appearance: Golden brown with no real head, tiny flecks. Aroma: Quite boozy, some wood, sugar, slight sourness, malt and fruit. Flavour: Wow, took me by surprise, bitter, lemon and alcohol, some gin notes, lots of pine, caramel, sticky mouth feel, serious alcoholic lemon finish.
HogTownHarry (6136) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy and garthicus, via trade with glouglouburp. Unknown vintage. Hazy-cloudy deep amber, smallish creamy-frothy off-white head. English Old Ale-ish aroma - alcohol, wood resin, slightly sour, a bit nutty ... very malty and strong. The taste is sweet raisiny malt in the background, with a strong overlay of booze and sour wood resin - Paul says "sour apple" and I can see that, almost a sour apple jack character. Sugary mouthfell, slick, astringent, a little acidic, weak carbonation and a long boozy finish. Puts me in mind of many of those 250ml corked Gales strong ales from England. Interesting - maybe it could have aged a few more years?
rederic (3156) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, copper color, with a beige head, falling quickly, leaving a ring of foam, with a wet winey fruity nose of raisins, plums, figs with some toasty, caramel malt, toffee accents, with a sweet brown sugar alcoholic aroma follows through on a full-bodied palte with a sweet toasted, caramelized malt, winey, fruity character of raisins, figs and plum juice, with a hint of green molasses, with some toffee, fruit cake flavors, and a faint flowery hop leafiness, leading towards a super malty, fruity, warming finish.
blankboy (6359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12oz) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a murky dark amber with tons of tiny floaties and a small somewhat-lasting off-white head. Aroma of light sour apples first followed by toffee, caramel malt, some alcohol, fruity wine and brown sugar -- I quite like it. Flavour of caramel malt, toffee and alcohol along with some mild sourness and dark fruit. Alcohol’s there but well hidden for 13.5%. Medium to full bodied. Not amazing but I like it.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy hopscotch. Pours a deep reddish brown color with a small, foamy tan colored head that leaves rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is really nice and rich with a big chocolate and cocoa malt base to go with toasted caramel and roast. The flavor follows with nice roasted flavors of chocolate, toffee, and nougat. Some dark fruits show through adding depth and earthy hops lending bitterness on the backend. Medium full bodied and really smooth and easy to drink with a nice roasty finish. Really nice doppelbock.
Lothore (573) - California, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- Pours a deep, dark crimson with very little if any head.
S- Smell is very rich and enticing. Caramel, dark fruit, very malty, hard to detect any hop notes.
T- Deep and malty, raisins, creamy all the way through. The lack of hops make the deep sweetness a little overbearing.
M- Thick and sticky with very little carbonation.
D- This is the perfect sipper if your looking for a malty treat, it might be a little too sweet for some.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy hopscotch. Pours a hazy looking, rusty reddish brown color. A really nice, foamy, creamy head of tan foam shows nice retention. Thin rings of lacing break apart into thick, leggy drips that coat the glass nicely. The aroma shows a beautifully dark and fudgy cocoa malt base, with heaps of nougat and darkly toasted toffee there for support. Roast comes through in the form of chicory, with earthen hops lending bitterness. Dark raisin adds a touch of fruity sweetness. Flavors follow suit, deliciously roasty with big cacao nib, fudge, toffee and nougat all again showing through. Earthy dark fruits lend complexity. The palate is medium-full and smooth as silk, with a warming finish that really matches the roast nicely. Kuhnhenn is hit or miss, but this is one of their winners. Very good.
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz Bottle. 7-08. Noses throws up a puckery caramel apple and toasted raisin bread. Spicey, fig-loaded and fresh. Warms alcohols sprinkle the sensory with intoxicating wafts of warm places. This is starting off as the perfect beer for a cold, winter night. Pours a lightly hazed clear solid amber, with orange fringes and a swirl in white. Flavor heads a little downhill, with some supremely sour and puckery malt and then a ton of dry, sourdough pretzel character. There’s a lot going on here, but not much of it is that exciting. Strong raisins and fig alcohols clash with a bit of dying tangy malt and then a swift kick of confused, aged hops. I dunno, it’s not that bad, but it’s definitely got a very strong signature of old, overly strong, poorly bottled Kuhnhenn. It’s funny though, this time it’s not quite the same or as overbearing. This time, it’s a vinous, mature contribution that keeps it alive. It’s not too far over the hill. On the back end are some fleeting nice edges of almond, roasted pork loin, and crispy rosemary toast.Opening up, this beer develops some jammy fruit in the finish, a bit of complex grain, and some nice ihop figures. However, In the end, it just doesn’t strike me as overly complex. Thanks Sean!