superspak (2568) - Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, Winter 2011 vintage. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown color with a small foamy khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a ring of lace instantly. Ni glass lacing, and a fair amount of alcohol legs. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, licorice, dark bread, earth, light nuttiness, wood, and light bourbon. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of malty flavors. Taste of big raisin, prune, dried fruit skin, licorice, toffee, molasses, caramel, toast, dark bread, leather, light nuttiness, wood, light bourbon, and earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, toffee, molasses, caramel, toast, dark bread, leather, light nuttiness, wood, earth, and light bourbon on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of malty flavors; with almost zero cloying sweetness present on the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial bock style. Great balance and complexity of malt flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
LoFi (1592) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with a small beige head.
Aroma: very malty with toffee, dark fruit, light licorice, strawberries.
Taste: malty, licorice, dark and red berries, light sour hard candies, marmalade candies, earthy.
Taste: full bodied, maybe a bit oily.
Heavy and warming.
doboy (419) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark caramel color with no head, no real sign of carbonation. Very fruity and sweet aroma. Allows some light thru the glass. taste isof sweet malt and fruits. Fruity sweet taste with that alcohol warmth in the back of your mouth and throat. nice mouth feel. Wish I had two so I could set one back till 2017!
michaelinwa (590) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with umich03jm. Dark brown pour, big aroma of malt and ripe fruit. Flavor is big malt, without being really sweet, with hints of ripe fruit. I love these malty lagers. Mouthfeel is full but not thick. The finish holds up really well with all the flavors. A really enjoyable doppelbock; my favorite style of lagers. Thanks, Jason.
coldbrewky (1423) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In preparation of the first truly cold day of winter I pulled this 2011 off the shelf last night. heavy pour yields a dark brown body with a dusting of a head that quickly settles to just a ring of light foam about the edgesof the glass. Sip, sip sip, yields a carmel forward big body with central tones of stone fruit (plums mostly) Sweet and a bit cloying. I think I will send Sloth one of these since he is so demanding. Two chapters complete before the ZZZZ monster attacked.
rosenbergh (6709) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 ml bottle. Vintage 2011. From bierkompass.de.
Obviously I’m drinking this too early as it should be bottle conditioned for 5 years. But let’s give it a go. Dark reddish brown colour with small tan head.
Very strong sweet malty aroma with dark chocolate and some caramel sweetness. Flavour is super sweet. Alcohol kicks in quite immediately bringing some berry notes and lots of warmth. This seems to be very strong. This brew is all about the malts. Well this definitely would be Trippelbock (it should be actually Dreifach-Bock) if there was a category like that. Barley Wine? Hmm... ABV? Checked. Maltiness? Checked. Complexity? Hmm... This is quite one dimensional after all. But it’s not bad.
larsga (6184) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small brown head. Hazy deep dark red body. Deep earthy marzipan and toffee aroma with caramelly fruity notes. Deep sweet earthy marzipan and brown sugar taste with toffee and cognac notes. Mid-to-full body, shockingly light for such a strong beer. Mild, slightly hot mouthfeel. Dryish earthy bready marzipan aftertaste with soy sauce and strawberry notes. Lovely! Full of flavour and character, yet extremely drinkable. (0.355l bottle at Schouskjelleren, Oslo.)
crossovert (7328) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
My palate was a bit awry when I tried this. It was too sweet and imposing for me.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2011. Aroma has notes of dark dried fruits, brandy, vanilla, dark bread dough and a little citrus. Dark ruby brown hue with a very small off-white head that fully diminished and left no lace. Flavor is very very sweet and lightly bitter. Palate is very full bodied and very soft. Oily and sticky with a slightly cloying finish. Overall a nice brew that gets more complex as it warms. Nice malty layers and the age has been very good to it. Liked it.
Plovmand (6460) - Helsinge, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear reddish brown with a small beige head. The aroma and flavour is loaded with malt. It could end up being way to sweet but a decent hop profile makes it quite drinkable. Long malty finish.
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