lushawn (2645) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at brewpub. pours a reddish copper hue with barely any head. notes of brown sugar, spices, caramel. bozzy, but still quite drinkable. nice body. curious about this beer with some age on it.
robinvboyer (2576) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a beast! LOADS AND LOADS of sweet bready malts. But i fear they added so much sugar to make such a high octane beer they ruined it. Its WAAAAAAY too sweet. Almost cloying. Its just sweet bready malts and really nothing else. but i would be lying if i say i didnt enjoy it! haha
rederic (2559) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle 2007 vintage, copper color, with a tan-colored head, but falls quickly, leaving a ring of foam, sweet toasty malty, raisiny, cherryish nose, with some leathery, tobacco leaf accents, with some warmth effluvia, liquorish brandy notes, within a candy sugar, chocolatey, fruit cake, spicy clove aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a sweet candied apricot, orange peel, toasted, caramelized malt warmth character, with a good fruity raisiny, plummy, syrupy kind of cough syrup thickness of black cherry flavor, with a whiskyish oaky note, with some hints of chocolate and fruit cake, spicy nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, leading towards a sweet malty, fruity, warming, hop bitterness finish.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Alcohol and malt on the aroma. Thanks levi. Faint brown color. Brown sugar and alcohol on the malty flavor.
mansquito (2494) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
New Beer Distributors 32oz growler ($8): Pours a brown color with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is fruity, fruity, fruity, sweet, sweet, sweet, without any of the booze that you would expect. Alcohol content at the growler station said that this was 13%... or at least that is what the beer advocate paper said. In any case the beer is very sweet, but also spicy. Body is not too thick. As it warms up it becomes more complex and a little bit harder to quaff, but remains drinkable nonetheless. Really heavily on the malty side, although there are a few bitter notes in this beer, especially in its warmer state. Taking a quaff of this definitely doe shave warming qualities.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle hand bottled by MikeMac as a very generous bonus in a trade - Thanks Mike!! - Let me start by saying that I really didn’t guess this to be a doppelbock.. Seemed like a barleywine or even an eisbock! - Pours copper with not much head to speak of. Aroma is big fruity, cherries, plums, raisins, a touch of yeast and a little alcoholic. Flavor is fruity as well. Notes of cherry, raisins, plums, candy sugar, and a bit of bubblegum, some bannanna, and yeast. Palate is silky smooth and delicate for a beer this big. Alcohol is hidden very well in this complex brew. Finishes quite soft and smooth. Very easy to sip and a nice winter warmer... Wonderful stuff!!
GRM (2487) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown bottle, 355 ml, purchased via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savoured on December 24 2008; eye: dark caramel, hazy, suspended matter, opaque, tiny ring of beige head, no lacing; nose: alcohol, candied fruits, caramel malt, concentrated liquorice, good presence of hops, sugar, light soy sauce; mouth: alcohol, caramel malt, hops, sugar, spices, light soy sauce, finale in alcohol with a good presence of caramel malt and hops, mild astringency, some alcohol burn after the finale, rather sweet, hops is discrete but present, full body, liqueur-like texture, not much carbonation; overall: fine
Bouteille brune, 355 ml, achetée via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savourée le 24 décembre 2008; œil : caramel foncé, voilée, matière en suspension, opaque, petit anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : alcool, fruits confits, malt caramel, réglisse concentrée, bonne présence de houblon, épices, sucre, léger sauce soya; bouche : alcool, malt caramel, houblon, sucre, épices, léger sauce soya, finale en alcool avec une bonne présence de malt caramel et de houblon, astringence moyenne, une petite brûlure d alcool après la finale, plutôt sucrée, amère est discrète mais bien présente, corsée, texture liquoreuse, peu carbonatée; en résumé : bien
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004: pour is hazy amber with a nice off white dense and big head...smell is richly malty but not overly complex...I would’ve expected a big beer to have more of anything in the nose...yeast, butter, bacon...wow, this tastes interesting...not a lot of flavor, but you can taste sweetness of alcohol and molasses immediately fought by hoppy bitterness, then just a dry mouthfeel...just like the nose, there is nothing really complex in the taste, but seems remarkably simple for a beer as big as this...just smooth and drinkable...probably not a good thing...
shigadeyo (2400) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4/25/2009: What, a 15% lager?! Well, I’m not overly surprised since (1) this is from Kuhnhenn and (2) this beer looks more like a barleywine since its extreemly deep amber color that is darker than honey is definitely intimidating! The aroma is sweet and even sticky and the flavor is thick, extremely MALTY, chewy, and S-W-E-E-T! Wow, this Winter Wonder "Lager" is damn tasty!
Sample from bottle at Dark Lord Day 2009. Rating #108 for this beer.
probstblueribbon (2378) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 fl oz bottle from Bieropholie, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. 2007 Ed.
App.: Clear deep copper with a small tan head.
Aroma: Hugely malty, massive amounts of raisins, dark dried fruits, molasses, caramel, treacle, toffee, anything else even remotely malt-like, some slightly brighter fruit notes, some berries, plenty of esters – mainly cotton candy, a little nutty, some citrus peel, slightly herbal, not that much alcohol, a little vanilla maybe
Palate: Medium-full body, quite syrupy, almost flat.
Flav.: A lot of pineapple candy and other tropical fruit esters, still incredibly malty, huge amounts of dark dried fruit, brown sugar, light nuttiness, tingling/numbing alcohol; quite sweet with enough bitterness to balance and a significant amount of alcohol.
I checked this out before opening the bottle. I saw Doppelbock. A failed to notice the ABV. I gotta work in the morning. I think I’ll put the rest in the fridge for later and will save the second bottle from January after skiing.