gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very fresh... pulled off the bottling line in late September. A nice sample of the style, wish I had another!
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitas Brewing Company--Lagunator Ale--1999 Release--22 oz. Bottle--6.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Strong Ale--Bronze dark cherry color. Rich spicy roasted front and equally rich malty roasted cherry toffee body. Similar to 1999 Anchor X-Mas. Wonderful texture with a rich crustiness. Spicy rich end. 37 IBUís. Sampled 6/9/1999.
Lagunitas Brewing Company--Lagunator Solstice Ale--Green Bottle Label--2002-2nd Release--22 oz. Bottle--6.80% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Bock--36.4 IBUís. Light tan lacy head. Clear rich copper red bronze color. Rich malt spice mild hop front. Smooth rich toasted spicy burnt caramel cherry nut body. Sweet rich flavor. Toasted malt hop spice end. Sampled 11/24/2002.
Lagunitas Brewing Company--Lagunator Solstice Ale--Red Bottle Label--2002-1st Release--22 oz. Bottle--6.80% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Bock--36.4 IBUís. Clear dark burnt red bronze color. Light rich lace head.Mild toasted light spice hop front. Rich roasted body. Sweet burnt cherry notes. Clean smooth Bock body. Mild malt spice hop end. Sampled 11/28/2002.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Found this on draft in Calistoga. Not sure if it was mislabeled or if there happend to be an old keg around. A big american pale ale, dark copper, great lacing, but a bitter and harsh finish.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
the only ting this brew lacked was a refined mouthfeel otherwise wowo!!!!!!!. Pours a lovely dark brown color. Wtery looking with a nice head that slowly dies off. I love this brewery. Nose is of chocolate, mulled spices, cinanamon, and chocolate chocolate chocolate with a good dose of califronia style hops. Flavors are much the same only dominated by the chocolate an dthe hops. The only way I can knock this brew is to say that it is slightly watery and could have used a bit more malt to make it a bit thicker.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aged for about a year: Deep red, slightly cloudy. Head is abundant and thick as could be. It's not dissappearing at all. Any head that you can write in is impressive. Chocolate and nuts in the aroma. Dark chocolate is the first flavor I pick up. Slightly vinous as it warms, also picking up a bread/cookie flavor. Slight acidic finish. Good, good stuff.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 25, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
To be fare I'm not a bock person. This one was to malty for my palate.
legion242 (2189) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At last, a bock that does slam you upsode the head with swwetnes or alcohol. A moderate amount of malt with a good crispness.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I don't know what this beer is supposed to be. Is it an ale or a bock? Seems to call itself both. Reddish brown with large bubbly head, schizophrenic flavour, I can taste sweet lemon tea, coffee and brown sugar. I get a kick out of its slight hop zing on the finish. Could do with a little more body, the flavour just doesn't seem to hang around long enough.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well hopped and clean, floral/piney/spicy with hints of berries and rye. an oily, bitter finish but with a substantial body of rich maltiness up until that point. This is a bock for all the west coast hop heads!
TAR (2495) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rusty liquid paired with a thick foam that resembles frothed milk.
Delicous, yet unorthodox to the style spicy hop dominant aroma with soft underlying notes of cardboard, leather, pineapple, pine, jelly, crystal malt, and rye. Semi sappy and very soft on the palate. Huge hop flavors abound upon first sip. Quickly masked by cardboard, pineapple, and a sloppy, yet very tasty giant malt profile. This borderlines on being an IPA with its long brash bitterness. Only the slightest Bock traits, yet it accomplishes what it set out to do, which is to satisfy both the Bock appetite and hop craving. Slightly lacking in complexity, but the flavors are still highly satisfying. A huge beer that defies classification without a doubt, and I love it.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The nameís a little misleading. Itís called an "-ator" but itís not strong enough to be a doppelbock. Even then itís a bock brewed as an ale, although no complaints there because I think Rogue Dead Guy is excellent. Pours cloudy, burghundy color, decent head formation. Dark fruit, prune juice aroma. Sweet creamy fruit malts up front and white chocolate middle. Mild bitter hoppy finish, a little more so than for the style.