glennmastrange (2383) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Light to moderate of dark bread, light herbs for the hops, with toffee, honey, brown sugar and cola. Head is small to average size, fizzy, off-white with no lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear medium brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes faintly sweet and acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is medium, watery witha lively carbonation. The aroma is a little bland but the flavor is full of dark Heller Bock sweetness and fullness.
Blairgus (3001) - California, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
19 Jan 2012, bottle. light yellow, clear, some steady bubbles, foamy thin head. fermented sweet hay, a tad meaty. intriguing. thin and crisp. really nice! some faint orange wheat flavors, a twinge of chocolate, some bitter finish. this is a great heller bock!
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 16, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a medium-sized off-white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is bready with lots of caramel, a bit of fruit, and some floral notes. Flavor is doughy/bready, caramel, toffee, some fruit. Has a long, lingering sweet and doughy finish -- sort of like candied bread. Has a slightly thick, almost chewy mouthfeel. A great bock.
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a golden color with a small sized head. Earthy, leaves, with caramel and some nuts.
Travlr (14763) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft. Dark clear amber color, massive beige head. Very sweet, very light body. Uninspiring.
GT2 (9177) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Churchkey thanks to Travlr. Pours a clear red to deeper amber with a larger tan head. Thicker lace. Nose is super sweet. Mild candies and pine needle bitter. Hints of margarine. Taste is blander with tannic apple skins and tannic grain. Sharper mouthfeel.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on tap at Monks Cafe in Philly. Nice dark brown pour with a tan foamy head. Aroma of brown sugar. Flavor was caramelized brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg cinnamon and even some ginger maybe? I dont know. I was surprised at the low scores here because I ADORED this beer. I love the sweet malty ones though and I had it on tap as opposed to bottle. It was delightful!
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Monk’s Cafe. Poured a light brown color with a thin white lacing head.Caramel, cereal, chocolate,clove, and a hint of spice on the nose. A nice medium body full of caramel and chocolately goodness.
Strykzone (5349) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint bottle poured into a tall glass. The clear and the color of caramel. A small off white head. A rich malty nose with brown sugar. Lots of malt is tasted, too. Grain and light roasted notes. Some soft fruit and gently bitter hops. The finish is a bit more fruity and the hops grow.
Chudwick (2354) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ML bottle - pours murky yellow with nice white head and mild lacing. Nose is caramel malts, yeast and spices. Aroma is citrus hops. Taste is sweet at first and quite bitter at the end. Thin to slick texture and medium body. Alcohol and dry finish. This is the lump of coal of Christmas beers; OK, not really but I’d be upset to open this Christmas morning.