Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled picked up at State Line. Served in a snifter.
Pours a very dark brown color with a good off-white head and a bit of light lacing. The nose is roasty with a touch of sweetness and some dark fruits. There is also a very small amount of smokey character in the background. The taste is lightly smoked and roasty and also carries a nice dark fruit presence. Impressively, the alcohol in this is not really all that detectable. The body is medium and the finish is dry, which some plum character being accentuated in the finish. A good beer, though I certainly would have preferred a 375 of this--a 750, even split up, is a bit much.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-29-2010
Brandman (2835) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown body, khaki head. Aroma of sweet malt, dark fruits and alcohol. Flavour has alcoho, raisins, dates, chocolate. Very full bodied, nice bitterness.
Fred82 (2139) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle from IPB.
Appearance : Deep clear mahogany with a small head.
Aroma : Great caramel with nice malt and light spices. Great notes of raisins and spices. Nice toffee. Quite complex and rich.
Taste : Caramel and malt with a nice bitterness. Light mineral hops. Finish has great notes of caramel. Nice toffee. Finish is rather well attenuated.
Overall : Very interesting beer. Quite sharp and drinkable but packed with caramel flavours. Nice complexity. A rather nice surprise.
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
had this on tap at Mikkeller.
Pours a dark copper with a hint of amber in the light, a light ope head, falls quickly, light lacing...A super strong aroma of dark brown sugar and figs, light smoke and alcohol on the back, not bad but not blow me over either...The taste is a fall off, lots of alcohol kills the taste on the front, after a few sips it dies down a little, but still too mcuh. Other flavors show off some caramel and dark fruits...The feel is really nice, very tannic coats the mouth fully, pretty easy to drink for an 11% beer.
A pretty lofting rating so far, not sure its that good, but its pretty decent.
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with mahongany tinges on the side. Tan coloured head. Big sweet nose with lots of dark fruits and plenty of alcohol. Flavours are mostly sweet with some alohol on the finish. Slightly thin mouthfeel.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 2/6/2011 Source:Other) Big malty bready nose with dark fruit notes. Black with small white head. Roast in flavor with dark fruits - plum and raisin. Lots of toasty bready flavor. Medium body and mouth feel. Finish is clean and roasty with a bit of grainy astringency and moderate bitterness.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2013 Bottle at the 5th Annual Richmond Industry Gathering on 11/28/2010. Clear ruby body with a small white head. Sweet caramel and resiny aroma. Sweet caramel, earthy malt and resiny hop flavor. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 7/4/8/3/15
Bottle courtesy of butters on 02/06/2011.
Dark black body with a medium creamy tan head.
Sweet molasses, fruit, light chocolate, toast and bread aroma.
Big molasses fruit and bready flavor
Full body mod low carb 8/5/8/3/16
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, cavedirect. Rubber in the aroma, sweet and rich, hops in the background. Another black beer, with a rich tan head. Lingering aftertaste of coffee and licquorice.
adnielsen (10484) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. Incredibly deep black appearance with a brown head. Sweet and a delicious Bock, dark malty nose. Sweet dark Bock that’s stronger than your typical Doppelbock. Great Bock flavor that’s darker, stronger, and more alcoholic than its companions. Very interesting and pretty good.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: An overly boozy, very roasted and aggressive strong dark lager beer of some kind
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed a little over one year after it was first bottled, 1.5 year before expiration date.
The look: Clear dark ruby-mahogany body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose is vinous, some raisins and some barley candies. Taste has a lot of burnt caramel, some prunes, raisins, nail polish, rubber, chalk. Very astringent. I was surprised at the roasted level of this beer and it didn’t fit the style well with plenty of burnt caramel and burnt brown sugar in lieu of a rich caramelized body. Body wasn’t rich enough and alcohol was annoyingly apparent with a higher alcohol/fusel sensation. I drank a full bottle a few hours after drinking a superior example of the same style (Cheval Blanc Triple Bock) so it made Frelser even more disappointing. Drinking a full bottle felt very loonnnnnnggg. From the good ratings it seems that just about everybody but me enjoys this beer. But I stand by my opinion, because the best life advice is to be yourself(*).
(*) Not responsible if said advice leads to an monotonous boring life