blutt59 (5914) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, thanks to SS, black brown pour with creamy tight foam, clean plum and nuts aroma, flavors of sweet refined sugar, dark fruits, raisin bread
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2012 Bottle thanks to someone at sourfest. Pours with a brown body and a tan head that stays. Aroma of brown sugar, raisins and a bit of hop character. Taste is brown sugar, and herbal with a lot of caramel and some dark fruits. Lively bubbles, a decent amount of alcohol.
Hazed deep brown body with a minimal tan head. Aromas are of deep caramelization, melanoidins, raisins, alcohol and leather. Flavors are of leather, booze, hugely bitter, earthy, raisins, boozy, soil. Very big bodied, warming.
hopscotch (8393) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours mostly clear and nearly black (deep ruby when held up to light) with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The bouquet is nutty, chocolaty and lightly vinous – medium sherry. Full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor is chocolaty and vinous with only a rumor of coffee. Sweet; then bitter. Finishes carbonaceous and mildly bitter with a hint of acidity at the wee end. Kudos to jtclockwork for shipping this bottle my way!
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2010 It pours with a deep garnet color with a full, pillowy, fluffy, tan head which is mostly diminishing and leaves some scattered lace. The nose is still premature but still bursting with flavor; spicy phenols, some herbal/perfumey hop notes, fruit cake, candied currants, caramel, almonds, and light roast. The flavor is much different with more of the dark malt notes and less fruity esters and hops; toasted almonds are prominent, mild coffee roast, dark breads, toasted caramel, light currant notes, faint herbal hops, and still a chocolate cake tinge. The palate is warm, nearly full, soft to lively, and velvety, almost round (in time, I think the palate could be perfect). The finish is very long with toasted almonds, mild coffee, chocolate cake, and an herbal hop bitterness that stays on the tongue. A wonderfully interesting beer with a flavor that was completely different from the nose. The moderate bitterness to the beer was only noticed seconds after the finish because the flavor seemed to be completely malt dominated. If only I had waited another year to pop this one; it was a bit young still but things are coming together nicely. I am a bit curious about the label which says, "trippelbock"; I would take that to mean a Belgian trippel brewed in the bock style, but I guess with the 11% it could mean a ’triple’ bock. Either way it contained great characteristics of both and Mikkeller again surprises me with another great beer. I guess I am required to get another one to cellar and try next year sometime despite the price.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of hopscotch. Pours mahogany with a nice aroma of sweet malt and dried fruits. The taste was pleasant. Sweet maltiness and dark fruits with a champaign kinda bubbly carbonation. Good stuff..
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m not the biggest fan of doppelbocks but this one was pretty impressive. The color was dark with a subtle off white foamy head. It had aromas of malt, barely, dried fruits, and herbs. After trying this one I’m a little more excited to get a hold of more doppelbocks.
DocLock (7214) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from State Line. Pours deep brown w 3f tan head. Nose is dark roasty malt, hops, molasses, cacao, figgy fruit. Tastes very dark malty, with molasses, brown sugar, fig, hoppy, estery, lactic. Some late heat and creaminess.
mcberko (4843) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on tap at SIB, pours dark brown / black. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, fruit, sweetness and alcohol. Flavour follows accordingly. Fantastic.
GTAEgeek (953) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Brick Store Pub. At first glance, I thought this was a stout. It’s a very dark purple color, with a minimal head. The aroma is mainly fruit and alcohol. It tastes like vinegar, with a wine-like fruit flavor. It is sweet, with very little hops bitterness. The mouthfeel is light, and made little impression on me. Overall, an interesting beer.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Brick Store Pub. Pours deep but brilliant - dark ruby brown with a hint of purple (like a cool-hued garnet). Thin offwhite head. Thick, vinous, chewy, tangy malt aroma. Tangy malt sweetness in the flavor. Rich dark fruit (raisin cakes) with hints of chocolate. Full sweet finish with fruity malts. Mouthfeel is full, almost syrupy, with very strong carbonation, which does a good job of adding a sense of levity to the full texture. Overall, a very thick and rich, malty brew - but a bit too sweet.