bhensonb (11060) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Swingtop from Trader Joes in Davis, CA. Opens with a big pop. Pours copper with a 3 finger foamy beige head. Aroma of roast malt and noble hop. Med body. Flavor is a bit nutty, with roast malt and some grassy hop. It’s just a bit sweet, but there seems to be enough hop to cut that to a minimum. It drinks really well.
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark copper with a moderate to large light brown head that last with good lacing. Good caramel toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Good well balanced dark sweet malt flavor with a moderate smooth sweet finish of moderate duration. Good doppelbock.
Drake (8546) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Half liter swingtop from Trader Joe’s Glen Allen, VA. Pours a clear amber color with a large fizzy off-white head. Decent
head retention. Aroma of floral notes, stone fruits, citrus and caramel. The taste is caramel malts, candied fruits and
very faint hops. Medium bodied, a little one note and too sweet.
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured medium orange with a tall whitish head. The aroma picked up sweet caramel and dark fruity notes with black pepper and detergenty accents.. more of the latter as it warmed up. The flavor found sweet caramel, nutty notes, and dark fruit at the core with tangy fruit skins and clovey/white peppery yeast around.. tasty, sweet finish. Medium-bodied with an ok flow through the palate.. decent drinker.
Ibrew2or3 (6888) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cool 50cl swing top bottle pours a deep ruby red amber-ish sort of color with a thin tan head of foam. The aroma offers up raisin, spiced red apple wedges and some hazel nut like nuttiness. The taste is similar as it puts out a mix of raisins, cherries and spiced red apples as well as a bit of roasted malts and nuttiness. Interesting estery and also nearly astringent maltiness at times.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a dark cream colored head. Mineral and malt aroma. Mineral and malt flavor with light caramel. Medium bodied. Mineral and malt lingers with light caramel and light spice.
mcberko (6428) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, pours a clear dark amber with a small off-white / beige head. Aroma of toasted nuts, caramel, vegetal notes, biscuity malts - very German smell. Flavour of bananas, clove, toasted nuts, toffee and some vegetal notes. Thin palate with not much complexity. Not too bad though.
BVery (6216) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Swing-top bottle. Rich amber pour with an off-white head. Smells and tastes a bit like a malt liquor, just with more body. Vegetal, some plastic, dusty caramel malts, almost artificially sweet. Another bad one from this brewer.
beerguy101 (5284) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled 12/31/2011. This dopplebock pours a light to medium orange gold color from a 500ml swing top bottle. Medium to large sized white/beige foamy head. The aroma is caramel, bready, fruity, floral and sweet. A medium to light bodied dopplebock. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and floral. Decent carbonation. It is a touch metallic/mineral tasting at the finish, and a little dry for a dopplebock, but otherwise a fairly decent beer. Hides the 8% alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A sickly copper brew with a long lasting off white head. Sweet peaches and malt are up front in the smell. There is also abc gum and a little bit of old wood. This tastes like sweetened peaches covered in brandy. There is also some toffee in the finish. Notes of wood come through in each drink. A decent brew, but it’s an odd combination of sweet and dry.