jimhilt (2372) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a three-finger light tan head, fades slowly and leaves no lace. Deep red/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is malty. Starts sweet with the malts, finish has a slight burnt raisin and bitterness to it. A good dopplebock. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2005 Re-rated 5-11-05 Deep copper/ruby brown in color with large light tan head.Aroma of alcohol,toasted malt and mild hops. Malty,bready with a dry finish.
3-29-05 Brown with ruby highlights and large light tan head. Aroma of malt and bread. Flavor is malty,bready with a bitter finish. 6-5-6-3-12
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours black, very dark for a doppelbock, large frothy sand colored head, with sticky lacing.   Looks fantastic!   Aroma of smoked wood, peat, and carmelized sugar. Semi-sweet on the tongue, very malty, peaty, with a slight sour twang. Also some molasses in there. Decent body, slightly viscous mouthfeel, but also a bit cloying. Sweet finish, almost too sweet. Very soft hop profile emerges at the very end. Not bad, but maybe a bit too sweet. Thanks goes out to ClarkVV for the trade!
Lubiere (9320) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown ale with a sweet malt aroma, and roasted notes. Very sweet roasty taste, with molasse notes. Rich bodied and viscous in mouth. Jan. 2005.
OldGrowth (2421) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from Julio’s. Weak nose, rootbeer, little eggy. Clean dark brown color. Nice head that faded. Sweet malty flavors, chocolate, carmel, coffee. Thicker body, creamy/syrupy mouthfeel, sweet finish. Abv hints on finish, but is hidden well otherwise. Nice brew, I just didn’t get the nose that some did.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 My thanks go out to OldGrowth. I had this back to back with Newport 03, which wasn’t a very good idea. This beer was much more of a true doppelbock. Brown color almost translucent. Pours with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet like brown sugar and slightly roasted. Alcohol didn’t come up much in my tasting, but this could be because I drank a Newport 03 prior to it. Slightly syrupy body. Moderately sweet finish.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown color with no head. Aroma of alcohol, roasted malt and molasses. Flavor of roasted malt, molasses, berries and alcohol. Full body, liquorous texture, soft carbonation.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet, meaty, molasses, dark fruit aroma. Clear, dark, mahogany brown body is almost opaque. Topped by a shy, tan head that recedes to ring. Fairly alcoholic flavour has a sour, yeasty character but is strangely appealing. Lots of berries, raisins and dark, roasty malts in the finish. Medium body with decent effervescence and fair alcohol warming. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, lubiere, MartinT and Rastacouere.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep copper appearance. Generous off-white cover. Earthy and bolder than most aroma despite an appealing fruitiness. Rich maple pie and meaty yet sugary undertones seem to battle dry ashes like components. Multiple berries float on the surface on the tongue while being watched over by not totally hiden alcohol while the malt procures earthy and toasted sensations. Medium bodied, gently carbonated, slightly drying out and well balanced overall.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted apricots and tangy overall fruitiness rest peacefully on the ground.
Sweet earth respects an unobstrusive citrusy hoppiness. Roasted malt bitterness and toasted bread combine to substantiate the beauty of the maltiness.
An agressive nickname proves to be the cover for a stout yet softhearted soul.