JPDIPSO (5038) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with hints of umber when held to the light. Sweet malt aromas, with some grain, dark fruit, caramel and hint of spice. Not knowing the style I assumed dubbel. Flavors of sweet toasted malt, dark currants, floral hops and hints of dried grass. Fairly clean and cleaner than I expected from a dubbel. Had to rethink after seeing it is actually a doppel. Perhaps a bit too sweet and at times a bit too much yeast, but a decent dubbel/doppel.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour was deep amber with an off white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, light fruit, some spice, and floral characters. Brew was smooth with sweet caramel malt flavors accompanied by light fruit and a slightly bitter finish. Very nice brew. Would buy again.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark copper colour with a large fluffy brown head. Significant roasted malt character. Chocolatey, very heavy and rich, the head is enormous and no matter how much you take down in each sip, it keeps coming back.
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Hops Haven brewpub in Sheboygan, WI. Pours a clear dark redish amber brew (like cherry cola) with a creamy off white head with slow dissolving. Most excellent lacing of all their beers. Aroma of caramel malt, some sweet apples, a touch of toffee and flowery hops. Taste is carbonated, medium bodied and very sweet. Finish is very sweet and almost getting into the barleywine category. When trying an entire brewery sampler (flight), try this one last.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice deep amber in color and translucent with a thin, creamy, foamy tan head. Reserved aroma with some barnyard hay accents, peat, caramel and licorice. I can literally see this one going downhill. Flavor brigade unlike any of this brewery’s other beers, but it’s not necessarily a good thing. Once we get past the high carbonation, we’ve got some toffee, caramel and a separated ABV resonance. Hard to distinguish individual characters. Searing with an over-the-top sweetness.