trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Double bock? Hardly. This pours a light orange/amber - looks more like an IPA. Cereal grains (corn, mostly) meet caramel and booze. Very, very malt-heavy. Little to no balance. Very little carbonation. This is one part Samichlaus to one part water - a dilution of a beer that’s iffy in the first place. There’s a funky clove note in there, too - which I think actually adds to this one - but this is not something I would ever buy again.
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2013 Straw gold, diffuse head with no life and viscous body. Warming honey-tipped malt nose. Honey malt body with a dryish finish. Almost tastes like a mead doppelbock. Mellifluous body. Bittered honey finish. Re-rated 12-10-13. The aroma is Christmas mysteriousness--buttered cinnamon toast and purple spice gum drops. The "mead doppelbock" description holds true again. Honeyed malt with spicy purple gum drop adding complexity. Dryish honeye and spice finish.
daknole (8851) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2010
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Gold pour. White head. Malty sweet aroma with some corn and maybe some artificial fruit. Flavor is stupid sweet and tastes like someone poured equal into someones sweaty pits and then bottled it. Gross ass beer.
alexanderj (3297) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle; picked up in Mesa, AZ. Poured a clear gold with alot of carbonation streams and a smallish head. Aroma of bread, honey, fruit and alcohol. Flavor was quite sweet and reminiscent of honey. Probably wouldn’t appeal to many. Some light earthiness and hopping in the finish. Bread. Lingers in the finish. Pretty one dimensional, but probably a little better than I expected.
Sammy (8351) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at Eastern Europe tasting at the Tops Tasting Room in Tempe. Light in taste, big in booze. Average mouthfeel. Mix between a malt liquor and a dopplebock.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(500 ml bottle from Lou’s Beverage Barn) Pours golden with a thin off-white head. Aroma of candy-malt sweetness, maybe a little hay and/or honey. Mouthfeel fairly smooth, lightly prickly, quite sticky/syrupy. Flavor is sweet and a bit hot. Candy-malt and rosewatery sweetness with a bit of a bitter pinch in finish. No complexity, pretty much just syrupy sweetness and some alchohol. One of those one-dimensional, syrupy, hot blonde doppels (hot blonde...hhmmmm). Not really horrible or undrinkable but one I’d pass on in the future.
Braudog (5574) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2010
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle ... Crystal clear golden pour. No activity whatsoever. Really sweet corny aroma. Similarly corn-starchy character in the drink. Smooth, but relatively unimpressive. If "Eastern European" is a beer flavor, this is it. (#3793, 1/10/2010)
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared with ScottyP and curly. Clear golden pour with ring of white head. Sweet honey nose and flavor. Some hop crispness. One of the better ESL’s I’ve come across. Absolultey love the label art.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2009
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle. That i was planing to make this my night cap at 9.5% but i just can’t. Pours a honey toned body with a thin white head. Aroma is abrasive, pinesol, paint, dingy malt body, corny, malt liquor like. Heavy corn syrup, with sweet and bitter tones. Rice, adjunct, corn, makes me make a bitter beer face. God this is horrid. Appleish honey husky hay corn. Just bad, i could finish it but God why the hell would i! I’m gonna drain pour the rest of the beer.
nearbeer (3584) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2009
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
500 ml. Clear burnt orange with a small , fleeting head. Nose is apple, caramel, grain and alcohol. Flavor is all the same, plus some dry grassy hops, corn and more alcohol. Near-medium body is smoothly carbonated and tingly with hops and alcohol. Pretty harsh.