DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle). Strange brew, sort of a hybrid mild IPA and bock. Clean malty aroma. Orange-amber body, little head. Hops dominate the flavor profile, tilting much more toward bitterness than sweetness. Not sure it all hangs together too well, but it’s still rather a pleasant effort.
daknole (9443) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from my trip to Vermont in Aug. Pours a nice amber color with a very light tan head. Aroma is very sweet with notes of toffee, sweet malt and some cane syrup. Flavor is pretty sticky wtih a pretty small hop bite. Not overly impressed, but it is certainly drinakble.
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 17, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a nice off white head with good glass retention. The aroma is sweet maltiness. The taste is bock like with honey and hoppy bite. The palate is refreshing with a bit of a bite.
acearl (394) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much better than a 42%...Brownish Tangerine cloudy hue with creamy egg shell head, sweet malted barley odor, light molassas and grain, 8% alcohol is well hidden, nice flavor, low fruit/hop, very drinkable.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Richmond Industry Gathering 2007. Dark brown body with a light tan head. Huge molassas and acaramel aroma. Molassas and caramel flavor.
JFGrind (1860) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up a bottle in Central Joisey for under four bucks. Stong alcohol dominates over the bitterness. Reminds me of a Euro Lager which does not make Hell’s Bock flavor unique.
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle thanks to drewbeerme for this sample. Pours clear orange with a fluffy white head. Grainy malts in the nose with citrus and yeast. Grains and citrus flavors are lightly sweet with so much of that tanic grainy notes and a hop fiinish of faded hops. This beer is EXTREME! Extremely bad.
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours hazy dark copper with 2-finger off-white head. Nose is grainy malt, hops, citrus, and mild spicy florals. Tastes grainy malty, with a heavy hopcitrus dose, but never quite seems balanced and it does start rather hot and stay rather hot. Not terrible, but not a beer I’d rebuy.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAR 12, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22 oz. bottle with stamp reading "Nov. 6 2007" from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/massachusetts/w target=blank>Julio’s Liquors) Well what can I say...Pours fairly cloudy goldish-amber forming a tall biscuit head in my willibecher. Head slowly recedes to a rocky, frothy cap. Aroma is fairly nice and interesting - vanilla, maybe maple and honey, egg, caramel, citrus? The nice aroma doesn’t hold up. As head recedes the maltier aroma fades to some sharper pine and some sourishness, lightly dishraggy. Mouthfeel is fairly full and smooth, a bit sticky in finish. Lots of thickish, patchy lacing. Flavor is, well...very, very hoppy. Geesh this is quite a trend with the very hoppy American take on this style (see Otter Creek, Smuttynose). Just loads of hops here - this could pass for a big IPA. Piney, somewhat sharp. Quite bitter toward finish. Alcohol not particularly well-covered. If you let it warm there is some softer light caramel and vanilla underneath. Interesting beer but kind of a full frontal assault of hops and alcohol.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle. pours hazy golden with creamy white head. nose is citrusy, old grains. flavor is citrusy, sprite like, and biscuity citrusy finish. pretty bland and boring.