GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle from HuskyinPDX.
Pours deep, clear copper with a creamy beige head that shows excellent retention and lots of lacing.
Aroma is crisp bready malts, vanilla and roasted coffee beans. Also plenty of earthy notes, chocolate and light spices.
Taste starts with some hop bitterness and earthy, caramel malts. The finish is bitter and highly roasted. Creamy vanilla and some mocha notes.
The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth but with a hefty earthy bitterness throughout.
This is a really tasty bock with a lot going on. More complex than most bocks but probably sacrifices a bit of drinkability.
dmac (4161) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz 2009 bomber from the Shop Rite Liquors in Freehold "enjoyed" in February of 2011. Poured an ugly muddy slight reddish/brown body underneath a large foamy light beige head. Aroma had some notes of dirty earth, bad chocoalte, grass, green vegtables, chalk and a touch of vomit. Body is thin to perhaps medium with still noticable carbonation and a chalky finish that allows the shitty flavor to linger far to long. Flavors of bad chocolate, bad pudding, rotting grass, hint of bad orange pulp, cold vegtable soup. Blah...man ticking ain’t easy.
johnnnniee (2404) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 Edition poured into a pint glass sampled 5/16/2008.
Pours a cloudy dark brown with a rocky off white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma is all malt. I pick up a bready caramely sweet aroma. The taste follows the smell. Mouthfeel certainly is creamy and smooth. Body seemed a bit thin to me. Not a bad brew. I don’t think I would seek it out again, but definitely drinkable.
jimhilt (2420) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cream, three-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy brown/amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose - hints of spice and malt, flavor is same - spicy malts. 2010 release, $5.50 for a 22oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22 oz. bottle (2010) from Bootleggers) Pours clear dark tea brown with a few fingers of tan head. Aroma of tea, brown sugar, vanilla and chocolate. Mouthfeel fairly smooth, light-medium heft. Big, droopy rings of lacing. Flavor of chocolate-brown sugar-vanilla maltiness with some nuttiness like a brown ale. Not bad but some off-note sourness detracts.
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light tan with a pretty sizable white head. Some nuttiness on the aroma, but also doughy. Medium body with a balanced, tending towards sweet but balanced finish. As the bottle suggests, try this with a nice (VT) cheese.
bobman006 (326) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. 2010. Brown with beige head. Aromas of coffee, cocoa, grass, vanilla, spice. Flavors of toffee, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, licorice, leather, spice. Balanced finish, slightly sweet. Medium-full body with round mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.
Dorwart (2382) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2009 Vintage. Very large head of fine bubbles and very good carbonation. Weak malt aroma with a bit of spice. Color is a deep mahagony brown. Dry and malty flavor with more spices and a bit of smoked grains. Very easy drinking and a very mild alcohol presence. An ok holiday brew.
jgb9348 (4812) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy copper/bronze coloured body with a thinnish tan head, ruby tint and a nice bit of small bubbles coming from the sides of the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, pit fruits, raisins and some major toffee. Medium-bodied; Strong assertive malty and toffee taste at first with some nuts, alcohol and a bitter tobacco finish. Aftertaste shows a lot of character, with the malt coming through most, followed by some alcohol and a touch of raisins. Overall, a decent beer - perhaps a bit too nutty and malty, but not a bad beer. Good for a holiday beer - different than most, so that’s very welcome. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Liquor Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 14-March-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 04-April-2010.
williamherbert (1317) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is toffee and brown sugar. Mild and malty.
Appears dark, milky, ruby brown. Head shrinks but some nice lace.
The flavor is lots of malt. Coffee but also oatmeal. Malt dominates. Sweet with a bitter finish. Hint of grapes and dates/raisins.
Gritty feel; a tad oatmealish. Verymuch a sweet, sugary bock. Pretty good.