RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich, roasted malt hammer over the head, with big toffee/caramel/dried fruit/raisins/and sweet, sweet, toasty MALT! Thick wine-like texture and mouthcoating qualities, but not cloying at all. Big alcohol (11%) presence that is pretty prominent, but not overbearing in any way. Very well done.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark Brown Coloring with sandy Ring. Malty and Somewhat Grapey Aroma. Rich Malt, with a Dusty Dry Malt Aftertaste...Grapey Tang From Malt and Caramel Resides with a Light Alcohol Presence. Certainly an Enjoyable Dopple, But Nothing Stellar.
WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler. Pours a very dark brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is rich, with a strong backbone of roasted malt and chocolate along with some added hints of wood and spices. Taste is fairly full and very dry, with tastes of chocolate, malt, vanilla, and tobacco along with a slightly sweet finish somewhere between a bourbon and dark fruit on the finish. Excellent proof to never underestimate Rock Bottom.
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed on one of many stops during our anniversary. Nice chocolate, malt and hardwood, some sweet with a surprising bitter finish.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Dark dark brown, nice lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and a little wood. Some sweetness, surprising bitterness. Nice mouthfeel.
JK (4750) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught, ABR 2009. Good caramel malt. Standard bock flavor, malt, no hops really. Brown color. A solid doppelbock.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark dark brown in color with a nice cap of foarm. Served in a brandy snifter. Chocolate aroma with a thick chocolate body and a portish characteristic though the alcohol was very pronounced.
Ratman197 (10438) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Barrel aged version poured a cloudy dark brown with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of cherry, orange, vanilla, oak and maple. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of apple, cherry, wood and carmel with a dry slightly bitter finish.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Minneapolis (new recipe with weyerman caramunich, caravienne, special B and 100 percent hallertrau.) Semi-translucent and murky chocolate chestnut brown in color with a creamy tan wrung hugging the edges of the glass like froth to a saucepan. Chocolate diligence draws on a mild cocoa character while hitting rolled and toasted pecans along the way. Medium baked brownies meet a darker, earthen element akin to toasted wood chips cooled with a light pool of chocolate. It’s a predictor of sweet flavorful fulfillment to come. And it’s there, with an omnipotent chocolate caramel tract weaving between full, high alcohol embodiment. Tame, balanced and bright, with a mocha cocoa complexity that only further reinforces its chocolatey balanced formulation. Caramelized pralines take on a dusty hazelnut sweetness with a tiny injection of batter saturated pistachios. Gentle carbonation and palatable alcohol primeness make a perfect match with caramel infused Tollhouse cookie dough tubes. Chewy yet low in the FG department. Beers like this can either make or break a brewer. Here’s to one hell of a vote for this brewery’s new brewer and his natural inclinations and incantations.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep brown, topped by a short cap of soft, dark tan foam. The head reduces to a ring and a smattering of bubbles on the top. Decent lacing. Malty aroma, full of bittersweet chocolate and a little bread - reminding me of chocolate babka bread from Breadsmith. And I love that stuff. There’s mild fruit and spice in the background of the aroma if you look for it.
Full chocolate malt flavor, both sweet and bittersweet, with toffee, plum, and a little rum punch kicker in the finish. Fantastic stuff. Very nice mouthfeel - velvety smooth, prominent yet soft carbonation, and a great alcohol burn after the fact.