punkpie (19) - Covina, California, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an amber color... pretty sweet with a malty flavor... it’s smooth then has a gentle bite then goes smooth again... fairly easy drinking with a lingering aftertaste...
kxkeller (32) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber with fading, off-white head. Very sweet, pruny nose. A sweet, malt-dominated taste, followed by a comfortable hop spicyness. Easy to drink.
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany brown color with a slight haze. Deep dark roasted flavor with a honeylike apricot flavor. Tremendous palate and taste with a beatifully soft delicate smooth finish. Excellent palate with a slight hint of alcohol. Powerful taste and string hoppy feel smacks your tastebuds. This is a a winner of all catagories.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Got it in a 64 oz. growler. Dark amber color. Kind of sweet, very smooth and malty. Very easy to drink. I’d drink this again any time.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ PH Portland. Pint. Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber. Sweet with a good yeast presence, very drinkable. Great mouth feel and nice blend of great ingredients to create a very flavorful bock. " mmm, that’s bocky!"
MrBunn (2711) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The "ale" on the label is a little misleading, as this one is sweet and spicy and a little syrupy... has a few similar traits with a nice barley wine. Definitely an intriguing beer that I found myself enjoying much more than the last time I had it a few years ago.
Gmku (300) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2008 Interesting but not one that keeps me coming back. The malt is decent in this, and I like the hops, but it’s just not maibock sweet enough for me.
UPDATE! June 16, 2008: So in my new locale, this is the best "average ABV range" (5-7 percent) I can find. Which means I must shell out a few more bucks than for the other stuff on the shelf, but it’s well worth it. New appreciation for this fine brew in the land where fine brews are scarce (south carolina). Thank you, Rogue, for somehow getting this stuff all the way out here.
Everything’s relative: This now gets a a solid 4.0 from me.
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 26, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured and aged copper color with very little head. Smelled of malts, sicky sweet yeast and a touch of pepper. Tasted strongly of malts, orange pekoe and pepper with a lingering spice/hop/ash aftertaste. Not surprising that this beer is associated with the Dead. Interesting brew but not a favorite
pintbypint (3326) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample taken from gilvanblight’s 650ml bottle. Copper coloured with very little head retention. Caramel and hops in the aroma. Strong malt flavour, some more caramel notes. Nice hop bite leaves long finish. Medium bodied, mild carbonation.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled: Cloudy Amber coloring with a tiight white head. Sweet caramel malts dominate the aroma. Tight body which gives a full malt taste up front followed quickly by the Saaz hops kick in the back. Nice, drinkable, but not exceptional.