RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown with a little off-white/brown head. Maltiness and a little hops in the aroma. Flavors of caramel malt and nutty. Moderate carbonation. Smooth drinking with some bitterness in the aftertaste.
bubbleflubber (2042) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2006 Sweet malty aroma. Pours ever-so-slightly hazy deep amber into the glass, with a decent head that leaves mild lacing. The bitter backing of the beer stands firm against the blend of caramel sweetness and tart fruit notes. Although it honestly feels a bit thinner than a traditional maibock (which is generally heavier in the malt arena), it is decently put together. It is satiating to the palate, with a nice amount of carbonation to lend drinkability (in a session manner). Again, this seems not as "thick" as the commercial classification, but you’d certainly do worse than this brew. Definitely lends the want for another.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours warm amber with coarse off white head. Malty and minty-sweet hop aromas. Palate pleasantly soft. Quite sweet. Sweet malt flavors with some carmel and fruitiness, and a hop profile that seem to mostly contribute to, rather than contrast, the sweetness. Not going to be a personal favorite, but an interesting and different brew. And as always, Rogue does good stuff.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice maltiness and sweet aroma. Not at all what I was expecting. Not bad at all as far as bock beers go.
nmoskop (79) - Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good brew here, more hoppy in my opinion than people seem to give it credit for. I thought it was a perfect balance of hops and malt. The taste was wonderful although the depiction on the bottle leaves a harsh first impression. My first maibock and definitely worth a try.
JPleuss (6) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2004 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a fine Maibock. I had my first "Dead Guy Ale" at a Christmes party where one guy received it as a gift and passed around the 22 oz. bottle. It was appreciated by all. Nice large head, good malty taste and aroma. A slight hoppy finish. Quite satisfying, all in all.
wpp83 (64) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a nice large white head on top of a hazy brown-orange body. The aroma was of malty sweetness with a plum nose followed by a nice hoppy grass scent. The flavor was dead on to the aroma, maly sweetness upfront and a nice hoppy bitterness to finish it off. Overall a fairly dry finish. Liked this one.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2005 Original Rating (23-Dec-04, 8-4-8-4-17=4.1): Huge malt aroma is sweet and full with some prominent dark fruity flavours. Hazy copper-tan coloured body is topped by a finger of dense, off-white, fine-bubbled head that sticks to the sides of the glass and laces very nicely throughout. Very malty without being overly sweet. Caramel, toffee and dark fruit flavours lead into a smooth balancing bitterness with just a hint of alcohol in the finish. Medium-full body has a creamy texture and lovely fine carbonation. Bottle.
Rerate (26-Apr-05, 8-3-6-3-13=3.3): Strong, rich, toasty malt aroma with a fair level of spicy hops. Hazy copper-tan with fine-bubbled tan head that recedes quickly to ring and partial cover. Thick, complex toasted and caramel malt flavours that are occasionally a touch grainy with some spicy, herbal hop character. Moderate bitterness in the somewhat dry finish that balances nicely and leaves a clean, spicy, peppery hop flavour in the aftertaste. Medium bodywith fair carbonation that is gently effervescent. Tulip glass, allowed to warm from the fridge. Bottle (trade, Apr. 2005). Thanks, Olivier!
DrnkMcDermott (2903) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2004 Bottle, bought at Whole Foods, Chicago. A bit of a surprise since I did not know what style this was. A flagship beer from a northwestern brewer that’s not full of hops? So be it. Big malt smell upon opening and pouring, almost like malt candy. A lovely brown body under a cream colored head. Great taste of caramel malts and something that must be honey, that can’t help but overpower any hop bill. Big caramel and toffee malt finish.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2005 Draft. Orange-hazy color. Amazing lacing, all he way to the end. Creamy head. Very malty, almost not enough hops to eevn things out but thats the style this one is going for. Very good beer.