Aurelius (4559) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pickly chocolate aroma. Super fruity and sweet. Very little bittering -- woody bitter what’s there. This was just a chore to try to drink. Doughy, parched malt, like a storng oktoberfest that lost it’s way. Abv pushes to the front. Didn’t finish it.
3fourths (8455) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Dog & Duck, Austin. Medium light brown color, like a dark amber ale. Nice festive Marzen-like aroma with maple and oak notes. Buttery flavor, like an infection but different, rather a fresh butter and cream flavor. Ultimately disappointing, though I was impressed with the smooth cream-ale qualities it had.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light malty sweet aroma - somewhat faint. Nice copper color, short head, little to no lacing. Taste is sweet malts - sugary - mildly hoppy at the back of the tongue, then sweet again in the finish. Body is fizzy and could be thicker. Thanks fly.
DocLock (8311) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to TChrome for this. Pours deep copper (not ruby) with smallish white head. Aroma of malt, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, candi sugar. Tastes malty, with some hops, floral esters, nuts, cognac, and light fruit at the finish. Dry finish, and medium palate. Very good. I love maibocks, and this is my first of 2005. Let the good times (and the good maibocks) roll!
TChrome (1432) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours very pale amber color with a slowly dissipating off white head. Aroma is a bit on the simplistic style, being almost entirely sweet malt and caramel. Flavor is easy going a bit overly sweet caramel malt. Mouthfeel is underwhelming. Needs improvement.
PorterPounder (5928) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at the Ginger Man in Austin, Tx. Pours an orangeish light copper with a thin, but long lasting off-white head with a fair bit of lacing. Aroma is pretty nondescript - a bit of caramel perhaps, but not very obvious. Flavor has some chocolate notes, cherries, a bit of caramel and some alcohol. Palate is fairly smooth. Nothing to really get excited about, but falrly solid and dependable.
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very light bodied interperetation of the style. But after all it isn’t meant to be an American version of the classic German-style Dopple. Well balanced, with a smooth syrupy start and a brief flash of sweet hoppiness in the finish.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2005 A little on the light side, but drinkable. A slight malty sweetness hides in the background and makes funny noises, but it never makes a spectacle. Shame. Not bad, though. Coulda used a little more hops bite to go with what little malt there was, but it was not to be. Maybe next year.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, hmmm. Can’t think of much great to say about this one. Dark. foamy head. Smells like a really thin bock. This beer lacks most bock characterisitcs. It is sweet, like a bock, but not malty sweet, just sweet. Fly is right. Hop presence isn’t in your face but not really present at all. It is thin, not like a bock. and I didn’t really enjoy it.
GiddyBoy (117) - USA - APR 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was interesting. In St. Arnold fashion, their beers maintain a consistency I have not seen in most brewers. All their beers have a very distinct flavor, and this is no different. If you need a mental pictures, Spring Bock is like a black and tan, but instead it is a ST Arny Amber and a Shiner Bock. It is flavorful and refreshing, although not totally unique. Still, it is a good brew for pre summer festivities