JoePeesie (853) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy light orange with a fizzy off white head. Nose and taste are sweeter than expected. Definitely get the malt and caramel referenced above, but not that color at all. Not the best beer in the series, but I glad I grabbed a 4 pack.
XmnwildX12 (2077) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a nice dark red amber color, has a nice rich flavor with a nice smooth roast.
kenko (85) - Florida, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium sized white head. Aroma is caramel malt and grassy hops. Taste is chocolate, caramel, fruits, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium.
ThaJuggernaut (309) - Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Was very impressed by this beer. Nice dark pour had that German hoppy taste.
iride15 (237) - Rockledge, Florida, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear red pour with off white head. Sweet malts and caramel notes and flavor. Lingering alcohol finish. Good brew, just not my style.
reebtogi (3797) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle listed at 9.5%ABV pours a deep amber brown color with a finger of off-white head that leaves some thin spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel malts and some dark fruits with some mild hops. Taste is caramel malt sweetness with some dark fruits and a mild hoppy bitterness. Medium to heavy body with light carbonation. A very decent doppelbock that is quite enjoyable.
vtafro (2317) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. Brown pour with tan head. Fruit and nut malt like aroma. Flavor goes from bland to off for me. Doesn’t touch better/tried and true .
MadRobin (1606) - Silver Spring, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark red copper brown with large head that settles slowly
Taste of caramel and alcohol. Some hops.
Full mouth feel. Light carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Jimthechap (1421) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mahogany in colour with a good creamy white head, although a little hazy in the glass. Aromas of mature, sherry steeped fruitcake, hot chocolate and muscatel raisins. Flavours... there’s flavours alright. This is a huge mouthfull of big desserty beer with good filling powdery carbonation. After the huge rush of chocolate torte, there’s a pinch of sweet, plummy juicy fruits on the sides of tongue. There’s so much going on.
This bottle was given to me having arrived across the other side of the world, having sat in an office in a small brewery before, during and for over a year after the February 22nd 2011 Christchurch earthquake. There was suspicion it wouldn’t have lasted, however I suspect it has developed nicely courtesy of a good alcohol content to preserve it. I’d love to try it fresh to assess the difference. But a message to those who have this beer. Give it a decent 6.3 magnitude shake and then leave it in an office and then shake it another 10,000 times at various magnitudes. You’ll have one of the most spectacular beers you’ve ever had.
hef1985 (20) - cheektowaga, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle
Aroma: Slightly floral but the overpowering scent of sweet malt
Head: Limited 1/3 finger white/tan head that dissipates rather quick
Color: Dark amber. Transparent with difficulty
Taste: Initial strong malt flavor gives way to sweetness. Texture is lightly syrupy
Finish: Sweet aftertaste but nothing overpowering.
Overall Impression: From start to finish the malt is the most observable feature. Interesting beer but was surprised to see this rated as top Lager of 2012.