rangerred (839) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured out of a bomber into an imperial pint.
Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a one finger light tan head. Just ok head retention fading to a light coating over the beer. Just a few splotches of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Aroma has a big hit of raisin plums/prunes, and brown sugar. Some burnt sugar/ dark caramel along with a touch of grass from the hops. Just a tiny bit of metal that detracts a little but not bad altogether.
Huge hit of molassass and dark fruit in the flavor. The metal is, thankfully, not present here at all. Dark bread and fruitcaked along with a good shot of alcohol in the finish providing a pleasant warming at the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy up front but that fades rather quickly leaving just a moderate sweetness on the finish.
Overall, a nice stab at the style from Sam Adams. While this is not my favorite style overall, I do enjoy this beer and might even pick it up again sometime.
AGknights44 (16) - - SEP 15, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hot alcohol taste and bite. Not smooth. Hardly any rich malt character. Dark fruit. Not good representation of style and not enjoyable
MaroonOrange (119) - - SEP 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep amber color with almost no head. Aroma is heavy on molasses with a bit of syrup and grain. Taste matches the aroma. Sweet and thick with a smooth and warming finish and a nice lingering flavor.
HisBoyElroy (389) - Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good beer. I had really high hopes for this as I was coming off of Chocolate Bock. Not nearly as good.
tnkw01 (933) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Color was an amber, brown with a decent head. Taste was very malty, fruit cake and slightly sweet. Aroma was dried fruit, caramel, and fruit cake.
Svesse (5796) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, Monk’s Café Wallingatan, Stockholm) Dark reddish brown colour with brief, beige head. Malty, vinous nose with notes of caramel, dark bread, dried fruit and burnt rubber. Malty taste with caramel, brown sugar, raisins, prunes, roasted grain, dark bread, wort, a touch of chocolate and a gentle spicy bitterness in the finish. Almost full body, fairly sweet. Aromas were a bit harsh and vinous to start, but settled down after a while. Taste well balanced from the start. Nice one.
ajnepple (1449) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from Wilbur’s. Deep reddish brown and clear with a small, light tan head and patchy lacing. The aroma and flavor is rich with bready malts, caramel, chocolate, nutty, light vanilla, earthy and light bitterness. Pretty sweet and malty with a touch of dark fruit. Medium body with a thick syrupy feel.and a warming finish. Their original double bock was my first "big beer" (8.8%) so it was interesting to revisit this after 8 years or so.
sfontain (760) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #666. 12 oz bottle, Andersons, $2.99. Lighter garnet; frothy light brown head dissipates fairly quickly but can be slightly revived with swirling. Malty, vinous, fruity esters, toast, caramel, nutty, bubble gum. Flavor is slightly flat but similar to aroma; alcohol warmth in the exhale is shy of astringent but not by much (not bad for 9.5% abv). Oily, full, coating texture; medium carbonation is bubbly but granular. Tasty stuff. Good to see such a mass market brand producing high-tier stuff.
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of malt. They claim "subtle" hops. A little too subtle; needs a tad more to balance out the sweetness. I even tasted a hint of bourbon; probably because of the high alcohol content.
Chudwick (1706) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle - pours amber brown with ivory head and good lacing. Nose is caramel. Flavor adds molasses or some sort of natural sugars, and alcohol.very sweet. light to medium body. I think I will add this to styles I don’t get overall.