BMan1113VR (7880) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from someone at the BA Decadence release tasting line. Pours with a light brown head and a hazy amber body underneath. Aroma is malty with wheat and raisins. Taste is alcohol, caramel and raisins. Watery mouthfeel for the ABV.
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of BOLTZ7555. Pours a deep oxblood with a one finger tan head that results in spotty lacing. The nose is caramel malt and dark fruits. The taste is brown sugar, sweet dark fruit and booze. Light to medium bodied. Ok, a bit hot and sweet. Thanks Jason!
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted from a bottle at the BA Decadence 07 release today. Pours reddish with a tan head. Nose is sweet with some malts. Taste is sweet and overall ok, but some par.
17thfloor (2434) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2009
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle labeled "Imperial Series Double Bock" 9.5%. Pours a very clear but darker glowing copper color with a fine fizzy beige head that fades quickly. Very sweet roasty aroma, raisins and toffee, slight grassy. Very sweet without any of the dark roasty qualities I want in a doppelbock. Sugary smooth body that is dull in the mouth with soft very large carbonation. Very hot, too much alcohol, quite boozy without any indication of cohesion. Syrupy feeling left in the mouth. Not much in the way of smoky, chocolate or coffee flavors. Maybe a bit of chocolate is buried under the hard alcohol. Hard to swallow. The initial flavor isn’t too bad, however, the aftertaste makes one gag. Holy hell that medicinal finish/aftertaste is horrid. Another reason why craft beer should be produced by craft breweries.
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brownish amber color with a creamy tan head. Mild aroma of toffee and coffee. Roasted oaky flavor with a hints of passion fruit, toffee and a real light trace of chocolate. Medium malty body with a slightly dry finish.
cheap (4278) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2009
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 Nice thin creamy head. Friendly yeasty aroma. Strong bock initial flavors. Alky is certainly apparent. Decent carbonation. Color is orange red brown. Medicinal coarse alky laced finish.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle purchased from Frugal MacDoogal’s in Nashville. Poured a deep amber color with a one finger tan head. The aroma was caramel malt, roasted malt and nuts. The flavor was sweet, with a light earthy hop finish. This was an average beer.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, sample in a plastic cup. Pours dark amber with a small tan ring of foam. Aromas of light roasted malt, caramel, and a bit of nuts. Flavors of sweet malts up front, caramel, light chocolate, and light hops in the finish. Plate is smooth and medium bodied.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 o bottle - Pours a medium deep red color with a smallish light tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is full of slightly toasted caramel, bit nutty, notes of lime zest, faint milk chocolate, touch of oak. Flavor has chewy malts, toastyness, caramel, raisens, toasted oak. Finish is balanced just on the sweet side. Overall a decent brew. Nothing earthshattering, but good for the style.
JaBier (5066) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the Sam Adams tasting at Blacklick Wine and Spirits on 3.5.09. Pours clear medium brown with a medium tan head. Sweet malty aroma with a touch of nuts. Malty flavor with some alcohol and not much else going on. Not bad, but pretty boring and kind of a letdown.