dmac (4080) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle from Spirits Brick. Poured a thick hazy orange/brown with an average sized creamy beige head. Aroma of choclate, caramel, cherry. The palate if full and syrupy with average to stronger carbonation and noticable heat, a bit to thick. Flavor isnít as good as the aroma and a bit fruitier, notes of yeast, cherry, dark fruit skins, caramel and wet toast. Meh, a bit to big on this one.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed 9/02. 12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a dark ruby color with a bit of clarity, but nothing too impressive. The head is a one finger cream color with acceptable retention.
S: Darker fruits, caramel, and a bit of chocolate. A *very* nice aroma, but a rather typical one.
T: Caramel to start, giving way to a midtaste full of toffee and chocolate, while the finish is fruity and lightly grassy. The aforementioned back end has a nice crispness to it for such a big beer. Quite enjoyable, but it could be even better with a little more in the way of malt complexity.
M: Creamy smooth and moderately thick, like any good doppelbock should be. The booze is faintly noticeable, but it never comes close to detracting from the experience. Itís not the most drinkable brew, but itís a very pleasant sipper in general.
O: I feel like it could have a little bit more in the way of drinkability, but it still does a good job of ticking all the doppelbock requirements with aplomb. A damn good brew in general; one of SAís finest regular offerings.
larsniclas (5635) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at SBWF-11
Deep amber. Bubbly tan head.
Sweet and malty with creamy toffee. Slightly sugary.
Lubiere (10139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dirty hazed brown bock with a thin mocha head. In aroma, loads of dark fruits, cherry liqueur, musty and powdery character, a bit cloying. In mouth, a sweet caramel and cherry drink, with warming alcohol, a bit lacking in body, but overall, interesting.
bth122 (1290) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a cloudy brownish color, medium head with some dissipation. Joyful, plentiful aroma of caramel style malt, cocoa, wood notes. Has a light sweetness and some nice light bitter. Medium-heavy bodied at least. Ave carbonation. Warming alcohol. Long finish. Tons of malt on the taste, slight notes of dark fruit (like a barley wine) also. This is meal. Yum!
RobertDale (3557) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours dark amber with a small biege head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and yeast. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, and some dark fruit. and yeast. Some alcohol comes through. Thought a bit too sweet.
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Very sweet bread tasting. Very thick mouthfeel. Carbination is nice. The color was a mahogany with a thin tan head.
alexanderj (3318) - Branson, Missouri, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; poured a vibrant red color with a large, off white head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, wine, earth, sugar and caramel. Initial flavor didnít strike me as the style; then, dark fruit and caramel. Slight of sweetness and earthy. Solid beer.
DrSilverworm (6575) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Clear red / brown color. Little off-white / khaki head. Lightly smokey toasty malts. Caramel. Little sweet taste, some bitter. Good, smooth lighter carbonation. Little dark fruit aroma. Not much alcohol taste for 9.5 ABV, thatís a plus.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours bright Brown with a medium tan head. Aroma and flavor are big caramel and yeast that ends very fruity.