Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 14, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear, coppery-amber with a one-finger tall, off-white head. Spotty flecks of lacing. The initial aroma is coconut and malt. As it opens up I get some toast and some light perfumy notes. Maybe some strawberry? Weird. Flavor has a medicinal, cough syrup quality to it. Light caramel too. Mouthfeel was thin yet oily and somehow it finished super dry. This thing was a mess.
pistolpete (203) - USA - MAY 21, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle...nice pour dark brown pour... super sweet and a little too much in that area.... the whole series seems a little too sweet.... dissapointing
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear dark copper - almost ruby, with bubbly head that dissipates. Weak aroma f malt, slightly sweet, a little caramel, some ripe fruit/raisin.
Medium bidy with medium fluffy carbonation. Salty on the tip of the tongue, which carries through the palate. A little bit of sweetness of ripe fruit and raisin again, alcohol is very evident and reminiscent of rum. Somewhat one-dimensional, too salty, and alcohol is a little overwhelming. Leaves a puckering on the back of the tongue like tart red wine.
jcr (2096) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2009
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Deep amber body, clear. Short off-white head, mostly diminishing. Thick malty aroma of caramel, molasses, bread, vanilla. The flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes moderately to heavily sweet, lightly bitter and boozy. Medium to full body, chewy texture, moderately carbonation. This is a malt bomb without much finesse or balance. Cloyingly sweet with a chalky mouthfeel in the finish.
17thfloor (2412) - 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 isnít 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.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle, thanks to 17thfloor. Clear, magony-brown with small, light beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, cola-like, some roast, caramel and some mollases, hairspray. Big mollases, alc, caramel, burnt brown sugar, a lot of sweetness. Medium to full body and creamy. A lot of sweetness with this dirty burnt malt with an almost burnt, spiced wine quality that is similar to glug or possibly a spiced tea.
eaglefan538 (2802) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 4, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from SL. Poured copper brown with a pretty clear body, weak head. The aroma was bubble gum, chocolate, molasses, caramel, light smoke/roast. The flavor was bubblegum initially, chocolate, molasses, some dark fruits (raisins), caramel, finishing with some smoke. Seetness and alcohol were both prominent in this one, too strong for a "lager" of this style. Drinkable, but nothing impressive.
3fourths (7526) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - MAY 21, 2009
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Clear tawny copper colored body. Filtered. Nose is just consumed by this bubble-gum saccharine and overly sweet caramel malt. Simple nose. Thick, viscous and frothy, for sure, but flavor is consumed by this saccharine caramel and toffee malt, far too sweet, moderately astringent. Bad stuff all around. Terrible execution.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 26, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled. Poured brown with a light brown head. Aroma was soil, other earth notes, and soggy bread. Flavor was sweet malt, bread, and caramel. Slightly syrupy with a medium body.
Sledutah (3629) - Utah, USA - JAN 28, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Pours dark copper with a small white head the dissipates very quickly, no lacing
Aroma: Sweet malts, caramel, raisen
Taste: Sweet malts, raisins, some hop bitterness. The finish just leaves a sticky sweet taste in my mouth
Wow, what a mess this beer is. Way to sweet, my mouth and lips are sticky sweet with sweet malts and sugar. Glad I didnít buy a 6-pack. Iím going to get a IPA next to get the sweetness out of my mouth.