Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Garnet-brown body with scant tan head. Aroma is hot, sweet, with some caramel and rum, but not particularly appealing. Palate is pretty sticky and thin. Tastes better than it smells. The bready malts come out but are easily overshadowed by booze and sugary sweetness. Was expecting much better.
Oakes (13593) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Beautiful bright mahogany. Not much head. Syrupy and vaguely nutty aroma. Sweet and simplistic, with only hints of brown bread buried under a relatively caramelly body. Probably a bit too sticky for me.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 4, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Had from 12oz bottle. Pours dark brown with slight tan head and good lacing. Aroma is heavy smoked malts, some coffee, and alcohol. Taste is alcohol, lots of malts, and a nice hop bite at the finish. A bit disappointing, had expected something a bit more complex and less medicinal.
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours haxy brown, thin white head. Not much of an aroma, thick sweet malt on the tongue. Oddly put together version of the style, same as the stout.
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 (2365) - 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.
coachd (337) - Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2014
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I’m not a huge Sam Adams fan, but thought I would try this one on a whim. Pours a very pretty amber color with tan foam - huge bubbles at the surface. Aroma is malt and a little skunkiness from the hops, but mostly malt. Not a very complex or pleasant scent. The taste is a little better; malty, light and drinkable for 9.5% ABV. I wanted a stronger taste; this is a little weak. Palate is decent, goes down smooth but has a weird metallic aftertaste. I won’t be getting this again, perhaps it’s the style but to me this is just a watered down Oktoberfest.
17thfloor (2437) - 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.