bbrock81 (304) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - AUG 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy brown with a small tan head, perfect alt/doppel appearance. Aroma is super sweet, syrup, raisin, malt. Flavor is slightly less sweet, but still very syrupy, malty, dark fruit. Palate is quite nice, light carbonation. Overall a nice beer, if a bit on the sweet side. The high alcohol doesn’t really show. More of a doppel than an alt, though.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Plum and mahogany with cherry wood highlights. A boisterous tan head fades in rocky clumps and swirls just as foamy and rocky.
Cocoa powder, chocolate crisps, and graham crackers. Date and raisin pumpernickel bread. Boozy chewy maraschino cherries in the middle with a tickle of spicy heat in the back. Liquor cherry cordials.
Creamy and chewy with pulped and smashed cherries. Tannic apple and plum skins in the finish makes the tongue tingle. Spicy heat in the breath – boozed cherry cordials. Lips are sticky. Candied apples and plums. Sweet smoky chocolate along the sides. Skor bars smoldering over a fire. Dry rustic finish.
With all the spicy boozy rustic notes, I was thinking more of a barrel-aged Alt-bier…if that is even possible. There was even a hint of Samichlaus in there. Truly unique and truly delicious.
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bitterness up front, sugar and rum, a bit medicinal, and the alcohol follows it up strongly. A bitter reminder of hops stays on the back of the tongue. The smell is much nicer than the flavor.
ross (2052) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2013
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle form the long shot packs. Derf should keep his secret, because this beer was not very good. Brown color, white head, sweet as all hell. Fruity, brown sugar, some hops, huge alcohol burn. Not my favorite beer, thanks but no thanks Derf.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
A - Pours clear and dark amber in color. 1 finger of tan head.
S - Graham cracker sweetness, yeasty pie dough, dates, caramel covered nuts.
T - Figs, dates, and raisins soaked in alcohol, there’s a good amount of spiciness as well. Thin molasses and nutty caramel malts ride the middle of the fruit. Finishes with spicy alcohol bite.
M - Medium body, good carbonation, slick feel, mellow, mellow warmth.
Great job by the home brewer. This one has a very nice nose on it. A good drinker too but not as put together as the aroma. I did like the fruit esters. Well done.
Serving type: bottle
jgb9348 (4490) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich deep brown coloured body with a hint of toffee, ruby and amber tints and a thinnish tan head. Aroma of alcohol, sugars, caramel, yeast, graham crackers and a bit of pit fruit - nice. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong toasted malt flavour up front with a big metallic bitterness, some caramel, a little yeast and a strong alcohol warmth at the end. Aftertaste shows a lot of complexity with pit fruits, caramel, toasted malt and a bit of spices at the end, but perhaps a bit too much depth and pungency with metal showing through. Overall, a good and relatively complex beer with a solid flavour profile and a good representation of the style. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 01-August-2012 for US$8.99/6 pack, sampled at home in Washington on 30-April-2013.
alexsdad06 (4531) - Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a clear brown color with a small beige head. The aroma is malty, caramel, light chocolate, fruity with citrus notes. The flavor is moderately sweet, caramel, lightly toasted, citrus notes; medium plus bodied. A bit bigger than most alts.
Huhzubendah (2262) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from drabmuh. Thanks Matt.
The beer is copper colored with amber / ruby highlights and a half inch of tan head. The aroma offers candy, sugar, malt - smells sweet. The flavor brings sweet malt, candied fruit, and booze. A bit hot and sweet for my tastes, but I suppose the style calls for this, at least to a certain degree. Some plum and raisin characteristics emerge more as the beer is allowed to warm. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Overall, this was pretty good.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-16-2012
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Hazy deep amber with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, caramel, chocolate, and earthy. Tastes of earthy, caramel, toffee, chocolate, with some dark fruits. Alcohol well hidden.
italianjohn (2232) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark browish cloudy pour, thin ring of white head, light lacing ..... Aroma of caramel malts and light orange with a bitter hoppy citrusy grapefruit bite ... taste is of caramel malts light orange and bitter faded grapefruity hops nice bite with a lingering bitterness ... Warms up well ... Not bad at all abv hidden very well
Shakesbeere (212) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours an amber caramel brown with a foamy tan head. Smells of caramel malt and earthly hops with notes of fruit. Tastes of strong caramel malt with an underlying hop bitterness and alcohol flavor. The flavor balance slowly disappears by the end of the beer with the bitter and alcohol flavors dominating. It still tastes good, but it’s not perfect. Full bodied and sticky; a little heavy and dry in the finish.