thebhoy (61) - Ontario, - FEB 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the LCBO. Wow, quite the beer. This one’s heavy and you definitely feel the 14% (especially on an empty stomach!). This is such a class beer right from the pour onwards. Beautiful ruby red colouring. Aroma is of caramel, a bit of bread, some coffee, a bit floral, but mostly sweet malt of caramel. This is quite a sweet beer, at times tasting closer to a Barley Wine than a Doppelbock for me. Definitely a sipper, took me a while to finish. Again, the taste is very sweet; it is malty, caramel, sweet, with a touch of doughy yeast. Overall I really enjoyed this beer and wish I had another to cellar for a couple of years to see what happens.
911lin (15) - - JUL 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Soooo sweet... and strong! It has to be an after dinner drink, with cheese and chocolate.
Pdubyah (340) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is pretty intense drinking. Lots of immediate sweet things, full thick mouthfeel and you get a sense that it’s alcohol heavy. Colour is lovely needs more carbonation. Might take a while to get to the bottom of this as it’s full on.
GoufCustom (750) - HONG KONG - JUN 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle bought at Fürstenberg in Tsuen Wan.
Looks: Clear dark amber brown colour; Very thin head and residual soapy light beige foam which fades in 10 seconds; Moderate sticky lacing and notable slight carbonation.
Aroma: Very strong sweet dark malt, with strong caramel which can be smelt as soon as it was popped, plus strong plum, strong raisins, Cognac, sugar, light butterscotch and floral nectar.
Taste: Very strong sweet dark malt, with roastiness, nuts, strong sweet caramel, toffee, Cognac, very light chocolate, strong apricot, dark fruits, very nice sugar syrup, warm alcohol, nutmegs, faint lemon, light bitter hops and very light grass.
Body: Full body. Oily palate.
Mouth Feel: It really feels like a refined version of Dubuisson’s Bush de Noël: strong dark malt with good roasty and nutty feel. Oily body. The sugar syrup is lesser burden than Samichlaus Helles, and actually less sweeter (they are both at 14% abv, so this is a plus!); Full flavour of liqour-like apricots and dark fruits soaked in light Cognac, topped with nutmegs and spices. This is some sophisticated stuff!
Alcohol: The booze is even more refined than that of Samichlaus Helles. It get warmer, but very gradually. Whereas the Helles give you an instant winter warmer vibes and, you don’t feel the 14% booze most of the time, a tell-tale sign of a great brew!
Hoppiness: No aroma; faint lemon and thin grass in taste. Bittterness is notable, light but strong , enough to give the syrup a run for the money for a astringent spike in the middle palate (i.e, sweet -> bitter -> sweet), ended in strong sweet-bitter spikes finish.
After Taste: Wet. Nice sweet and Cognac-like to mouth.
Comments: This is one top beer, period. It bear quite a lot of similiaries with Bush de Noël, but it surpasses the latter with humanities - good roastyness, gradually warm booze, sweet but not so sweet malt syrups, loaded liquor-ish apricots and dark fruits. Could the choice of roast dark malt makes it a far better taster than Samichlau Helles? Maybe, but one thing’s for sure: for experienced beer tasters, this is a real treasure to savour and for the casual drinkers, this is a lady-killer. Salute!
Lele (84) - ITALY - JUN 23, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Una birra potentissima, nel vero senso della parola. E’ la birra dal corpo piů strutturato che abbia assaggiato finora (direi quasi denso). E’ decisamente maltata, quasi liquorosa. Da meditazione, da bere comodamente seduti sul divano, assaporandola molto lentamente. Un esperienza da non perdere...
adster (120) - HUNGARY - JUN 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vörös színű főzet, melynek habja szinte alig van, ennél az alkoholfoknál ezen meg sem lepődhetünk. Tekintélyt parancsolóan hömpölyög a pohárba és közben közelebbi kontaktus nélkül is árasztja magából illatfelhőit. Ebben aztán van minden: likőrös, konyakmeggyes édesség, duplabakos pörkölt jelleg, erdei gyümölcsök jelenléte. Mézédes ital, melybe különböző piros gyümölcsök és pörkölt maláta aromái keverednek. Sörhöz képest valóban arczsibbasztóan erős, különleges megkoronázása lehet az ünnepi estéknek.
Mainuh_man (51) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2014 0.33l bottle. Pours a deep red with virtually no head. Really complex and rich aromas. Cough syrup, pleasant burnt sugar, butterscotch, vanilla, alcohol. Immediately sweet with cherry and raisin flavors, these give way to a really nice, rich toffee flavor in the middle which lingers for a long time. Middle also has some vanilla Just enough hop bitter to balance out the sweetness, leaving a warm, alcohol flavor in the chest (and the head). Full body with a thick mouth feel, and cloying sugars. Overall, really complex and sweet beer. Couldn’t drink too many of these, but as a desert beer, sehr lecker. As far as doppelbocks go, this is one of the best I’ve had.
cobaink2 (49) - seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from beer junction. No head on this pour. Very reddish appearance. On first sip a molasses and vanilla oak taste. Some slight sour notes. Pretty good beer . Hard to nail the style.
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Philym (925) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Clear ruby with cm thick beige head.
Aroma: Stewed fruit, vinous, spiritous, aniseed, treacle, golden syrup, mint.
Taste: Medium sweetness, low/medium bitterness and low sourness.
Palate: Thick smooth texture, medium body, average carbonation, lingering dry, sweet, spiritous, spicy treacle, syrupy finish with alcohol warmth.
Comments: Good. Quite sweet verging on a liqueur.
Smurf2055 (1394) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours ruby to mahogany minimal head
Smell super red fruit, toffee licorice
Taste sweet boozy, smooth, thick creamy cherry, alcohol on finsih
Mid to full
14% very well hidden, hard to drink the whole thing
r464 (1883) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep brownish copper with a quickly fading head. Deep raisin, fig, and plum flavors with a malty undertone. The alcohol content is there for sure, but not biting or harsh. Long, smooth finish.