DrnkMcDermott (2977) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 Vintage 2000 bottle, sampled Christmas Day, 2005. Popped the cap to get a nice, intense raisin and sherry smell. Brown body shows off well under direct light, a bit cloudy and multi-layered. Only trace of a head is a stream of bubbles around the edge. Taste, though, is deeply, deeply sugary.I can see this is the dividing point for many raters. Thick and syrupy. Have to say it does a lot of the chracteristics of beer to become more of an aperitif.
shrubber85 (10036) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Sweet dried fruit and alcohol aroma. Redish amber with no head. Cloyingly indistinct sweet flavor with strong alcohol burn finish. Too sweet for me - was thinking this could be renamed DeKuyper’s Barley Schnapps.
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Papago
Aroma of alcohol stands out. Alnong with it is a decent sweet aroma. Dark red body with good head that the alcohol takes away. Flavor has an alchol burn all the way to the belly at fisrt. Then a cherry sweet flavor balances out that alcohol. A sipping beer here not recomended for slamming.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very sweet. Dark Amber color. Not much of a head. Full bodied, low carbonation, warming alcohol sensation. This reminds me a lot of Avery’s "The Beast", though I don’t think it’s quite as good. Overall I was very pleased with it and would definitely drink it again. Recommended.
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle 12oz, 2003, ~16C, with Daniel Bilodeau]
Can be found fairly easily in Quebec. Brown ruby color. Light but creamy head that dissolves quickly. Strong sweet aroma of caramel malt and powerful alcohol but not as much as could be expected from a 14%.. Reminded me of a Tawny Colleta.
thick texture, full body, soft carbonation, long alcohol finish. Can replace a Porto anytime. I had this beer recently with a crème brulée, it was simply astonishing.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. 2001 vintage. Light brown amber, thin film of white head. Deep currant and caramel aromatics. Alcohol, sweet malt, raisin, biscuit, plum flavors. Syrupy hot finish. Mouthfeel is deep, thick and rich.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours orange with a non-existent head. It has a weak aroma, with some sweet malts and that’s about it. Damn, this beer is loaded full of alcohol! It is very sweet with a thick, syrupy mouthfeel and warms the throat as it goes down. It’s like liquid candy with some caramel malts in the smooth finish. For me, this doppelbock is just too sweet and lacks complexity.
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle. Copper with large bubbles around the edge of the glass. Aroma is all alcohol and then caramel seeps past. I loved the initial caramel flavour. Alcohol and candy sugar in the finish. Overall like a fruit liqueur.
beercollector (23) - Astoria, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On December 6 a group of 14 started a vertical tasting of these beers four from the current era and two from Hurlimann. The 2004 needs more time in the bottle. It had a good brown sugar flavor, characteristic alcohol bite, hints of raisin and a nice orange color. 2003 had a similar orange color with no head and little lacing. There was caramel hints in the aroma port and toffee flavors. This one can use more time in the bottle also. No one in the Wine and Beer Haus group had 2002 left. 2001 poured a red brown aroma had caramel, molasses, and toffee. This one had the strongest alcohol bite and an astringence. My least favorite of the new era. 2000 is developing nicely. It pours a nice brown, clear, with little head or lacing. It has a heavy malt aroma with raisin, toffee, butterscoths, mapel yrup, and bronw sugar notes. A medium body and lisck alcoholic plate. This one may reach the heights of the 1996
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a 2004 that I just had 12-10-05. Reminds me of Dogfish head 120 minute IPA in terms of strong alchohol barley wine type of sweetness. Warm finish very smooth.