kepano (249) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 15, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloyingly sweet with severe alcohol burn. Did not enjoy this one very much.
auerbrau (3197) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003. Nice brandy clear pour, topped with a little whitish head. Aroma is rich and clear with sweet mellowed apple, rum, and raisins. Flavor is likewise. Strong caramel and rich cream continue through the run. More rum and raisins, and unfortunately a little of that sherry flavor that means the beer might have had some improper storage. Alcohol is omnipresent and stinging. Overall the beer is pretty one dimensional, I guess I would have expected something more nuanced. Finish is sugary, with a cloying aftertaste. Nice, but simple.
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 2004 Vintage. Bronze amber beer with no head. Spicey/malty aroma with some alcohol notes. Creamy malts with alcohol. Sherry and some fruitiness (berry, fig/date). Caramel and melon as it warms. A lot going on.
orimo (19) - tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 6, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
this is too strong for me.
i could not imagine what kind of dishes are better for this beer.
first gulp was still nice. but next gulps were heavy....
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, opulent copper with some bubbling excitement in the glass. Aroma is apples and caramel. Flavor proceeds to be heavy and sweet. Thick, caramel, pecans, apples and light figs. Reminds me of their other doppelbock, but this one’s a little less cloying.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2009 Bottled in 2004, drinking this one fresh to see if it is worth cellaring. 11.2oz bottle. Served at 51.9° in my NB worthy glass. The color is dark coppery red with some dark orange highlights and smallish head that dissapears completely, except for a few bubbles, very quickly. The beer lingers on the glass, creating a wide alcohol film. The aroma is brown sugar, lots of malt, alcohol, and an undeterminable fruit ( a lighter one.) The taste is very sweet and mildy spicy to start, with notes of maple syrup and caramelized turbino sugar with a fiery hot and peppery mid-taste and an ending of lingering alcohol heat (moderate), toasty malty sweetness, and spicy/pepper. Nice body, but the 14% alcohol that keeps it from getting cloying, at least now, is a little out of whack, just too much, really more like an eisbock, a rough one at that. 7/3/6/3/15 3.4
2003 bottle 5+ years old. I have been cellaring this one for a while, lets hope it paid off. Dark amber color with a wispy head. Nice malt, toffee and caramel nose. Very aged barleywine-like. Huge bodied with a pronounced, but not overbearing, alcohol finish. Nice flavor, lots of melanodin rich malt, dulce de leche, and warming alcohol. There seems to be a little oxidation. The score will raise quite a bit. Score reflects this bottle.
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at The Porterhouse, Dublin. This is some crazy shit. Enormous nose of fruits and alcohol. One sip warms you immediately, with flavors of hot fruits, spice, syrup, and molasses. Nice sipping beer, but I’m glad I shared the bottle with someone. A few ounces make a nice dessert alone, but a whole bottle would need some food to go with it. Very interesting, but a little too close to Kool-Aid for my tastes.
Sregnar35 (1031) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2005 2001 vintage. Had this one early on in my beer drinking life, but thoroughly enjoyed it. Very much a late night sipper. Recently had 2003 vintage on tap, and it was amazingly smooth and creamy compared to the bottle. Recently had 04 on tap, excellent. 95 bottled, extremely smooth and warm, this stuff gets better and better.
scotty (1107) - SCOTLAND - JUN 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 vintage. No head, quite hazy. Big fruity nose, yup! raisins are there and quite a hit of alcohol too. Palate is immediately warming and wow! that alcohol hits the brain cells in record time! Smooth and packed with a complex array of flavours, ranging from spicy fruit to caramel & molasses, the finish just goes on..& on... Not the experience I was led to expect but an interesting glass nevertheless, perhaps a tad too alcoholic for me, ruins the balance slightly.
mephisto (1278) - TAIWAN - JUN 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottled. complex aroma that is characterized by toffee and caramel w/ hint of sweetness. very lightly carbonated. needless to say, full bodied. it would actually be quite drinkable if it’s not that sweet.