zathrus13 (1733) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cooper/amber color. Aromas of sweet malt, brown sugar, and some fruit. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, and fruit. Body is full and it is very sweet. This should age nicely.
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a deep red in color w/ a nice light head and a bit cloudy.. the scent was alcohol, malt, and sweetness. The palat was acidic w/ a warm finish. The flavor was very swweet and malty w/ maybe a hint of chocolate and molasis.. some sweet fruits in the finish. Overall a good strong beer, but maybe a bit too sweet.
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 2003 vintage bottle at the Maproom in Chicago. No head and a dark amber body. The aroma is caramel and grass. Also some high quality kind and peaches. The taste is very sweet and fruity. This has apples and pears. Notes of caramel and nutmeg come out as this warms. The finish is slightly spicy.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is very sweet with a bread or cookies smell.. It pours an amber color with a small white head that dissapears quickly. The flavor is very sweet and malty with a nice warm alcohol finish. This was a difficult beer to drink.. I had to sip it slowly.. Not my favorite because I like a refreshing beer but it was very good. I have 4 more bottles of 2003 that I will age and sample in the years to come.
Pailhead (5398) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2003): Aroma is malty with fruit, light banana bread, and light chocolate. Pours a dark transparent amber with a small off-white head that diminishes somewhat quickly. Malty up front and extremely sweet maple syrup and banana bread flavors in the finish. Slight alcohol burn and flavor is there in the finish. Syrupy mouthfeel. Sweetness mellows out as it warms and becomes much more enjoyable. Alcohol also diminishes as it warms. The more I drink, the more I like it.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5250) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2011 A world classic that I keep in my cellar. I buy a case of this one and nurse it over about a 5 year time period enjoying it’s complexity as it matures. Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this brew pours a dark bronze color with a small light tan head. There is a strong aroma of molasses, rum, raisins and significant alcohol burn. There is also a hint of apple in the nose. There is a strong alcohol burn when tasting but it works well in this brew. The flavor is molasses, ripe dark fruits and almond. The beer is a bit rough on the palate but it smooths out considerably once it has a chance to breathe and warm up. Under no circumstances would I suggest drinking this beer cold as you will miss out on most of what this beer has to offer - and will merely be overwhelmed by the alcohol burn. The texture is thick and syrupy. I feel this beer should be savored slowly like a fine cognac. Exceptional.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I decent dopplebock with a strong licorice like taste to it that promises to age well. While I certainly enjoyed this one, it is not as good as older samichlaus vintages.
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2009 This is a good beer... my take on it is this... its not quite as good as some of the good comments it got, but it is noting like the bad comments it got. A dopple bock with an added candy like sweetness. You can damn sure feel the 14%... after drinking about a third of mine, I had a big smile on my face that could not be removed. I have another bottle put up that I will try next year.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 drank 12-20-04. Ruby red with no head. Fruity sweet grape like aroma. Flavor is malty grape and banana with some mollasses or brown sugar. Mouthfeel, this is the smoothest beer I have tried. Has a liitle warming feeling.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear and light amber with white head. Looks like a Maibock. Aromatic smell of heavy fruit, malt and alcohol. Very sweet. Heavy body. Under the sweetness are the flavors of a Maibock struggling to get out. The first time I had this, 15 years ago, I thought it was undrinkable. Of couse then it was Hurlimann and I was drinking Huber, so that opinion was crap. Today, I see it as not much better. DFH does a far better job balancing high alcohol beers. If if was drier it would be a world better. Use some better attenuating yeast Castle.