johndoughty (4587) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark and very deceptive. A lot of beers of this strength hit you head on.This doeesn’t-what you first taste is a complex smooth very slightly chocolate
flavour.The alcohol follows. There are traces of wheat but they dont dominate. A very interesting beer,
scotty (1107) - SCOTLAND - AUG 26, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2005 A truly fantastic brew, wonderfully complex both on the nose and also on the palate, can’t start to describe the array of flavours..lovely. This obviously is a favourite with raters and I can’t say anything that hasn’t been said before. Asda £2
buddahmind (39) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Flying Pie pizza in Boise. Wow. That’s balanced complexity. Dark brown hue with a big head and nice lacing. Great Bock. Intense.
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2005
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thiis beer made me a believer in the combination of the terms "chocolate" and "beer." The smoothest brush of chocolate as an undercoating with a delightful aftertaste of cloves and fruit. A must try.
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma:mixe of wheat and caramel...
appearance:hazy dark brown,huge white head...
flavor:banana.wheat,light caramel not bad....
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a nice, dark, burnt-orange with a large, bubbly, white head. Aromas of prunes, cloves, fruitbasket, and a bit of yeast. Good doppelbock density and feel. Flavors of cloves, other autumnal spices, and bitter fruits, with a rich, spicy finish. There is ust a little bit of alcohol burn if I take a large enough sip. As the aftertaste fades, it reminds me of orange seeds.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark, murky brown with a large, bright, billowy white head. Some lacing. Aroma dominated by cloves, with hints of toffee, chocolate, and phenols. Flavor starts out like a fine doppelbock, ends on an overpowering burst of cloves. Chocolate and plum in the aftertaste. Good, but I expected more--If only it would fix appliances and door jambs.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a muddy brown. Smells of clove and yeast. Full of spice on the tongue. Cloves and banana are very evident. Some malts thown in, maybe some toffee notes as well. Nice finishing bite as well with all the carbonation going on. No way this is 8%.
Gus (29) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark with a carmal color. Somewhat of a thick, bubbly tan brown head. Very fruity, no hop aroma, followed by a clove spice smell. Taste is spicy with a wheat flavor, with bannanas and other possible fruits. Moderate fizzy carbonation with a mininal bite going dwon. The high alcohol was not noticed at all. Very smooth drinkability after the first sip. This an excellent beer. I will continue to buy this and drink again and again.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured like the picture, deep reddish brown with white head. Strong clove spice nose mixed with sour (almost sweet and sour) dark fruits and dark toasted malts. Medium body, very bubbly. The cloves are toned down on the tongue, allowing for other various flavors of smoky fruits and grains. High carbonation makes for a dry finish, but there’s a bit of a tangy aftertaste. The alcohol is masked very well-- wouldn’t have guessed 8%. Not my favorite style, but a very enjoyable beer.