Leighton (15331) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had some on draft at the Pony Bar in NYC. Good beer this. Pours a copper-red with a fine white head. Nice malty aroma with earthy notes. Flavor is crisp with notes of caramel and a nice malt backbone. Finishes clean and slightly warming from the ABV.
Oakes (13961) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2008
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bright golden-amber colour. Toasty, deep earthy caramel nose. Rich bitterness. Toasty, lots of flavour, late alcohol. But it’s really messy, not bocky. Like the name I supposed but why would I want to drink that?
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served on draft at Tyler’s Taproom in Durham. Lighter color than expected. Golden amber with nearly no head. Aroma is roasted malts and spicy hops. Resiny hops in the taste with wheat and banana notes. Full bodied.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Source: Summits - Woodstock
Appearance: clear amber, wispy beige head, bits of lace,
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma with soft floral hops,
Flavor: sweet caramel candy malt flavor, lots of floral hops, light balancing bitterness with a light bitter finish,
Overall: the swetness of a bock with the hops of an ESB
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2008
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tap at Barcade. Amber pour with almost no head at all. The aroma is lightly sweet and malty with lots of pale malt character and loads of alcoholic peppery aroma as well. The flavour is really terrible. Initially a thin bodied peppery booziness that is followed by a really harsh sort of herbal bitterness. It’s very hoppy, but using some sort of high-alpha, low flavour hops. I can’t believe that SN released this crap. It’s just a high-octane booze-fest.
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. Pours a burnt orange with quick disappearing head. Aroma is light malts, light citrus & muted hops. Taste is some sweet caramel malts followed by bitter hop burn. Sweetness stays after the slow burn leaves. Strange for a dopplebock.
after4ever (6925) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Crystal clear bright medium golden amber. Thin, loose white head. Sharp boozy nose, lots of earth and dry leaves there as well. Crisp, light, slightly fizzy body. Twang, diacetyl, earth, and dry leaves on the mid-palate, along with some salt. Not much happening here, none of it much good.
riversideAK (5830) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is pretty fragrant and perfumey with some citrus and doughy malts. Golden pour with a nice head and sticky lacing. Moderately sweet and malty - like cookie dough with some floral and citrus hops in the finish too. Creamy body, nice hoppy finish.
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear brown, thin beige head. Smells like toast, and maybe a hint if chocolate, I guess. Flavor is, well a little on the bland side, with some smooth malts and a subtle hop bite at the end.
notalush (5513) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Barcade - clear copper beer - this beer is all booze - the aroma is alcoholic, floral and sweet - thin-bodied for such a strong beer, and as a result, the alcohol shows even more - boozy, barleywine-like character, but without the complexity to back it up - fairly strong hoppiness, typical of this brewer, but it does nothing to help it - finish of hops, sugar, vodka - this is a mess.