BeerdedDave (816) - - APR 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
deep mahogany-brown color; sweet caramel malt aroma; sweet malt flavor though fairly well balanced; caramel notes; slightly bitter finish
chinchill (2997) - South Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle in a paired tasting with Leinenkugelís Big Butt Dopplebock.
Like the Leinenkugel Big Butt Dopplebock, the aroma is more appealing than the flavor.
Feel: medium-ful body with medium-low carbonation.
O: compared to the Leinenkugel, this is more traditional, with a notably higher ABV, less caramel malt, and more bitterness. Overall, I preferred the Leinenkugel Big Butt.
Butters (3963) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear brown pour with ring of khaki head. Sweet toffee and plum nose followed by flavorful notes of raisin bread, pepper, prunes, and more toffee. finishes slightly hot with twinge of medicinal/bandaid on the tail end, but not enough to be bothered by. Decent doppel.
BVery (7959) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep cola-colored pour with a minor head. Lots of caramel and toffee sweetness in here. Malty. Pretty tasty brew.
MadRobin (2392) - Silver Spring, USA - MAR 2, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
Slightly hazy, dark rusty brown with a thin khaki head and fair lacing.
Aroma of toffee, cloves, nutmeg raisins and figs.
Taste of nutmeg, cloves, caramel, cola, raisins and toast.
Medium body and high/medium carbonization.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Jimsal27 (286) - New York, USA - FEB 26, 2015
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Found this to have a very bitter metallic aftertaste. Not sure if I just had a bad bottle or not but it was a drain pour.
Bogenschutze (1) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2015 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Frankly, Iím drunk and, from an outside-looking-in perspective, wouldnít trust my judgment (as regards rating this beer on itís 5-point scale). Nevertheless, this was my introduction to this particular beer and I found it to be EXACTLY what Iíve been searching for.....perfectly seated between Russian Stouts and brown ales.
I was also overwhelmed with the fact that itís brewed right here in Virginia (F--- Yeah!)
This beer gives me a mouth-feel and richness in between the two......and thoroughly kicked my ass after about five beers (Iím 6í1" & 235lbs)......perfect!
Not too rich (like the former)......not too thin (like the latter)...and perfectly balanced alcohol to allow me to socialize before becoming too inebriated to perform.
Okay, so if you like light beer.....take a hike; Iím obviously not talking to you. If youíre feeling "manly" and canít even begin to consider anything below "Stout" rating, good for you.....go dead-lift a castle.
But if youíve been looking for that "kick your ass" beer with a full flavor and refreshing beer taste, try this beer; it is the shiznit.
And thatís all I have tuh say about that...
TheHopster (920) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled a bottle at Markís house. Hazy brown complexion with minimal head. Not a bad choice for a winter session. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jcnielsen (2585) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a brown color with off white head. Caramel, malty, earthy aromas. Caramel, syrupy, slight toffee flavors. Drinkable, but not a favorite seasonal.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/22/2015. From bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Sweet fruity aromas with honey, malt and caramel. Sweet flavors, alcohol not showing much. Figs, malt, caramel. A nice seasonal brew.