nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Brewery. Deep crimson pour with a tan head. Aroma of light lemon & citrus w/ bready caramel malt. Flavors had a good amount of caramel, bready malt, light yeast, candied fruit, with tinges of smoke. Medium/thick body, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel, sweet/malty/smoky with a malty/sweet finish.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery on 6/23/07: Pours a transparent dark amber mahogany with a nicely-lacing frothy light tan head. Sweet sugary dark caramel German malty nose has a hint of light fruits and dough. Starts thick and dark caramely sweet with some toffee and authentic German lager yeastiness with a hint of mildly tart light fruits before a sticky, grainy caramel finish that hides the alcohol well. A good doppelbock.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: Anniversary One
clear dark ruby red, frothy tan head,
light sweet dark caramel malt aroma,
big sticky body,
lots of sweet dark caramel and munich malt flavor, caramel candy sweetness,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Brewery: Amber ruby color, white nice head and lacing. Nose of bright fruit and alcohol, a dark malt and ethanol fest. The flavor is sweet and chewy with raisin and plum, nice caramelly cherry and honey. Grapes and alcohol, cotton candy, nice beer.
decaturstevo (5393) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewery after RBSG tour. A ddp amber pour wht a light tan head. A slight hint of malty brown sugar on the nose. An interesting malty drink with alot of sweetness and a presence of abv. Mouthfeel is as soldi as the flavor. Carbonation is excellent. If you like a sweet beer you will love this offering.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Surly brewery, RBSG 2007. Clear reddish brown with a tan head. Malty, sweet nose, light berry and an odd fruitiness I can’t nail down. Very sweet flavors of malt, fruit, light wood, caramel and light citrus. I’ve been on a bit of a sweet beer kick lately - this fit the bill well!
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the RBSG Surly tour (thanks Omar) I had tried this when it first came out and wasn’t a big fan, but either I had a bad day a few months back, or it has mellowed because it was very nice. Nice sweet nose with hints of raisens, mollases, and caramel. Very nice sticky mouthfeel with a great balance of light hoppiness so the sweetness doesn’t overwhelm.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2007 This actually looks sweet. The body is a blend of dark red, grainy mahogany and shimmering gold. A creamy beige head tops the body and fades slowly, never fully. The aroma is very sweet and moderately alcoholic. Notes of various citrus and nuts are dwarfed by looming ethanol. Anise and vanilla in fleeting clumps. Caramel is pleasant, as is a sturdy hop profile. Light toast conncludes the sensory delve. The alcohol is also too prominent in the flavor. Incredibly heavy sweetness throughout. Other than that, the flavor is lightly bitter and quite good. Caramel and grain notes are top notch. Finishes cloying, sticky and warm, caramel lingering a short while. The mouthfeel is velvety and substantial. Good carbonation level, medium-full body, incredibly sticky and clinging. Just too sweet to be thoroughly enjoyable. This beer screams of quality ingredients, that’s a great plus.
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draft, courtesy of Omar) Pours a clear burgundy body with a creamy medium-sized beige head. Aroma of citrus, nuts, and maple syrup. Flavor of caramel, raisins, plums, and dark malts.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great Taste 2009. This has aged marvelously well, and my first thought was that this was not a doppelbock, but perhaps an old ale. Lots of dark fruit and dried fruit on the aroma and on the palate. It finished incredibly smooth. Nicely done, and good to see it again after a few years hiatus.