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Swashbuckler Skull Splitter Doppelbock

Swashbuckler Skull Splitter Doppelbock
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
This Ale will surely awaken any dead taste buds lingering upon thy pallet after your last sip of coffee! This German-Style Strong Lager will not actually split your skull wide open, but will remind you that you're drinking an ale. The predominant flavor of toasted Munich Malts, with a slight hint of caramel and chocolate makes for as flavorful a brew as the Brew Master at the Swashbuckler can concoct. With an alcohol by volume content of 10.5%, one will do you well!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Draft at Manheim, 4Q10. Pours hazy brown with medium head. Nose is earthy, nutty, malty. Flavor is bold, complex, with malt, earthy nuttiness, some backup hops, and a smooth palate with very well hidden alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11653) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2007
On tap at the PA Renaissance Faire. Billed as the Skull Annihilator. Served in a platic cup. Poured a deeper and cloudy brownish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, nutty, vanilla, and grains. Tastes of caramel, nutty, citrus, grains, and fruity. Smooth body with the alcohol content hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 23, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2006 Draught @ PA Renaissance Faire (as Skull Annihilator). Pours a translucent brown/orange/copper with a creamy off white head. Aroma of sweet grains, malts, caramel and some vanilla. Flavor was sweet and malty with some dark fruits, hints of banana, citrus and light yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2006
On tap at the PA Renaissance Faire(as Skull Annihilator). Appears a dark brown with a red hue when held to the light. The large, off-white head fades into a mild, 1/4" head. Tons of lace is sprayed all over the glass. Smell is malty, grainy, with hints of caramel, cocoa, and a touch of vanilla. Taste is of the mentioned aromas. Perhaps a bit of a blandness that could be a bit better but not bad. Mouthfeel is slightly unrefined but balanced for the most part with brown sugar and hop bitterness. Medium bodied with fine CO2 levels and a creaminess that comes out as it warms. This one actually gets better as it warms with mild traces of bananas and nut flavors that arise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
freekyp (1949) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2006
This is a big beer. The nose is redolent of toasty caramel malt and the alchohol is not at all hidden. Sweet and malty throughout, this beer ends with a quick upturn of bittering hops at the very end of the swallow, offsetting what might otherwise be an unruly sweet ending. Well crafted and easily in the league of its traditional German counterpart, a the caramel aftertaste lingers long and welcome.

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