NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Maria’s. Pours a deep brown, nearing black with a tan head. Nose is quite fruity, low caramel type notes. Very low hops. Very clean. On tasting, on the fruitier and sweeter side. Low molasses and caramel, nice dry finish. Very clean and crisp. Some alcohol warming. Solid.
HonkeyBra (3528) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Beer Market in Bolingbrook, IL. Pours a hazed copper with a medium biege head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, mild fruitiness. Flavor is clean and crisp with a nice mild sweetness, some fruitiness. Full bodied, with medium carbonation. Finishes with a bit of warming booze. Nice.
DuffMan (7032) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Farmhouse. Gorgeous deep ruby colour, thin off-white head. Low aroma, sugary bread and sweet red fruits. More flavour than aroma, with bready caramel, sponge toffee, and light marzipan. Tasty, but a bit sweet.
HelmutKS (21) - USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served in a chalice at the tap room.
A doppelbock with a bit of a Martin Luther backstory? Slide one down here, barkeep! This stuff pours a clear sunset auburn topped by a half-finger of lightly-glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts, toffee, light walnut, very light maple syrup, and a bit of straight barley. The taste holds notes of caramel, toasted biscuit, burnt sourdough, light walnut, and light oak. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice d-bock. Though nothing all that special, it is a more-than-pleasant little lager for these colder temps, especially with the first snow of the season coming down out there right now (right, San Diego?).