SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled on date is not clear. Brown/ruby. Modest, frothy, tan head. Nose of dark fruits, roasted caramel/toffee, oats, cloves. Beautiful aroma. Same flavors with graham crackers in the middle, crisp, floral hops and subtle alcohol in the finish. Smooth, medium/full body. "German barley wine" works. Excellent brew, dangerously drinkable.
PorterPounder (5542) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Knightly Spirits, Orlando, Fl. 11.5 oz popper-stop bottle. Dark brown pour with a thin, light, off-white bubbly head. Sweet, intoxicating aroma with hints of rum, raisins and molasses. Very reminiscent of many a German Dopplebock. Flavor has some raisins, molasses, chocolate. Afraid that it might turn cloying near the end - but stays true and strong to the finish. Alcohol is noticed - but not distracting. Very thick mouthfeel - chewy. Overall, excellent.
sloth (2483) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small offwhite head, retention is good, creamy appearence with a nice stringy lace. Murky browness with a dark copper hue hidden in there. Nose is fruity, dark fruits, fig, raisin and a touch grainy, maybe some over ripe bananna notes as well. Body is medium, lightly creamy. Sweet malts, faint roast, dark fruits, caramel with chocolate notes and a light fruitiness in the medium sweet finish. 8.5%m HUH?
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cool friggin bottle. Pours a transparent brown color. small head. pungent aroma of roasted malts, and ripend fruits. flavor is sweet, starts malty, then some fruity (raisin, plum, pear etc.) flavors kick in. finishes with a sort of orange citrusy, hoppy kick. get better the more you drink. very nice layering of differant flavors. thick smooth mouthfeel. a great beer, very unique.
blankboy (6051) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a very bubbly dark amber-brown with an average size lasting foamy off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit and mild hops. Flavour -- wow, what a nice surprise! -- starts sweet with caramel malt and brown sugar followed by roasted malt and chocolate and finishes with a nice amount of hops. Medium to full bodied. I was not expecting this, it’s by far the best German beer I’ve had yet and probably the best Altbier I’ve had. Fantastic stuff!
hair-old (185) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A proprietary blend of hops and malts
makes this the benchmark high-octane
alt.DRY,smooth.What an alt should be.
Warning:May be habit forming.
GonZoBeeR (2925) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:Good burn caramel aroma...
Appearance:Dark cooper ,light head..
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a hell of a lot of notes on this one apart from the rating. Dark red brown with a little head. Lots of grassy hops. Tastes a bit like a scotch ale (?).
jaymobrown (1664) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark leather color. Cloudy with a large head foaming over. Sweet nose with a heafty dose of malt. Tastes like straight up grain feedbag. Sticks all over the mouth like a bunch of beer glue. Bitter chocolate.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
So I take this beer out of my fridge and pop the fancy ass swing top and get a blast of foam straight to the eye. At that point I decided that I was going to absolutely pan this beer. As I went to grab a glass (I don’t have one of those Kolsch/Altbier glasses so I used a Saison Dupont glass) and when I turned back around there was foam oozing from the ridiculously long neck. OoooooohhhhhI was hating. So I pour the beer and notice a rather non-offensive reddish brown color and a medium sized tan head. I give it a sniff and I’m pleasantly surprised by the hop presence that seems to compliment the sweet and malty backbone quite well. Well so much for hating on the aroma and appearance. Maybe I’ll hate the way this one tastes. I see that this could be interpreted as a German barleywine and while I do notice some similar qualities such as a high hop level to balance out a lot of sweet malts, I feel like this is closer to a strong Doppelbock in flavor. Damng good stuff. Notes of sweet cherry get dominated by a bitter finish. Interesting and challenging to the palate yet easy drinking and dangerous. Alas, I couldn’t hate on this beer at all.