YogiBeera (2475) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice brown-mahagony colored beer with a small layer of a head leaving laces on top. Decent alcohol, malt and honey syrup and smoked nose. Lot’s of almond too! Yummie honey, dark grapes taste with a nice hoppy kick that roles over your tongue. Pepper and Cloves finsh that lasts long.
pivo (2566) - GERMANY - OCT 8, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Why this is easier for me to get in NJ than in Germany, I’ll never know. Actually, I heard it’s not available in Germany. Go figure. Anyway, this has all the maturity and sophistication of a German brew, as expected. Sweet malt nose of syrup and berry. Dark amber color, low beige head. Caramel tastes with candied figs in the middle. Strong peppery and hops end to counter the heavy malt body. Good balance. Hops are on equal footing with the malt. Leaves a lollipop-like dollop of sugary sweetness on the lips through the glass. Warming alcohol effect too. Yeah!
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright brown color with a moderate bone colored head. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, sugar cookies and mild noble hops(floral) aromas. I am quickly smitten by the complexity of the flavors. The brewing method seems to come out fully. Starts with a floral and malt sweetness and moves to an earthy tobacco and light cola flavor. Finish has currants and raisins drifting about. A mild oak bitterness kicks in late. This shares some qualities with HotD Adam. A thinking type brew that makes one ponder the ingredients and the brewing method, but I couldn’t handle more than one at a setting.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong caramel malt aroma with plenty of citrus-grapefruit and floral, soapy hop tones. Opaque ruby brown with immense, fluffy, off-white head that recedes slowly leaving traces all over the glass. Caramel and floral malts are strong with some roastiness and strong finishing bitterness. Big, bold and malty with an equally assertive bitterness and plenty of flavour to balance them out – maple, fig, date, molasses, cashew nuts. Somewhat mineralic in the finish. Full, rich and velvety in the mouth with lively effervescent carbonation that awakens the taste buds. Mild alcohol warming. Tulip glass, allowed to warm from fridge temp. Bottle (Bello Vino, Ann Arbor, Jul-05).
badgerben (4405) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark mud color with a thin head. Wow was this incredibly boring. No discernable aroma and the taste was just slightly sweetened malt. Sad.
Geiserich (3392) - Linz, AUSTRIA - SEP 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2014 Bottled: Dark brown color, brownish head. Thick consistence. Aroma is malty and sweet. Notes of molasse, dark fruits, candis and sugar. Flavor is malty sweet, fruity, notes of raisins, cacao powder, chocolate, caramel and sugar. Well hopped end.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper mahogany pour has a thin, wispy white head. Aroma is full of sweet earthy caramel toffee with a touch of piney hops. Body starts thick and sweet with good complexity and lots of malt with a touch of German hops. A nice, authentic, malty, sipping beer.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, brown pour with some slight orange. Huge sweet caramel / molasses aroma, and some fruits, mostly darker, but also hints of something grape-ish to me. Syrupy sweet molasses and rich caramel malts make up most of the flavor, with some more darker fruits like prunes coming in. Didn’t seem very bitter to me, but as with the beers with bigger grain profiles, the IBUs can appear deceivingly hidden.
Ratman197 (9870) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear dark copper with a large amber head. Aromas of dark fruit, molasses, and a hint of carmel. Palate was medium body and slightly syrupy. Flavors of black cherries, molasses, and maple with a dry warming finish.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Translucent caramel brown in color with spittle-like streaks for the head. Aroma reveals rich and sweet malts, producing characteristics of caramel, maple, brown sugar, light molasses and salty pecans. Innocuous and enticing aroma. Flavor rush hits at the onset. Rich, syrupy sweetness with a stainless steel twang on the backend. Caramel and maple go to town, with a sweet malt profile drawing on the "doppel" part of its namesake. Medium-to-fuller body and sticky on the palate. You’d never guess there were 75 IBUs. Nutty maple fudge finish with a liquefied brown sugar aftertaste. Thanks to my Secret Santa (kujo9) for this one!