GonZoBeeR (3010) - ste-catherine, 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 (1792) - 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 (1378) - 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.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intense roasted malts/caramel/raisins/dates/alcohol/more alcohol/and brown sugar. Finishes on a surprisingly bitter note with IBU’s equal to some IPA’s. Very well done on every level. Makes for a very, VERY dangerous session brew.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Copper pour. Flavor was bold and a bit smokey. Finishes a bit bitter. Not all that interesting, but not really bad either.
Sammy (10337) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Finally tracked down at Premiere Gourmet recent shipment. Not as enjoyable as the others i have had from this brewery. The alcohol was burning me a bit in the nose, in the taste. Smooth mouthfeel, nice appearance in the glass but sourish which some like. Yes there is chocolate malt, which gave bitterness.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a murky brown with a little wisp of a head. The scent is very vinuous. Sticky sweet when it hits your lips. Tastes of dark grapes and bread. Some smooth bitterness in the end. I couldn’t believe this is 8.5% alcohol.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Compared/contrasted this one with the Ueriges Sticke. Slightly darker with a creamy head. I was struck by the aroma . . . It reminded me of something sweet, a candy from my childhood. I whiffed it again and again and gave it to my wife, explaining my inability to label the aroma. She said, "Candy Circus Peanuts." Bingo! She professes to hating those things but liked this brew nonetheless. I liked it too. Overall, heartier and sweeter than the Sticke and my preference of the two.
GregClow (3042) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo - thanks for blankboy for picking this one up for me. Very nice dark orange-amber colour with a medium sized dark cream head. Aroma is very sweet and warm, lots of caramel, malt, orange & dark fruit - really great! Full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Excellent flavour - sweet off the top, with brown sugar and caramel, moving into some roast and a hint of chocolate, and a well-balanced hoppy finish with faint citric notes. I can see why they call this a "German barley wine" - it definately reminded me of some of the better examples of that style. Fantastic stuff - I need to get me some more of this!