Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of my absolute favorite beers. I drink it often. I have gotten a growler of it, I have it on tap every time I go to Victory, but this is the first time I have had it from a bottle at home. Thanks to tgbljb for the trade. It does seem to have a more sharp Hop profile in the bottle than it did on-tap, it is not quite as ‘smooth and mellow’, this time. Nonetheless, one of my favorite beers.
Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark amber brown. Translucent but thick.
Smell: Rich caramel and brown sugar malts.
Taste: It is incredibly sweet but then it is nicely balanced with a speckling of sharp hop bitterness. Brilliant! There is a complex web of flavors that make up the sweetness including plums black cherries birch caramel a bit of granny smith apple and some white grape. WOW!
Mouthfeel: This beer has a very full and hearty mouthfeel but it is not heavy. It is somehow both a mouthful and remarkably medium bodied with a very slick oily texture that tastefully slides down my throat (quite rapidly in fact).
Drinkability: If I had to choose a beer to live of of for the rest of my life this is one that would suit me just fine! I love it! I could drink it all night and never tire of it. The ABV will catch up to you so it would not quite qualify as a session beer even though it has an EXEPTIONAL drinkability IMO.
Hope this is helpful.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a nice and clear reddish copper, topped by a quarter inch of soft beige foam. Okay head retention and a little lacing. Maple and brown sugary sweet aroma.
Nice rich malt flavor, with an earthy maple presence. Not as sweet as I expected from the aroma. Some tannin-like bitterness around the edges. Nice balance.
Full body, solid carbonation, a delightful tea-like aftertaste. This beer is a pleasure to drink.
jlf278 (287) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
tons of fruit on the nose, apples, some honey and a bunch of alcohol...faintly vinous. pale redddish brown, glows brightly not opaque. Pours with a nice head, some retention. Very full body, creamy, luscious, perfect carbonation.
Tastes of caramel, roasty malt, a bit of cream and coffee. Very warming, moderate complexity. Love this beer.
donttreadonme (91) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Notes of bittersweet chocolate, kinda tastes like one of those funky dark chocolate cookies...full bodied and slightly creamy...delicious
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, courtesy of master trader Jeffin, thanks so much bud! Tawny reddish maple, clear and dark, with a thick taupe head and bit of lacing...superb, complex aroma, principally of caramel and old port with touches of latte and orange cream, and later on baked pears, just wonderfully rich and decadent...body, too is rich, silky smooth and luscious without cloying, a chocolate-caramel malted milkshake always hinting at espresso bitterness that finally makes its presence felt at the finish...if there is a problem, it is that the richness is overwhelming; I could never drink two of these at a sitting, though I’m awfully glad for the one!
ttutony (586) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium brown in the glass. Aroma of chocolate malt and toasted grain. Very smooth on the palate with rich chocolate malt flavor. Slight smokiness. Wonderful.
chronictonic (463) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
yummmm - a bit thinner on the palate than I remember but still a kick ass Doppelbock. Sweet, malty yet with enough hops to not be overly syrupy. As someone else noted it was lacking a bit on aroma, but I might attribute that to the over chilled temp. it was served at where I had it.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - APR 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A really pleasant doppelbock, but a very light one. I'd actually consider it a bock. Didn't taste the alcohol at all.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish/brown clear, tan head, strong malt aroma with a hint of hops, flavor is intensely rich and malty, sweet, finish is light and slightly astringent... however not unpleasant... quite a good beer.
SeamusNeko (45) - Anacostia, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Setting: Served in a sample cup at the Michael Jackson Beer tasting held at RFD’s.
Appearance: A slightly murky cherry red/burgundy colored liquid topped by a light tan head that dissipated to a small ring of foam. No real lacing of note was left.
Aroma: Aromas of prunes, cherries, assorted fruits, and caramelized malts beckon you, sirenlike, to sip upon their goodness.
Flavor: Mesmerized by the siren-song of the nose, a hearty quaff gives you sweet and dark caramel malt flavors with a hint of smokiness lingering in the background.
Palate: Solid medium body. Nice and crisp.
Overall: A lovely and contemplative beer. One to quaff while poring over the Old Testament or maybe Homer, I’d say. I’d have no problems drinking a decent amount of this stuff.
Marginalia: In a total beer geek moment, and I blame Randall th’ Enamel Animal for this, I was able to pick out the rauch malts used in this. It’s such a small amount of rauch that you’d be hard pressed to taste it if you didn’t know beforehand. I "blame" Randall for this since all the other taste receptors in my mouth were still reeling from Randallized 120 Minute IPA. The only thing that I could taste with assured clarity was smoke.