otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: mahogany with ruby and browns bordered by a bubbly collar. Swirls with khaki head, tannish, and lace.
Nose: woody, dry, dead leaves. Old leather and a touch stale. Musty. Mild overall but the pervasive stale old mustiness is an attribute, not a detriment.
Palate: thin with brown sugared dates and a distracting overwhelming saccharine sweetness which wasn’t apparent anywhere in the nose. Candied sugars than candied fruitcake. Thin and weak.
Final Thoughts: while the nose was different, twas intriguingly so. Too bad the palate was nowhere intriguing or appetizing. Meh.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark, deep amber with beige head. Aroma is a bit lighter the. Expected...notes of burnt caramel malt and faint signs of dark fruit with subtle mild hop spice blended in. Flavor is pretty solid, same as aroma and a bit bolder. Mouthfeel is thinner then expected. Overall, some tasty stuff.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from Plaza at home (27Jan11) Pours light caramel with a medium light cream head. Aroma is caramel, nutmeg and toffee. Flavor is rich toasted and caramel malt, munich, yeast esters, a nice finish of clean hops and sweet bread malts.
bpreo (2534) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2012 You’re liable to get shot if they find you drinking this in Utah (it’s a joke), but I wouldn’t be surprised if they string you up on a fence along the highway like roadkill. Great beer, so it’s worth that risk.
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Filtered orange brown, thin beige head. Deep malty aroma, true to style, very nice. Big doughy Doppelbock, I’m diggin it. Malty, but not overloaded in thick specialty malts, lets the subtle yeast tones shine. Big caramel body. Solidly executed, an impressive offering.
drpimento (3128) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Think I’ll pass on the "big love" from the land of zion. Poured with a decent , off white head that lasted and some lace. Color was clear medium amber. Aroma was caramel, malt, and dominated with solvents. Flavor was like nose and overly sweet. Body was thin and carbonation was ok. Finish is like flavor and not a repeater.
Dogbrick (11513) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Freakin’ Frog in Las Vegas. The beer is a murky mahogany color with a medium tan head that dissipates steadily to an outer ring. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, molasses and dark malt. Medium body with flavors of earthy malt, caramel and dark fruit. Faint hops in the background. The finish is sweet and malty with a ripe fruit aftertaste. Decent overall.
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a dark mahogany color, sort of cola like, with a fluffy off-white head.
S: A nice fruity nose, especially heavy on the cherries. Almost a cherry cola sort of aroma to it. Some sweet chocolate and sweet roasted malts.
T: The flavor profile is quite similar to the nose. Good sweetness to the beer that is (again) very cola like. Some light roasted malts, fairly sweet, however. A bit of a fruitiness, too.
M: The body is definitely on the thin side with a medium level of carbonation.
D: I was expecting this to be pretty bad, given the gimmicky label and the fact that I bought it at a crappy liquor store in Vegas, but I actually enjoyed it.
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, tab cola colored pour with white foam head, aroma is grainy, pretzels and malty fruit, flavors of leather, stewed fruits , malty sugars, husk, finish is buttery caramel
Vikingbrew (193) - Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Rich malt, caramel sweet malt aroma with dried fruit and dates. Red copper color with moderate white head. Rich sweet malt. low hops. Slght backend bitterness. Medium body. Very enjoyable.