FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2012
My palate is freshly raped by a glass of Hop Stoopid (sorry).
Poured from 22oz bomber to pint glass:
Nice looking bock. Looking rather still.
The nose certainly boasts some caramely birch syrup - such a unique ingredient and surprisingly distinguishable from other tree syrups. Nice. A bit of leather and toffee here as well.
A lot of the same notes tend to surface on the tongue with the addition of a pretty distinct mineral type finish. Smells better than it tastes.
The after taste detracts from the feel but the consistency is good.
I always love trying beers that utilize birch syrup. wlajwl (7203) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Aroma is malts, mild nuttiness and sweetness from the syrup. The flavor is malts, sweetness from the syrup and a hint of grains and alcohol in the finish. It wasn’t quite cloying but probably would’ve been better without the syrup. Tmoney99 (15116) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear dark copper color with an average off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy balanced malt aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Good balanced sweet malt flavor with a moderate to heavy smooth balanced finish of moderate to long duration. Solid doppelbock.
Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - JUN 29, 2012
22 oz. bottle- Pours clearish orangeish red with a thin head that reduces to a collar immediately. Aroma is definitely birch syrup, sweet, fruity. The taste is the same, the birch syrup really resonates, tasty, sweet with a mild dry finish. Body is a little thin and carbonation is medium. Overall It is no award winner, but I still like it. Wittales (884) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Appearance was clear root beer with creamy diminishing off white 1 finger head, no lacing. Aromas where sweet caramel, chocolate,nutty, brown sugar, congac like. Taste was caramel, chocolate malts, slight piney hops with a touch of birch syrup. Palate was silky light CO2 with a medium body. Malty and sweet average length finish. This dopplebock surprise me, I likey...
b3shine (9257) - Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Bottle to taster (thanks Bunker). Looks good; amber with nice carbonation and lacing. Smells decent; tastes okay, but nothing special. Meh. peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle. Bronze/brown color in the glass with a slick of tan foam. Aroma is heavy raisin and sweet malt with something else that is birch I guess although it doesn’t really present like wood. Taste is dominated by sweet malt, raisin, molasses-type sweetness, a smidge of hop bitterness, and some mellower sweet flavors through the finish. Not sure where the birch features in the flavor. Slightly coating mouthfeel. Nice doppelbock although I’m not sure what the birch syrup or speciality malts added to the beer. Enjoyable. jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Basically a barley wine, which I am not of huge fan of in general. Therefore, this beer was not for me. luttonm (6956) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2012
22oz. Copper-orange, little head of foamy bubbles. Waxy candy, grape, apple. Sour alc, ginger, clove. alright. rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Sampled in a bomber. A really interesting brew that has a real earthy flavor. Quality malts and smooth on the mouth.