The_Osprey (9723) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2016
November 2016 - Bottle share at CBC Islington. Thanks to Padraig for this classic! As ’Augustiner Maximator’, 7.5%. Dark reddy brown, translucent with a dense foamy tan head, leaving thick lacing. Aroma is toffee and quite a lot of Horlicks. I’m a big Horlicks fan, so I like this vibe. Body is light, tingly carbonation, a bit foamy. Taste is dates, wheat, more Horlicks, some white pepper and booze in the finish. A tasty beer, maybe a touch thin-bodied. (3.6) teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - DEC 6, 2016
50cl bottle shared at the Hackobock tasting, Craft Islington. Many thanks to Padraig for this one. It pours a clean Amber color with a minimal beige head. Aroma is sweet and biscuity grainy. Taste is also grainy and sweet with keys of caramel and starch. Medium bodied with OK carbonation. Overall, meh Scopey (16277) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2016
Bottle at Craft Islington, thanks to MannyG. It pours clear rich mahogany brown with a thick yellow- beige head. The aroma is musty, earthy, sweet, toffee, fudge, wood, dried fruits and toasted fruit cake. The taste is smooth, bitter, dry wood, resin, leather, dried fruits, fruit cake, raisin, warming alcohol, spice and toasted brown bread. Pleasant warmth through the finish. Medium - full bodied with moderate carbonation. A pretty great example of the style. nearbeer (5671) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2016
330 ml. Pours a deep chestnut with a ring and a small island of foam. Smells of molasses, prune, malt syrup, and touches of metallic dried grass and toasted nut. Tastes of earthy molasses, dark cherry, raisin, brown bread, hints of chocolate and earthy spice. Medium body has medium-high fizz that’s a bit much for me at times, but seems necessary to counter the sweetness. Finishes with a slight alcohol warmth and an astringency that both help in leaving an almost crisp finishing answer to the big malts. mR_fr0g (14036) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle shared at the Craft beer Co tasting 24/11/2016. Many thanks to Padraig for this one. A nutty caramel brown coloured pour with a small beige head. Aroma is sugary, brown bread, kvas, nutty, brown bread. Flavour is composed of sugary, raisin, brown bread, raisin. Palate is medium sweet, moderate carbonation rounded. Good for the style. Rustic sweet bready earthy grains linger.
Leighton (22836) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2016
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Padraig. Pours clear copper with a frothy, white head. Light toasted caramel in the nose, faded toast, a little earth. Medium sweet flavour with notes of leathery berries, some wood, faint cocoa, earth. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Dry in the finish with subtly tangy berries, earth, leather, graham crackers. Not bad. fraternie (1031) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Medium head, dark ruby body. Sweet caramel malts dominate the flavor profile, picking up light hints of smoke and spice as it lingers. Smooth. Boutip (6633) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2016
Bottle: Poured a clear brown color doppelbock with a medium size off-white foamy head with OK retention and minimal retention. Aroma of residuals sugar and light caramel malt is pleasant enough. Taste is a mix of residual sugar notes with some caramelized malt with some light bready yeast notes. Body is lighter then I was expecting with some medium carbonation. Well brewed but lacking the complexity of the top example of the style. Gription79 (2892) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - NOV 11, 2016
Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours clear mahogany without much head or head retention. The aroma is full of berries, rich malts, syrup. The flavor has a lot of similarities to the aroma, the sweet maltiness does accentuate the syrup character. Very enjoyable. biir (1687) - Berlin, - NOV 7, 2016
0.33 Bottle in the US - Funny to find that here, have been looking for it for awhile. Clear dark brown color, small head. Aromas of ripe fruits, chocolate, licorice. Strong malty body. Rather dry finish. Bit boozy. Great Doppelbock.