Fearless99 (14) - Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Deep reddish-brown color, medium tan head with lacing. Aroma has strong malt, and many complex flavors that I couldn’t quite identify them all: carmel, chocolate, smoke. Creamy texture, strong malt flavors with chocolate and caramel notes, somewhat bitter. Finishes bitter and lingers for a little while. Excellent beer, but something will beat it. frankenkitty (2014) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Rating #600kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Pours a deep, burgundy/mahogany with a tan head that fades to a thick film. Gorgeous malt aromas enveloped me in chocolate, caramel and dark fruits with a dash of smoke and stale Bazooka bubblegum for good measure. Although tasty, the flavor did not strike me with the same grand impression. Coffee bitters and earthen notes with pruney middle-sweetness led to an alcoholic astringency and lingering bitters. Able-bodied with a whisky consistency.
A fine beer, but a thicker body and additional sweetness would have been preferable (it’s possible I simply crave a Barleywine). Regardless, it was easy to get lost in the indulgent aroma, celebrate my 600th rating, and forget about all else.
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UPDATED: MAR 1, 2006 11.2oz bottle - Pours a beautiful deep brown with a hint of red, nearly opaque. Head is thin and a nice tan complementing the richness of the beer itself. Very creamy and smooth, with a slight warming sensation. Intricate flavors to savor in the beginning with a dark roasted chocalate/caramel finish that lingers pleasantly in the mouth. ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - NOV 27, 2005
mmmm. really good. pours dark copperish color. nice head. aroma of malts and sweet spicy tones. taste is similar, with malty wintery spices. creamy texture. great beer, highly recomended. one of my personal favorites lethe (177) - New York, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Finally tracked this beer down and was not disappointed. Mahogony color that is rich and translucent with a tan, formidable head. Nose is a sweet flutter of maltiness: gingerbread, cinnamon, oak, and port. Mouthfeel is medium thick and velvety smooth. Flavor offers the detected scents in a full and appetizing form that make this brew a wellspring of goodness. Not as heavy as would have expected. This is an excellent winter beer and one of the best German creations.
phunkyphish3 (2) - Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2005 does not count
The perfect beer, for me anyway. This beer has made me a huge fan of Dopplebocks. Huge flavors from this suprisingly smooth beer. JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Malty goodness. Pours a dark mahogany with ruby highlights. Off white foamy head dissipates to leave a ring. First sip hits your tongue with a huge burst of dark sweet malts. The flavor then becomes more subdued as you continue drinking. Dark fruits flavors begin to enhance the malt backbone. Bittering hops, although light, are evident at finish. Silky smooth texture, goes down smooth. Alcohol is not evident in flavor, but creates a nice warm feeling in the belly. Tis the season for this stuff. blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a murky dark ruby-brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, some hops, spices and dark fruit. Flavour follows the aroma -- starts malty and ends bitter. I found the body a little too thin and the flavour a little unbalanced. It’s rated too high in my opinion but it’s still a really good beer. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Bottle. Pours dark, bold ruby with a sizeable tan head. The aroma is earthy and malty with some prunes. The flavor is semi-sweet in the beginning, with dark fruits. From there come woody, earthen tones, and the finish as hints of chocolate and caramel. Just a little bit of alcohol warmth is manifest throughout. The palate is silky smooth. This is definitely among my favorite beers; it’s tasty and goes down fast. Reozil (1) - FINLAND - NOV 22, 2005 does not count
Bought this beer in november tasted very good for a dark beer perhaps the best i have tasted. Color is good and there is enough of alcohol in it. The taste is good also it has nice touch of chocolate in the end.