zer0crew (119) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours a very clear, but incredibly dark amber. Actually looks kind of brown until you hold it up to the light. A little malt in the aroma, but nothing overwhelming. No real head to speak of. Complex flavor. Starts out with malty sweetness, followed by some caramel and a brief taste of strong alcohol, then it quickly moves to a soft, broad tasting bitterness.
Fun Fact: That beautiful picture of the bottle on the top left? It was submitted by yours truly. esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Clear mahogany with a medium tan head and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar, malt, caramel and dark fruit. Taste of sweet malt, candi sugar, brown sugar and light chocolate. Hides the alcohol well. Somewhat sticky but another dopplebock winner from Capital. reliantkcar (102) - USA - FEB 15, 2010
caramel, vanilla, red, brown, hazy, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, light body, oily feel, flat, long finish, hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2010
12 oz bottle from Archer Liquors. Pours a translucent deep brownish amber with a medium creamy bubbly off white head. Aroma of deep dark fruit notes, walnuts, molasses, caramel, light citrus, toasted malt and a touch of smoke. Flavor of toasted grainy malt, dark fruits, almonds, citrus, sweet malts, caramel and toffee. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2010
12-oz bottle (which rather belies the commercial description) marked at 9.0% ABV from the Binny’s in Orland Park, IL: This poured a clear, deep reddish brown with a thick beige head that rapidly devolves into a film. The aroma is sweet dark caramel, cola, and molasses. The flavor presents the alcohol and adds an ashy bitterness in an attempt to cut the sweetness, but falls far short. Not bad, but Capital usually does much better with such brews.
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 Dark reddish pour with little head. Sweet aroma of caramel, molasses, dark, dried fruits, Flavor is sweet. Heavy sweetness with a bitter tang towards the end. More dried fruits going on here. A bit too sweet. Lots of alcohol in the finish. I might have a headache tomorrow. Mouthfeel is too thin, almost seems like a dark malt liquor. This is pretty disheveled. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Bottled. Poured clear medium-deep brown with a short cap of tan head. The aroma was very sweet with honey and caramel leading.. molasses was a bit deeper.. definite alcohol presence that was almost raw as this warmed up.. somewhat like one of those candies with booze in it. The flavor opened with a heavy dose of sweet malts (mostly caramel, molasses, and honey again).. prickly earth and peppery alcohol around.. sweet finish, but it couldn’t quite mask the boozage. Medium-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. uneven and not that enjoyable. arkurzynski (2446) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Pours a deep, brown amber color with virtually no head. A little bit of spice and dark fruit in the aroma. Sweet and toasted malt flavor. Extremely smooth with an alcohol warmth. Not altogether dissimilar from the Autumnal Fire/Eisphyre line - some slight nuances. Prefer those, but this is okay/ brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Fruity,raisiny, dark malt int the aroma, backstrap molassas, a little alcohol also,very satisfying, taste is dark malt ,molassas/anise, sweet in finish but not excessive,some alcohol always meandering around, an annoying sharp carbonation bite at the beginning,but quickly smoothes out. Not that different from the top rated Andescher Dopple,except not as smooth and a little boozier madvike (3271) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Bottle - Pours deep and dark with a small brown head. Smells milky, with some vanilla and sweet candi sugar. It’s pretty malty, but really sharp, almost like it’s too young and hasn’t had time to smooth out. Taste is sweet and caramelly to start, then transitions into some roasty notes with chocolate lingering around. The finish is bitter and boozy--there’s nothing easy-drinking about this beer, and the 8.9% doesn’t seem hidden at all. It does feel good in the mouth, with velvety carbonation, and nice full body, and a real smoothness to it. I just couldn’t get past the jacked-up alcohol taste and the overall sweetness.