MrBunn (2807) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Bottle. Body is about the color of darkly stained cherry wood with some of the reddish highlights where the light pours in. Aromas are sweet and malty with a little bit of an apple and fruit undertone. Flavor is sweet of apples and toffee with a touch of a spicy note that strikes now and again, but not consistently. Mouthfeel is failry smooth and a little silky, but there is a bit of an aftertaste that is slightly acidic and a little bit foul. Kind of like rotten peat moss with a chalky texture. Still, it is an inconsistent aftertaste that doesn’t follow each sip, and when it isn’t there, things are pleasant, but fairly unispiring. HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Not necessarily a bad beer, just not very distinct. Mostly malty with perhaps a little to much roastiness on the palate. However, it did drink nice and smooth for 7.8%. stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of fruit, spices, and caramel. The flavor is sweet, caramel, fruit, spices, slightly acidic, with some traces of bitterness. Alcohol is hidden well, but this was just a pretty boring brew. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2007
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Deep red-brown body, thin, dense buff head. Cerealy nose, served too cold to pick up much depth. Medicinal body with strong leafy hops, crackers, dark fruit candies, and butterscotch (but not diacetyl). Subtle alcohol notes. A bit syrupy, bordering on cloyingly sweet after several sips, but still enjoyable and interesting. DocLock (10652) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2008 Bottle from Capone’s.
Rerate 10/3/08. Same ruby color, but with nose of dark malt, cacao, nuts, caramel, brown sugar, figs. Tastes caramel malty, figgy, brown sugary, with nice cacao and nutty notes. Much better than last year, and I am updating this score.
This one was a mild disappointment. The color was dark brown (ruby thru glass) with minimal off-white head. The aroma was dark malty, you could say a tad portery, with some tart cherry, spice, and Lactobacillus notes. The taste was caramel malt, tart cherry hints, some dark fruit, and mild hops. The tartness remained throughout, joined by a mild vegetal flavor late, and a general lack of complexity and balance throughout, making this one a one-timer only.
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2007
12 oz bottle, D’s 6-pack Pittsburgh. Pours a dark mahogany brown colored body under a very fizzy beige head that quickly disappeared. Quite a bit of fizzy carbonation. The aroma is slightly grainy with a corny vegetal pervasivness. A little alcohol. The flavor is very thin with a dominant corn taste. There’s a light note of smoke, toffee, and alcohol on the finish. Mouthfeel is thin and watery with very fizzy large bubbled carbonation. Finishes with minimal sweetness. This was not a good beer, and an especially bad Dopplebock. Zero for two with Erie beers. SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2006
From bottle. Bought Oct 13, 06. Poured dark, reddish brown. Some fizzy head that quickly dissipated. Nice nuttly, malty, roasty, fruity aroma. Flavor was sweet and fruity, with some roasted nut flavors in the middle to end. Nice flavors, very smooth. Didn’t taste the alcohol at all. As it warmed it got a more malty flavor to it with a more pronounced grape flavor and a chocolate flavor. Body is thin, mouthfeel light and airy. There is alot going on in this beer and I like it, I thought it fit very well together. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle purchased at 3 Sons Dogs and Suds in Wexford, PA. $2 for 7.8% beer, why not? Pours deep translucent copper brown. Nice malty and fruity aroma, with a touch of alcohol. Texture is thin. Flavor of european malts and hops, nuts, and fruit. Alcohol not well hidden. Overall, a bit messy. However, considering the price, it’s a good value for a high ABV beer. I’d buy it again for an inexpensive nightcap beer. cheap (5797) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 First new erie brewing beer. Drank erie long time ago before it closed down and was revitalized. Very interesting label. Dark but not opague in my steelers mug. Pretty decent dark beer. Slight initial bitter hit with a medium lasting bitter after taste and finish. Smooth for it’s alky content. zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark reddish amber, off white head. Aroma is fruit, nuts, and alcohol. Flavor is fruity, nutty, malty and slightly bitter. The body is very thin.