blankboy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2008
Bottle (660ml) shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev & GregClow -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a clear orange-amber with a spare diminishing off-white head. Malty aroma along with toffee, sweet fruit and some alcohol. Flavour: The alcohol hits me first followed by tart fruit, caramel malt, notes of whisky and quite a bit of hops in the finish. Medium bodied. It’s alright. vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2008 Pours red-copper color with a thick, beige head. Aroma has sweet malt and some fruitiness. There’s a rich malt flavor with citrus hoppiness underneath for a nice balance. Slight alcohol, sherry-like flavor with a sticky mouth feel. Nicely balanced. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2007
750ml Bottle: Malty aroma. Smells of malts, nuts, and herbs. Poured copper/orange in color with a medium-sized tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Good lacing. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly bitter and medium sweet. Tastes of malts, sourdough, nuts, caramel, herbs, and toasting. Light to medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Salty, malty finish. Skyview (6093) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Sampled via 22-oz bomber during Cheesehead YeHA in Brookfield, Wisconsin and shared by MIBRomeo. Pours a clear caramel amber brew with a decent off-white head that has some good retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted dark caramel malt, some flowery hops, fruity character of peach and plums with some spiced funk. Taste is smooth creamy, medium bodied and light carbonation. Flavors of dark roasted caramel malt, some dark berries, a touch of bourbon and candi sugar. Finish is smooth, creamy with a dark caramel and berry aftertaste. Nice alcohol balance to this brew. ABUSEDGOAT (2790) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Hazy amber, moderate to small head, some lacing and retention. Aroma is light toast, bread, caramel, hops. Medium bodied, alcohol hidden well. Somewhat sweet, extremely overpriced for what it is.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Another whiskey aged brew. Pours old penny dark copper w/ a tall, lasting head. Reduces slowly leaving sticky snail tracks finally resting to a fluffy, spattered canopy. Strong aromas of dark malts w/ a pungent acidity. Full nectar w/ soft residual effers. The texture is a bit oily and very slick. It just glides around effortlessly. A big malty backbone susstains the hive as sweet decadent darkfruit nuances dance. Blackcherry, peach, plumb, grapes, melon rind, leather, alcohol, and a touch of herb. The finish is bittered w/ peachpit that really does the job keeping me on pace. This brew is well made w/ a royal pedigre. The hops show on the finish w/ some citrus rind. This brew is very strongly flvored w/ a generous disposition. Rich and chewy w/ gummy fruit candy. Quite hopped up for a DB. Another underrated beer. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2007
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and GregClow, courtesy of Harry. Dark copper with small bubbly head. Mild malt aroma. Taste is odd - malty, sweet, some whiskey, bitter, yet tart and fruity. Does not come together at all. By the end I did not like it at all. NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2007
The aroma was malty with a strong presence of toasty malt with a nutty character and a strong caramel note. Some spicy and lightly earthy hops were present. A candylike character emerged as the head fell back. The beer poured into the glass crystal clear amber with a beige tight bubbled lasting head which laced the glass. The flavor was malty and nutty with a toasty component. Some fruity nature from the malt was notable and a strong caramel and candy character was also up front. The beer was a bit thick with a medium-full level of body and a fairly low level of carbonation. Alcohol was present in the flavor and carried through into the warming which occurred post consumption. The finish was ultimately dry with a light presence of citrus in the final aftertaste. A good bock, but certainly not worth the price tag for the bottle. Not quite enough complexity to be a really good dopplebock. 750 ml bottle, corked and caged. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy & tupalev - HogTownHarry’s bottle. Ruby-amber, small head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, faint fruit, and mild alcohol warmth. Medium bodied. Nice flavour - prominent malt, pleasant whiskey notes, citric hops to finish. I haven’t had enough doppelbocks to rate this to style, but regardless of style, I enjoyed it. HogTownHarry (7062) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev, my bottle. Amber-orange pour, clear, decent beige head. Aroma of sweet light roast malt, booze and cranberry and other tart fruit. Taste is light, boozy, sweet with a slightly lemony cranberry finish. Light, slick body, mildly acidic, fairly flat ... pretty solid, it’s just a style I am not well-qualified to rate.