DocLock (11108) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Bottle and draft from IHP. THis one weigh in at 14.6 (or 14.8, not sure)% ABV as per the menu. Ratings from bottle with additional remembrance of the draft offering to form a bit of a composite, as such. The pour (into a snifter) is deep black with very little light through and a 1-finger off-tan head that dissipates quickly. Nose is oaky spirity dark malt, heavy figgy fruit, molasses, peaty notes, and dark chocolate. Nose reminds me of Westy 12 mixed with Sam Adams triple bock in a 3-1 ratio. The flavor is very malty, very thick, yet not cloying at all, with a heavy note of molasses, bourbony, oaky dark malt, figgy, plummy, and blackberry fruits, and some finishing dark chocolate. Fairly sweet, per se, with a lot of figgy fruity, peaty, spirity, oaky, bourbony notes mixed with an overall dark choclate element that balances well with the overall profile. The palate never waters out at all in spite of the hefty 14.5+% ABV of this one. This beer is world class, and inarguably the best triple bock I have ever had. I bought two bottles, and it saddens me that many of these bottles will be whored out by the eBay scumbags out there. In summary, this beer kicks major ass, but is not for lightweights. In the words of BBB63, "Get ya some, and do it now, punk!" chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2009 the 3d glasses rule my world. neepsntatties (2062) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2009
pours a lot lighter than I thought it would, I was thinking it would be thick like engine oil but it was much more fizzy, and more lively with hues of brown and amber. nose was rasberries, caramel, sour vinous notes, a malty masterpiece. taste was sticky, with caramel, and rasberries again. lots of bready flavours involved. was gorgeous. i wish my tastebuds werent destroyed from dinner so i could fully enjoy this masterpiece.
Retasted it with better tastebuds, what my father claims was the last bottle of the stuff in stores.
Much better than I remembered. Perfect mouthfeel. a beautiful beer.
Got to sample a smidge of this at a beer gathering this evening (4/1/09). Colour... dark amber and slightly clouded with a light tan head. Nose... decidedly burnt toffee, creme brulee and caramel with a hint of booze. Palate... light carbonation, mouth-coating, luxurious, Scottish toffee, turbinado, dark fruits, yeast, Christmas cake. A wonderful triple bock that’s a joy to drink! egajdzis (6776) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2008
UPDATED: APR 11, 2012 [Draft @ Phoenixville] Poured a mahogany brown color with a small, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, raisins, dark fruits, oak, and a bit of smoke. Taste of molasses, raisins, brown sugar, roasted malts, chocolate, dried fruits, a bit more smoke, and a sharp alcohol bite in the finish. axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Pours an opague, dark brown body with a somewhat thick oily consistancy and a small beige head with some nice lacing. The aroma is semi sweet chocolate, molasses, and nuts with some banana bread and vanilla tones. The flavor is a lot like the aroma with more dark fruit tones coming through and a mild alcohol finish. I really didnt find the alcohol to be as overbearing as some. A very tasty beer.
Ja29ck (25) - Salisbury, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2009
Very dark in in color with a out of the ordinary smell. It has a very sweet taste. strong beer with 13.2% alcohol. Dorwart (2610) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Bottle about a year or so old now. Thin light orange head of fine bubbles that dissipates quickly. Rich malty and sweet aroma. Some dark fruit (raisins), brown sugar, caramel and molasses invite you to take a sip. Color is a cloudy and murky dark crimson brown. Big sweet flavor but oh so delicious. Lots of raisins, prunes, a touch of anise and more liquid caramel. Slick and oliy in the mouth and coats the entire inside of the mouth as you swallow. Hides its alcohol pretty dang well for a 13% brew. Finishes sweet and oily and last for a long time. A fantastic sipping brew and one that I hope they make again. A grand experience. kkearn (1221) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2008
13oz corked green bottle, purchased at IH Media. Pours deep brown, capped with a moderate sized tan head that fades to a thin cover of small bubbles. Really nice aroma of vanilla bean ice cream, cocoa, molasses, banana and dark fruit. Flavor is big on cocoa, with smoke, toffee, dark fruit, and some alcohol. Syrupy mouthfeel with little carbonation; fairly easy to drink. Another winner from Iron Hill. alobar (3940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Pours a nice dark brown color. Cloudy with no head. Aroma of apples,caramel and malts. Flavors of chocolate, apples, molasses, caramel. Bit of alcohol. Not overbearing. Exceptional! Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
13oz bottle, big thanks to Swolf3 for this.Huge malty aroma, lots of dried dark fruits as well, ver rich. Dark, hazy brown pour, with very little head. Big, rich malty flavor as well, a little caramel more dark fruits, really concentrated. Very good beer, thanks Steven.