RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2011
750ml bottle, cavedirect. Rubber in the aroma, sweet and rich, hops in the background. Another black beer, with a rich tan head. Lingering aftertaste of coffee and licquorice. cubs (10634) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Bottle @ home. Incredibly deep black appearance with a brown head. Sweet and a delicious Bock, dark malty nose. Sweet dark Bock that’s stronger than your typical Doppelbock. Great Bock flavor that’s darker, stronger, and more alcoholic than its companions. Very interesting and pretty good. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2011
In short: An overly boozy, very roasted and aggressive strong dark lager beer of some kindButters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2011
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed a little over one year after it was first bottled, 1.5 year before expiration date.
The look: Clear dark ruby-mahogany body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose is vinous, some raisins and some barley candies. Taste has a lot of burnt caramel, some prunes, raisins, nail polish, rubber, chalk. Very astringent. I was surprised at the roasted level of this beer and it didn’t fit the style well with plenty of burnt caramel and burnt brown sugar in lieu of a rich caramelized body. Body wasn’t rich enough and alcohol was annoyingly apparent with a higher alcohol/fusel sensation. I drank a full bottle a few hours after drinking a superior example of the same style (Cheval Blanc Triple Bock) so it made Frelser even more disappointing. Drinking a full bottle felt very loonnnnnnggg. From the good ratings it seems that just about everybody but me enjoys this beer. But I stand by my opinion, because the best life advice is to be yourself(*).
(*) Not responsible if said advice leads to an monotonous boring life
Sampled at superbowl 45 party. Very dark brown with tan head. Sweet and big malty licorice and nutty vegetal. Tasty, but not amazing. Does a great job of hiding the abv though... tiong (7259) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 20, 2011
Draught @ Pikkulintu, Helsinki
rosenbergh (11532) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 18, 2011
Pours light brown with a small head. Taste is heavily malty, alcohol warms nicely. Not your usual German dobblebock.
Draught at Pikkulintu, Helsinki, Finland.jb (3248) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Dark reddish brown colour with small tan head.
Dark caramel malt, bread and fruits in aroma.
Malty flavour with bitterish hops, bread and some sweetness.
Sticky. Not quite like German Doppelbock.
Pretty decent, not quite in the German (preferred) style. Small goblet at Old Toad from draft. Appearance is quite stunning. Very dark, slight reddish hue, beautiful dark head, thick lacing. Sweet dark fruit in the nose, a bit of booze and a medicine note. Palate is oily with raisins, plums, a bit of alcohol, very sticky, sweet, great mouthfeel. Not too sweet (a bit of hops at end). VertBaconStrips (2389) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - JAN 3, 2011
11%.... 750ml ..... :) watching the Canada v US World Junior q.finals. 1-0 CAN early. Pours out a dark be2-0er with a big ass mound of foamy medium brown fuzz and plenty ’o lacing. This is going to be a mess.... Only 1/5th in and buzzed. How poorly will the iPhone spell check treat me in 45mins? AAAAAAAHHH my dislike of bocks won’t come into play here as the first whiff is pampered with plenty of sweet citrus hops. 3-0. Man, this is a slow review! Fragrant and a bit pungent, papaya or something tropical, oranges, grapes, very faint herbal, plums, light spice, mellow molasses, bit of roast, chocolate - that’s pretty much everything ever. Tasty stuff - maybe this isn’t that far off from a mellow barley wine now that it’s warmed. Citrus/ roast / pine overall taste. Very balanced with new and different flavors on every sip. Citrus, pine, roast, just enough sweetness, faint alcohol, fucking 4-0’!!! Soft molasses, bitter chocolate, 4-1- oooooooooo. More chocolate noticed but it is in no way a ’big’ flavor. Caramel, licorice, more molasses, excellent. Good carbonation, creamy at the same time, barely a hint of the 11% lurking in the dark. Fruity and dark, this is a great beer - a beer that I was putting off drinking. Excellent and highly drinkable. Ratman197 (14822) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2011
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of molasses, carmel, toasted malt and earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of molasses, toffee, carmel, earthiness and toasted malt with a smooth dry lingering molasses finish. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Draft @ RnH Mikkeller event. Dark pour with almost no head. Dark malts, some fruits, with a dry finish. A little boozy in the nose that doesn’t turn over into flavor.