arojewski (72) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2012
It poured cloudy at first, but I was impressed by the bottling and capping techniques. The flavor was similar to darker beers, without that heavy mouth feel or stomach sit. Definitely one I’ll drink again. J_man (1025) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
500 ml bottle from Trader Joes in Irvine, CA. Pours crystal clear copper/amber with a foamy off-white head. Strongly malty aroma with a light briny sea air edge to it. A light fruity sweetness hits first with a very slight bubblegum/banana characteristic. This is followed by a smooth, creamy medium roasted malt flavor with some woodiness. A good earthy hop bitterness follows this with a slight vegetal bitterness. Leaves behind a creaminess with some vanilla around the edges. The 8% ABV is almost completely hidden (honestly hard to believe it’s this high!) A tasty and very drinkable ale. bhensonb (15985) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Swingtop from Trader Joes in Davis, CA. Opens with a big pop. Pours copper with a 3 finger foamy beige head. Aroma of roast malt and noble hop. Med body. Flavor is a bit nutty, with roast malt and some grassy hop. It’s just a bit sweet, but there seems to be enough hop to cut that to a minimum. It drinks really well. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 4, 2014
500ml flip-top bottle -
After having this one back to back with Paulaner’s Salvatore, this one was just as tasty and I’m betting in a blind tasting many people would be quite surprised. A semi-sweet malty aroma, almost like smelling malt syrup, a bit of honey, and candied walnuts. Flavor has some nice sweetness to it, a little boozy actually, caramel malts, a little nutty and very smooth. As I said, it stood up quite nicely to Salvatore. Good stuff. envane (586) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Clear reddish-amber with a thin white head. Aroma of cherry cough syrup. Taste is fruity malts with light bitterness and a dry finish. Thin body, and the alcohol peeks through at times. Enjoyable, but no dopplebock.
doublebock (558) - California, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Clear light brown color with white head. Yeasty cola aroma. Definitely lacking the chewy sweet maltiness of a typical doublebock. Malty cola flavor with toffee and licorice notes. gripweed57 (2980) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2012
500 ml ceramic swing-top bottle from Trader Joe’s. Rich orange copper color topped by a medium sized foamy beige head. Caramel grainy toasted malt nose. Bittersweet dried fruit malt flavor. Herbal hops with notes of raisins and alcohol. Sweetish candi sugar prescence? Interesting and different. beaz1591 (238) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Dimpled mug. Murky light brown with good head and some lacing. Smell of malts, vanilla and alcohol. Smooth taste and quite enjoyable.