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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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3.3
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2007
12 oz bottle, 2004 or 2005 vintage, via michiganmiked. Pours a dark mahogany brown body under a smallish foamy beige head that receded to a thin ring. Aroma is a combo of thick syrupy dark malt, moderate amounts of oxidation, and a hint of alcohol. Notes of white milk, coffee, cocoa, and vegtables. The oxidation really took over the flavor of this guy. Just not enough malt or alcohol to cover up the cardboard notes. Still not undrinkable though. Actually this grew on me a little the more I had of it. I guess what I didnít like is that the oxidation came across as more of a papery/cardboard flavor, not like the soy or sherry notes that I crave. Mouthfeel was quite thinned out, and lacked much of what body must have been there. Still pretty decent carbonation levels thought for being 3 years old. I must try a fresh bottle of this if itís still being produced.

4.1
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 27, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 Pours brown with a nice tan head. Aromas of banana, cherries, grass, toffee, and sugar immediately hit me. Taste is a wonderful blend of sweet and tarte with chocolate, coffee, cherries and some mellow hints of coriander all popping up. Mouthfeel is light and oily with a semi-sweet lasting finish. One of the best offerings from these guys.

4.1
jimhilt (2609) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Pours with a three-finger light tan head, fades slowly and leaves no lace. Deep red/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is malty. Starts sweet with the malts, finish has a slight burnt raisin and bitterness to it. A good dopplebock. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

3.2
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2005 Re-rated 5-11-05 Deep copper/ruby brown in color with large light tan head.Aroma of alcohol,toasted malt and mild hops. Malty,bready with a dry finish. 3-29-05 Brown with ruby highlights and large light tan head. Aroma of malt and bread. Flavor is malty,bready with a bitter finish. 6-5-6-3-12

3.5
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Bottle pours black, very dark for a doppelbock, large frothy sand colored head, with sticky lacing.   Looks fantastic!   Aroma of smoked wood, peat, and carmelized sugar. † Semi-sweet on the tongue, very malty, peaty, with a slight sour twang. † Also some molasses in there. † Decent body, slightly viscous mouthfeel, but also a bit cloying. † Sweet finish, almost too sweet. † Very soft hop profile emerges at the very end. † Not bad, but maybe a bit too sweet. † Thanks goes out to ClarkVV for the trade!


3.4
Lubiere (13770) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2005
Brown ale with a sweet malt aroma, and roasted notes. Very sweet roasty taste, with molasse notes. Rich bodied and viscous in mouth. Jan. 2005.

3.3
OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Bottle, from Julioís. Weak nose, rootbeer, little eggy. Clean dark brown color. Nice head that faded. Sweet malty flavors, chocolate, carmel, coffee. Thicker body, creamy/syrupy mouthfeel, sweet finish. Abv hints on finish, but is hidden well otherwise. Nice brew, I just didnít get the nose that some did.

3.5
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 My thanks go out to OldGrowth. I had this back to back with Newport 03, which wasnít a very good idea. This beer was much more of a true doppelbock. Brown color almost translucent. Pours with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet like brown sugar and slightly roasted. Alcohol didnít come up much in my tasting, but this could be because I drank a Newport 03 prior to it. Slightly syrupy body. Moderately sweet finish.

3.5
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2005
Brown color with no head. Aroma of alcohol, roasted malt and molasses. Flavor of roasted malt, molasses, berries and alcohol. Full body, liquorous texture, soft carbonation.

3.5
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
Sweet, meaty, molasses, dark fruit aroma. Clear, dark, mahogany brown body is almost opaque. Topped by a shy, tan head that recedes to ring. Fairly alcoholic flavour has a sour, yeasty character but is strangely appealing. Lots of berries, raisins and dark, roasty malts in the finish. Medium body with decent effervescence and fair alcohol warming. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, lubiere, MartinT and Rastacouere.


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