vkrejci (48) - ., CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 5, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
0.5l bottle. Rocky brown head, deep dark color. Aroma of brown sugar, heavy sweet caramel flavor. Full body, alcoholic kick. Not for ordinary drinking.
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2009
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
This beer needs some serious balancing. The flavor was intense but not quite right. Apparent brown sugar, caramel/molasses, and a definite alcohol kick. Fleeting head although it did produce quite an aroma. Smell definitely set me up for disappointment when the taste didn’t back it up. Overall, disappointed with the beer and actually poured out about 1/4 of it.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Extremely dark brown with a garnet hue. Very small head formed initially but then fled.
Very, very sweet smelling, with brown sugar, figs, plum, caramel and a big blast of alcohol.
Starts off with a sweet mix of plum, rum and caramel, and then turns even sweeter, with notes of fig, syrup and whatever you can imagine that is ridiculously sweet. No evidence of hops whatsoever.
Low carbonation, full syrupy body that is somewhat cloying.
Overall, it certainly is a shot of flavor, but needs some serious balance. Not very often that a lack of balance means a lack of hops.
Marko (5270) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 29, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the Albert hypermarket in Chodov, Prague I guess, shared with heavy.
Hmm poured a deep red going black body with a small-medium beige head. Oily malty nose, sweet, dried figs, maybe a little alcohol, roasty. Eh. A very sweet, sugary almost taste ending with oily alcohol, reminiscent of a mead even for a seconds. Chewy maltiness, very light roast. Dried figs again... ooof... warming. Started off badly but improved in the end as it warmed, hopping from 2.4 to 2.9. Not as subtle or complex like the best but has its own merits.
D (577) - Gdynia, POLAND - OCT 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had it sold as a Baltic porter, so I was a bit surprised. It was transparent, of a mahogany-like colour with small, partially lasting head. Tasted, indeed, like a very strong doppelbock, with nice sweet finish. Alcohol is palatable, but well hidden overall.
Enjoyit (3790) - Vadum, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber of color with a beige head. An aroma of apples, fruits and sweets. A flavor of fruits, apples and caramel.
danielyabu (1600) - Uniăo da Vitória, BRAZIL - SEP 27, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Frothy, large, light brown head. Excellent lacing. Flat, thick, dark brown body. Mostly diminishing longevity. Aroma: caramel, dried fruits, heavy toasted malt, brown sugar. IF: heavy sweetness light bitterness. FF: heavy sweetness, moderate bitterness. Long duration. Palate: oily texture, medium carbonation, medium body and moderate alcoholic and metallic finish. Dulçor de Malzbier, forte presença de álcool, aquecimento alcoolico. Enjoativa. 8s
Rusty (1546) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown with a tan head. aroma is malt chocolate roast fruits. Flavor is chocolate fruits malt, licorice, coffee. Oily slick mouthfeel. Hides alcohol well.
kappldav123 (6015) - GERMANY - SEP 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle looks good, the beer in the glass is dark, almost black. Very malty, alcoholic and complex aroma. Starts very strong, alcoholic, with notes of liquorice and strong coffee. Malty-oily finish. Unusual, but good!
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured dark reddish brown, sweet, chocolate, molasses, alcohol, little roasted malts.