rocbyter (2185) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Fruity malt aroma with a mild sour yeast smell. Light hazy dark orange color with a small off white head. Sweet with light carbonation and a sour finish. SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Brown 22oz bottle. 2008 release.
Appearance: Slightly cloudy tawny hue with orange notes around the edges. Head is slight with off-white bubbles gripping the edge of the glass, no lacing, and not much on the surface.
Nose: Roasted grain, toasted oak, raw sugar, chocolate caramel, and something hinting at toffee.
Palate: Soft carbonation, a creamy smooth texture. Right at the back, you can tell it’s a lager, has a little tiny bite right before the finish. Notes of caramelized sugar, toffee, and creme brulée. Clean finish.
Notes: A solid brew. You get what it says: Creamy Bock Lager. A bit creamy on the texture, a bit lager on the finish, and a perfect "session" winter/holiday ale. I appreciate that it’s not a spiced winter release. Cheers to Matt and René! Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Pours brown with a thin white head. Smells of dark fruit and sweet malt. Tastes spicy and sweet with a tarte finish. JoeMcPhee (10131) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2008
2008 bottle. Deep brown beer. Thin head. Aroma is quite herbal and woody. Toasty and sweet. A bit of light amber malt. Sweet and a little bit spicy. Herbal and a bit toasty. Very strange and slightly oxidized. Weird brew. emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Pours a clear reddish brown with a thin off white tan head and some streaked lacing along the sides of the glass. The nose is very phenolic with some roasted nuts. The flavor is very strong initially but fades rather quick. As it is in your mouth the flavors are robust but the booze is not well hidden and has a lot of sweet sugar and earthy hops all in your palate. Overall it is an alright brew and could use some more flavor and balance between hops and malt.
Drink4Satan (677) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Pours a translucent reddish brown colour with a medium beige head that fades to a ring. The nose is of caramel, old coffee, tobacco, roasted malt and cherry. Some booze and plastic notes come through as well, indicating to me that the flavour and body might be weak. My senses prove to be accurate, as the body is watery and the flavour is muted. There is clearly a good amount of crystal malt here, exemplifying that wintery flavour. There are some light fruity notes and very light toffee as well as some peppery spice up front with a bit of cherry. Some roasted malt comes through, but not nearly as much as the papery crystal malts. The finish is roasty, but thin and short lived. The carbonation is appropriately sharp for the thin body. Not for me. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2008
2008 vintage bomber shared by JoeMcPhee. Wow this was a weird beer but not bad overall. Pours a dark deep woody amber with a nice creamy beige head and some slight lace. Aroma is toffee, sugary sweet, with a crazy earthiness, some tobacco, toast, and caraway. Flavor is also similarly weird - lots of herbal and earthy tobacco, and caraway earth, and unique spices mixing with a typical drying toasty Munich malt backbone and an ok bitter finish. Crazy beer that was somewhat easy to drink, but nothing that great overall. puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Bottle shared by JoeMcPhee. Dark pour, malty sweet chocolate aroma, a touch of cigar and tobacco leaf. Kind of rough, bitter aroma, dark malts, sweet and thick and pretty creamy, really. Some odd flavors, but a great mouthfeel. This is really quite OK. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Pours a dark mahogany with a reddish tint, small head. Aroma of hops, coffee, cream, and some honey. Flavor is more bitter, with a suffering mouthfeel at is quite watery, and there is a bit of hop and citrus presence. OK brew, but nothing special. oteyj (2138) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Dark copper pour with minimal head. Aroma is earthy hops with nice roast aspect. Coffee with some sugary sweetness. Flavor is creamy with notes of bitter grapefruit- great hop character. Palate is a bit watery and finishes smooth and wet.