StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Chicago. Looks like I get to put this one on the map with the 10th rating. Deep, translucent, chestnut brown in color with a creamy tan head that pulls like marshmallows descending into a tube that’s too tight of a fit, and then leaves the most blanketing lace I’ve ever seen for a doppelbock. Cleanly, yet traditional, aroma ensues with chestnuts, pecan shavings, copper, mild sugarless milk chocolate cocoa powder and smooth cedar nodes. Milky, full-bodied delight the moment it graces the palate. Modest milk chocolate teams with chocolate covered pecans to impart a flavor of beauty. Sweet caramel-laden Rolos have been smeared and are now melting all over cedar sauna panels. All the while, it plays a tune of a chestnut and hazelnut backdrop. Whole-mouth Spanish inquisition. Perfectly balanced - in fact, if palate could be a 6, this would be a 10. Hazelnut sheafs and chocolatey toffee bring things to a close as I’m dumbstruck with how impressive this doppelbock is. 1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
RB Chicago. Pours to a nice clean brown body with a creamy beige head. The aroma is hoppy (English?) with some rye and strawberry. The flavor is hoppy and yeasty. Very delicious and hard to describe. Light strawberry. Leafy. The palate is rich and creamy. I think this beer is a phenominal example. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2005
On Tap @ the brewpub- Pours a Pours a clear dark amber red color, small white head. Aroma is ginerbread man, sinnamon, a little bit of fruit. Flavor is sweet, spicy lots of cinnamon and cherries, sweet malt. Very nice. Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Deep, dark brown with a fluffy, tan head. Big malty nose of raisin, cocoa, coffee, toasted grains, oily nuts, burnt toast and a light touch of marshmellow. Some licorice-esque alcohol comes out as well. The body is big and thick with light carbonation allowing the weight to be fully perceptible. The flavors are simple, but enjoyable. The malt is the dominate force here, but isn’t all that sweet. The burnt/roasted character mixes with perceptible, but mild hops to tweak the finish. The alcohol isn’t hot, but you can tell it’s there. Stylistically and hedonistically, this is good but not great. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2005
On tap at RB Chicago. Poured a deep brown with a short beige head. Very nice, intricate lacing followed it down. Vinous notes and other dark fruits in the aroma with spicy rye and some toasty dark maltage. Flavor was chock fulla smooth dark fruits, chocolate malt, and some English-style hoppage. Alcohol appeared in the warming finish. Smooth on the palate for the most part, with a little bitterness and alcohol bite on the tip of the tongue and around the edges... became more sharp as this warmed. This was very tasty!
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2009 Draft at rb Chicago, pours reddish brown with off white creamy head. Nose is toffee, prunes, and cookie. Flavors of dark fruit, cookie, brown sugar, with a stiff toffee and dried dark fruit finish. Med body with sturdy alc presence. A nice warming brew! DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Tap. Very dark brown body, tan head. Light tart malt aroma. Honey grahm cracker and chocolate flavor with pear-influenced tartness. Rich mouthfeel. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Draught, snifter: served full to brim, which makes it slightly hard to pull in the aroma, but after a few sips the slightly charred toast, and chocolate grain aroma is noticeable. Anise and burnt pepper tickle the nose. Smooth, creamy palate, but the flavours are a bit one dimensional…a bit of sweet berries and a roasted component. Significant drink-ability, but not outstanding. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2005
At the brewpub. Poured with a medium brown body with a frothy, slightly off white head. The aroma was sweet honey with cantalope and banana. The taste was sweet and alcoholic with apples and dry leaves. This has a nice finish and gets a little more dry. JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Tap at R.B. Chicago. Dark amber color, frothy small off-white head. Caramel and fruity sweet malts with some sweet citrus coming in at the end. Very rich, but a bit too sweet for me.