mansquito (5727) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big Top Beverage Mart... variety case: Pours a reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma is Eastern European marinated fruits... kind of doppelbockish. Body is ridiculously heavy. Taste is rather sweet. Finish is slightly hoppy and bitter. Lots of fruitiness. This is a hard one to drink. I wish I only had one these rather than 8. Not my thing.
thornecb (5678) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep mahogany into a Sam glass. Mocha conglomerate head with medium retention leaves sheet lacing as it recedes. Roasted nuts, caramel and cereal aromas. Sweet toffee and treacle upfront turning to mild roasted nuts before the lasting hot caramel finish.
burg326 (5402) - Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle poured an amber redish color, with aromas of malt, over riped fruit, light citrus, and some caramel. Flavors are the same, heavy malt flavor overall, did not taste like a 9.3% beer that is for sure.
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 7/7/2012. This altbier pours a dark brown color from a 12oz bottle. Small sized beige white head with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is caramel, malt, sweet and bready. A medium bodied altbier. The malts are caramel, bready and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Decent carbonation. Nice sweet bready malts. Tastes like a dopple sticke. Hides the alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
Cybercat (5323) - Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong, malty aroma has a firm and somewhat sugary overtone of horehound and molasses. It pours a clear, dark, bubbly cola brown with a very thick, fine-bubbled, pale tan head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor has a malty core and strong notes of brown sugar and horehound, heavy on the sweetness - maybe a tad or two too heavy. The undertone of hop bitterness and the alcohol nip do not quite balance the sweetness. Subtle citrus hints come through as well. Texture has decent body and fizz, and is a bit sticky. Good one, but next time maybe ease up on the sugar?
mar (5288) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep amber pour with a cream head. nose is huge on the malts, caramel, sweet, and sticky. nice on the palate, sticky malts, toffee, caramel, dough, and bread.
rumproasts (5270) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
deep reddish brown, but very clear. minimal head. smells of roasted malt and caramel. strong alcohol impact to the tastebuds. there’s some good flavor there, but there’s also a cough syrup flavor that i can’t get past. if it were less boozy, i’d definitely like it better.
nearbeer (5076) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bb Aug 2012. Clear, deep mahogany with a lasting disc of creamy foam. Nose is cocoa, toffee, dates, banana, marshmallow and citrus. Taste is similar, but has more dark toffee and raisin. Peppery citrus zest, some grassy hop, and acidity from the roast are nearly able to tame the big malts when the finish rolls around. Heavy body is smoothly carbonated, a tad sticky, and shows just a hint of the 9.3%.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, light dark ripe fruit, light caramel, and some brown sugar. Poured deep amber/brown/deep orange in color with a small, creamy, dense, tan head that lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is medium sweet, but also just off. Tastes of malt, light caramel, vegetables, and garbage. Medium body. Slick, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, vegetable, garbage finish is medium sweet, lightly bitter, and dry. 9.3%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
SHIG (4930) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: poured a brown clear, head was off white to brown. Aroma was sweet and sticky malts. Very sweet malts flavor.