DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2005
’02 bottle. Clear brown-maroon body with a small white head. Lots of small bubbles. Very sweet plum caramel aroma under dry crusty bread along with a dusty, woody essence. That same plum/caramel sweetness pervades the flavor, just covering the potent alcohol conent. You damn well know it’s lurking in there but it just can’t break through and make it taste like crap. Otherwise the beer beer finishes with a dry alcoholic woodiness. ABUSEDGOAT (2822) - California, USA - OCT 29, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 Bottled 2004: Poured an amber orange body with absolutely no head, understandable when you’re at 14%. The body is very clear and this beer is a great example of a ligher colored beer having a high alcohol content. Aroma is alcoholic honey, a lot like mead. Flavor is quite a bit different. Alcohol is definitely there, but it’s hidden well. It doesn’t fit a typical beer mold and reminds me more of a spirit type drink. Vanilla notes come out. Hint of darker fruits like raisins. Honey is still there as well. I can’t believe how well balanced this is for 14%. In the mouth its syrupy. It finishes sweet. This beer gave me really bad gas really fast. Despite that it’s great stuff. However, looking at the ratings I can understand why this is a total hit or miss beer.
Rerate from a tap (growler) sample: Not as good as I remembered, absolutely no head, looks like watery honey. Still extremely sweet, no gas problems. Felt a lot thinner which I didn’t like. 7/3/8/4/15 99beerman (29) - Gardners, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2005
2002 edition sampled in October of 2005. I sampled this monster for breakfast on a Saturday morning. Crystal-clear golden color, very fine carbonation and a small ring of head. Aroma of brandy and candied fruit. Sweetness is well balanced by alcohol. Creamy palate. Lovely, delicate carbonation. Slightly astringent. Excellent malt profile with hints of just about everything you’d expect in a strong lager like this--raisin, molasses, brown sugar, cherry, port wine, even a hint of cloves and cinnamon. The slightest touch of bitterness lingers behind the finish. A perfect belly-warmer for a rainy October morning. OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2006 Version embouteillée en 2002. Consommé en janvier 2006. Couleur orangée, apparence claire, translucide et pleinement filtrée. Mousse blanche nous quittant aussitôt. Arômes de malt carameleux sous de fortes effluves alcoolique. Levure à gâteau, caramel, esthers style pêche et abricots flirtent avec de puissantes notes d’alcool rappelant ainsi le brandy. Longue finale jouant sur l’alternance entre les saveurs sucrées des malts et alcool. Faible carbonatation toujours piquante en bouche pourrait être un peu plus discrète. Définitivement à faire vieililr. Bouteille SAQ, Décembre 2003.
tsp (113) - DENMARK - OCT 1, 2005
VINTAGE 1990. Couleur brune, apparence liquoreuse, aucune mousse (!). Arômes de raisins secs, de chocolat, d’oxydation et d’alcool rappelant la présence d’un vieux sherry. Les flaveurs de caramel, d’alcool, de pommes meurtris et d’oxydation fonctionnent très bien ensemble. De très fines et douces bulles habitent toujours le liquide. (8-4-7-3-15) Merci CQuiroga !
Decent doppelbock, but it’s high alcohol % is far too dominant. Color is light orange, somewhat red too. Very vinous. Very warming, a true winterbeer.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2005
11z bottle. 2004. Just like the Urbock 23, lighter in color than expected. Amber gold with not much head. Very alcohol in the nose. With notes of raisins, spices, and a sherry/port flavor that is a wonderful winter warmer. blankboy (7786) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2005
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish-brown with a small diminishing tan head. Body has very little bubbles. Aroma of strong alcohol, sweet malt, sugar and dark fruit. The flavour is very sugary sweet -- too much so for me. I found each sip worse than the other, like corn syrup or something -- it must be a personal preference as this beer is rated much higher than I would ever rate it. You can taste the alcohol quite a bit but considering the 14% it’s pretty well balanced. I found the aftertaste unpleasant as well. There are so many brewers doing this style of beer and much better in my opinion. Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2005
(2004) Bourbon-like color with no head. Very strong in aroma and flavor. This beer was made for sipping. Sweet at first, then acidic and definitely alcoholic. Oak, raisins, apples, grapes, wine. Not as sticky, syrupy as anticipated but creamy. I think I’ll crank the AC down as this one is sure to warm me up.
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - SEP 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2006 Bottle 33cl. Pours a deep clear red color. Very impressive. Nice fruity aromas. Tastes very sweet of fruit, sugar sirup and port. Way to sweet for my taste but a nice beer overall. SudsMcDuff (8468) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2005
2004..Pours a orange red colour, surprisly clear..red port, raisens, plum, alchol, sugar in aroma, very tasty kiss on first sip, a special sipping beer, i wish i had a cellar!