GregMooreNH (273) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 18, 2017 rajendra82 (1109) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The chestnut colored body clear, and the beige head was fed by gentle carbonation. The smell was ripe with figs, dates, cherries, and dark raisins. The taste was not as sweet as I had anticipated. The malts appeared to be well roasted, giving a bitter coffee effect at first sip. This was followed by a fruity tartness, semi-sweet powdered cocoa, and a woody, dry finish. This was a surprisingly complex juxtaposition of flavors for the style. The body was not as silky smooth as the best examples of the style. Quite a different experience from others of this style.
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2017 Pours dark ruby amber with thin head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is caramel, dried fruit and roast. Taste is sweet bread with hints of tart cherry and maltiness. Finish is smooth maltiness. A darned good doppelbock. Bacchus66 (1006) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2017
12oz bottle at home. Dark reddish brown with a full beige head. Dark malt, cherries, caramel, bread, sweet chocolate. Thick body, medium-light carbonation with well-integrated alcohol. Lingering, sweet, mildly roasty finish. Delicious. smaynard6000 (1268) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2017
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Heavy malty aroma with caramel notes. Somewhat sweet with heavy roasted malt presence and caramel and toffee. Medium-to-full bodied with lingering sweet finish. Very nice. ganache (6089) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2017
Bottle from State Line. Nose strongly malty, dark and earthy, bread crusts. Pour beautiful dark ruby that’s not quite opaque, head is sudsy and an unusual color, so tinged with tan and yellow to look almost crackery. Body sweet and very malty, sticky and lastingly swishable, low-medium bitterness is clean, nice roast throughout, subtle dough, big Melanoidin, bread crusts, medium-strong grape, red berry with slighter cherry and plum. Brown sugar, molasses, whole-kernel rye and chunky Vollkornbrot. Only with speed does a cola note appear. Alcohol really well-integrated, only the heft shows. Clean, crisp, heavy, bright, satisfying. [2017.07.08: 4.0] voyageurmike (521) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2017
Draft at Growler USA. Dark brown with medium body. Boozy aroma, tastes of molasses and chocolate. Roasted malt finish.
wombat23 (2149) - Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2016
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of malt and dark bread. Taste is malt, dark bread, hazelnut, caramel notes, and alcohol. Malty, warming finish. Not very bitter. Very good. obguthr (6833) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2016
Maple syrup and smoke nose. Clear ruby brown, thin yellow head. Sweet malty cherries, wood, smoke. Full body, soft carbonation. Damn good example of the style. hershiser2 (3834) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2016
Bottle from Wine Warehouse. Pours into my Indians pint glass (Go Tribe, game 3!) dark brown, possibly slightly murky - hard to tell due to darkness - with a small beige head. Aroma is roasted bitter malt, caramel, grass. Flavor is toasted caramel malt, grasses, molasses, milk chocolate, alcohol, tiny hint of cola. BelgianBeerGal (4258) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2016
Bottle from Craft and Draft Columbia. Pours out like a coke. Sweet malt and molasses aroma with some booziness. More malt and molasses in the flavor. Pretty tasty and easy drinking for almost 9 ABV. DocJitsu (2060) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Pours a dark horehound candy brown with hardly any head. Caramelized brown sugar and caramel on the nose. Caramel forward, but finishes with faint anise.