Dacrza (978) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Dark velvet borwn body; pillowy half-inch head that settles to a solid brown--intimidating! Tremendous balance of malt, hop and fruity yeasts--pleasantly alluring.... warm, smooth and full-bodied--more like a porter or imperial stout in the mouthfeel... little alcohol to note... coffee and stout-like smokiness that rushes to the throat... malt is most prevalent and balanced with creamy esthers... in reading the "commercial description" I can see my expectations were pleasantly surprised... a bit challenging by mid-glass, but overall a warming brew--and at $75 a case, probably not an economic choice when seeking out doppelbocks (which I falsely thought this was)-- weighing that in, still an enjoyable beer to sit with, stare at, savor... MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Cask firkin at Capital Ale House. Almost an opaque dark brown. Malt dominated aroma with some sour overtones. Dark roast malt, raisin and sweet caramel flavors. Cramy full mouthfeel with little carbonation. Hop bitterness last well into finish. Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2008
Cask at Cap. Ale - Midlothian for their opening. A great beer, nice dark pour with a great aroma of heavy malts, caramel and dark fruit accents. Very smooth taste, again with the dark fruit accents. Ending was very nice and smooth. CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2008
Thanks DrBayern (Hey Matt) Pours a deep ruby from 11.2 oz bottle. Formed medium size off white foamy head.. Aroma was of sweet malted caramels. Flavour was of a smooth bitterness, hops, malts, roasted nuts. What a pleasant suprise, very good beer from our friends in Germany. I would love to try it on tap. Really reminds me of a Barleywine stlye beer, superb!
Mahalo Matt, you were right. ;) DietPepsican (1591) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 18, 2008
Dark amber with a thin off white head. Strong citrus and malt aroma. Flavor is citrusy hops, caramel, toffee, celery, dark fruit, brown sugar. Slightly bitter finish, no hint of the abv. Pretty fun.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2008
Pour is hazed brownish amber with a thin brown head...smell is caramel and lightly toasty...taste is lightly sweet and toasty with a strange malty bitterness at the end...lightly alcoholic... JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 15, 2008
Wood cask @ Beer Table. Poured brown with a hint of reddishness into a small Uerige straight sided glass, subdued tan head. Nose is malty, hints of alcohol, caramel, toffee, dark fruits. Taste is sweet, caramelized brown sugar, dark fruits, with an almost subdued hoppy bitterness in the finish. Definitely a delicious beer, and a very unique take on a traditional german style. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2008
Going into this expecting something barley wine-ish probably isn’t the best way to do it. unless you pay attention to the part of the commercial description that reads "Germany’s INTREPRETATION." That said, it was a pleasure to drink! Like a hoppy doppel bock/barley wine sort of concoction. Definitely unique, and something I’m not sure I could have handled a few years ago. I guess getting older has its benefits afterall! Love the bottle. beastiefan2k (3979) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - APR 13, 2008
Wooden pin @ the Beer Table. It has a brown color. The aroma is wood/bark, faint alcohol, and it surrounded by light dark fruits. Taste is lightly syrupy sugar with dark fruits and light prunes. It finishes with a bitter finish, It really nice and very un-German. Its easy drinking yet the bitter finish gives it some real heft. There is an aspects of sweet prune in the finish as well. Very nice and I am glad I got to try this pin as opposed to the bottles. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2008
Clear mahogany with a creamy tan colored head. Big fruity melanoidan aroma with raisin, plum, caramel malt, floral hops. Soft, fruity and alcoholic in flavor. More bitter than most German Dopplebocks I’ve had. Candy like in flavor, similar to a Dopplebock but perhaps a little lighter in body with some tanginess and a more pronounced hop flavor.