PhillyBeer2112 (2803) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh I really like this. Aroma is so heavy in melanoidins they’re branching off into all kinds of dark territory. Rum raisin, fruitcake, plummy rum, cocoa. Deep purple color, light carbonation which meant no head, but it did leave a very fine if sparse lacing in the glass. Rich melanoidins in the flavor, chewy with chocolate toffees and a date like fruitiness. Long rich bittersweet finish. Mildly warming. Smooth if slightly slick mouthfeel.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark mahogany with moderate beige head. The aroma is very fruit, with raspberry, dark cherry, plum, a little bit of raisin, with a faint spicy yeast quality. The flavor is packed with spicy bitterness, and is rather coarse and almost tannic. Once past that, the fruity and caramel malts jump out. The finish is dry and woody. Decent enough drink, this.
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled poured into a Kölsch/Altbier glass. With the cylindrical shape of the glass & the dark murky color of the beer this could be a core sample from the bottom of the Mississippi River. The head medium to small and creamy looking. UDS has a huge bouquet of dark fruits like plums along with licorice and spicy hops. The malt insists on notice as well. The taste is malty and sweet. Raisin and timber reside in an extremely soft feel. This is by far the best example of an altbier I’ve ever had.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml Bottle: Aroma is sweet. Smells malty, with notes of nuts, slight funk, toffee, and a little yeast. Poured chestnut brown in color with a medium-sized, creamy tan head that lasted throughout. Good lacing. Hazy. Very sparkling. Flavor is a bit sweet. Tastes very malty, with notes of herbs, wood, nuts, salt, and something I cannot identify. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malty finish.
henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red chestnut body with a huge thick beige head; Warm deep serious nose with lots of hidden treasures, green fresh touch way back; Big full serious body, balanced, complex moving into a long interesting finish with soft full and sharp deep notes. Great beer!
xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is touches of cocoa, nutty, and bock-ish with malty/grainy element and a touch of hops.
Taste has hints of hops and is bittersweet with a grainy and dull copper essence to it.
I like this.
joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz bottle with swing top, 05/07. Pours a dark ruby with 2 cm off-white head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is full of dark fruits, mostly raisins. Flavor is well balanced with dark fruits, maybe more dates now, and bitter hops and some citrus. Medium body, no carbonation, very light lacing, some alcohol noted as it warms. Nice beer and drinkable.
dchmela (3049) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, I was warned this was going to be a super alt and it certainly is. Pours reddish black with a thin white head. Aroma is heavy caramel malt, molasses, and roasted malt. aroma is just overpowering. Doppelbock aroma on steroids. Thick malt taste with caramel malt, roasted malt, and molasses. Thick powerful and different, thanks to Solan for suggesting it.
mabel (8735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[942-20071207] 11.2floz. Sweet boozy malt aroma. Clear, dark brown red body with a medium-lasting creamy light tan head. Dark malty booze flavour has nice rich raisin characteristics. Medium-full body. Good.
conor23 (110) - Elgin, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful sweet aroma, strong carmel malt notes. Taste is sweet but balanced with a lingering hoppy bitterness. Notes of toffee, chocolate, and burnt sugar, with herbal hops. Very complex flavor but perhaps a little more bitter than I would prefer. Overall quite good.