ClarkVV (7050) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Bottled on 4/18/2005 consumed 6/16/2005. Copper-amber, with vertical auburn stripes. Light beige head is initially medium-sized and well-retained, but once I begin to drink and it is disrupted, it departs quickly to a ring. Decent lacing. Medium-sized bubbles rise vigorously. Aroma of light cedar wood pulp, bits of toasted grains, light caramel, but mainly bitterness. No one else talks about hops, which is odd. Seems to me to have a lot of hops bitterness, or maybe the bitterness is coming from something else? Smells like an IPA to me. Nutty, floral notes, acidic, pine resin. Acidic and biting, this is powerful stuff. It lingers on the palate on the finish. Flavorful, at least, but it’s so piney. Sugary and fruity as well, reminds me of DFH 90 minutes. Low carbonation. Lightly syrupy body. No real yeast presence that I can find. Odd to say the least, IMHO. Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2005
Rich amber color with a thick head. Sticky sweet maple and caramel taste, toast and dried fruits and nuts. Very clean palate, thick, chewy and creamy. Hardly any hop presence but the sweetness isn’t over the top. Very rich though. OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2005
Couleur cuivrée, pleinement translucide. Belle mousse crémeuse et somptueuse laissant un presque éternel cerceau sur le rebord du verre. Caramel brûlé, sève de bois, biscuits grillés, marron et noisettes, sous une signature très levurée rappelant la croûte d’un pain brun. En bouche, caramel et poires sont toujours au rendez-vous, mais sont cette fois soumis à la teinture à bois, à une faible présence d’acidité et même à une touche d’alcool. Finale étonnamment amère allant presque vers l’astringence. Une forte impression de sel vient bouleverser davantage l’expérience. Corps semi mince, carbonatation plutôt effacé. Une étrange et atypique créature en provenance de Düsseldorf. hopdog (13315) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, molasses, nuts, and some dark fruits. Sweet with a light alcohol finish. egajdzis (6856) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2006 Poured a caramel color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of nuts, light roast, dates, and caramel malts. Taste of sweet caramel malts, chocolate, some smoke, nuts, light hops, and a touch of alcohol.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 13, 2005
In the 330 ml flip cap bottle from the Huber Haus. Dark brown with a beige head. This is as close to a barleywine that I have ever tasted in a German bier. It tastes like barleywine, but it does not feel like it has the alcohol of one. Great hop flavor, which also seems strange for a german bier. I love it! scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Bottle from Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits. Deep brownish amber, rocky light tan head. Interesting combination on the nose of caramel, fig, raisin, brown sugar, plum, grape, and light citrus. Flavor up front was slightly metallic, dried dark fruits and brown sugar, but as it warmed, it was followed up with a citric hop tone that caused me to pause and ponder. My comments in one second. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, Sahara dry, bittersweet finish. Back to my thought that this could easily pass for a doppelbock crossed with a barley wine. As I continued my sipping, it grew on me slowly but surely. Definitely a unique beer experience and well worth a try...
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 11, 2005
(33cl, bottled on 4/18) Clear copper body topped by small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, herbal, some caramel. Taste is sweet, brown sugar, caramel, bread, herbal. Creamy, sticky full body -- easy drinking. Too sweet for my taste, though my appreciation grows somewhat as my palate adjusts. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Swing top bottle. Deep copper, decent head fades totally. Malt accented aroma, some molasses and caramel, along with something vaguely reminiscent of peppermint. Flavor strikes me much the same, slight mint start moving into a pleasant, malty finish, with more emphasis on caramel flavors. I found it quite pleasant, if not jaw-dropping. JoeMcPhee (10187) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2005
Long-necked swing-top bottle courtesy of Oakes. Dark brown beer with a thin-white head. Strange, salty aroma, reminds me of dulce (seaweed). A bit of earthiness and mushrooms. Flavour is full of chewy, earthy malts, a bit of woodiness (cedar), slight malty sweetness in the middle of the palate, before an assertive hop bitterness cleanses the palate. Hops keep this from being cloying. Fairly full-bodied and a littlle bit of a bready/toasty finish. Not bad, but not entirely succesful either.