beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2005
Thanks to richlikebeer for this one. Caramel, roasty malt flavor. Finishes clean, smooth, and rich. IslandHaole (1270) - Misawa, JAPAN - APR 20, 2005
A clear deep Ruby color with a tan, short-lived head. Sweet, prunes, port, quite malty. Certainly warming but mild tasting. Rich, sweet, chewy, mild hop follow. Thank you Doclock! npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2005
Clear dark red/brown, little head. Fairly sweet nose with touches of chocolate, dark caramel, cookies, and a light metallic bite. Fairly sweet flavor, with some carob, caramel. Nice dry (melanoidy) malt flavor, with a good balance of bitterness. Mouthfeel on the thin side. Reminds me of Capital’s Autumnal Fire, but not as nice a mouthfeel. swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2005
This beer poured a deep amber brown with a tan head. Offers a nice malt aroma highlighted with some caramel scents. beer ahs a thick malty mouth feel showing flavors of caramel and cinnamon. Offers a warming effect in the aftertaste that gives a taste of alcohol. Overall a very sweet beer with no real hops presence. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2005
Bottle: Slightly darker cola red hue with a fizzy and fading head and no lace. The aroma has notes of roasted and caramel malts, grassy and herbal hops, hints of peaty scotch, and moderate phenols. The taste starts with a hint of lactic sourness followed by a sweet malt and sharp bitter balance. The finish displays some chocolate notes and a sublime sherry quality. The feel is lively but not heavy enough for the style IMO. This beer was sampled next to Sprecher Dopplebock and isn’t near the quality, it seems thinner and less towards style. Quaffable but not overrated in bottle. Perhaps it is that much better on tap.
DYCSoccer17 (3698) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2005
Bottle, sampled with members of the San Diego crew...thanks for whomever brought this...Roasty, mildly sour and nutty caramel aroma. Mildly hazy amber color with a small yellowish head. Roasty, sweetness turning astringent and quite thin with a small bitter kick to finish. Metallic notes. Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2005
Poursa a deep ruby brown hue with no head and no lacing. Aromas of caramel, a hint of sherry and a hint of wheat and brown sugar and some roasted nuts. Flavors are grassy and medicinal with a light bitterness. Lingering alcohol finish. Overall, lacking any depth or quality flavor. pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2005
Bottle. Enjoy by August 1, 2005. Ok, if you insist. Pours a red copper color with no head to speak of, but I can see active carbonation. Nose is sweet malt, roasted malt actually there along with nothing else. No hop aroma at all. Sweet malty taste with hints of hop bitterness and alcohol that really climb out and say "hello" as the beer flows to the back of the tongue and goes down the throat. Medium palate with very little carbonation, but the carb has very fine bubbles like a Belgian yeast creates. Not a bad beer, but I don’t think a top notch Victory brew. I have made better Doppelbocks than this one. TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2005
Bottle. Thanks to BuckNaked for this! Ruby body with a medium frohty tan head. Nose is a bit thin, to me. Light caramel, sweet malts, faint hops, dark fruits, and light chocolate. Taste is MUCH better. Rich sweetened malts, dark fruits, top quality caramel, hints of brown sugar, light hops, and light alcohol. Body is medium-full with moderate carbonation feel and slight alcohol warmth. Finishes semi-sweet with more caramel, light hops, chocolate, dark fruits, sweet malts and mild sugary notes. Good stuff! NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 3, 2005
Cleveland Local Gathering. Thanks to our Youngstown connection, Mike McCallister for bringing this! Rust red body and a slightly off white head. Fruity, estery, aroma with a light back drop of carmel malt. Light bodied, but not quite watery. Malty, with notes of carmel. Slightly bitter finish that isn’t really what I expected. Decent bock.