alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUL 8, 2006
Thanks to Mane for this from Germany! Too bad it went bad... i could smell and taste a delicious nuty, roasted background with some fruitiness.. behinde the metalic and acid sunburnt beer. Ill have to retaste someday, i feel it could have been great.. meanwhile il just score it to par with average. weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2006
Thanks to whaleman for this...
Appears a dark brown with a red hue and a 2 finger tan head that slowly fades out. Scattered lace is left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, caramel, cocoa, and malty syrup.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin in a medium bodied brew featuring the cocoa, caramel with a sweetness up front. ganache (6005) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2017 Bottle. Extremely dark ruby beer with a creamy, rocky, lacy light brown head. Smells of sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar; even has an aromatic hop presence. Taste is sweetly malty with lots of dark notes and even some roasted. Brown sugar, dust, toffee, molasses, chocolate, caramel, toastmalt, touch of spiciness ... but really, the story here is the massive amount of malt. Full-bodied, alcohol is well-hidden, slightly terminal warming but not too much. Slightly sticky, but really only on the lips. Medium-dry hoppy finish. Have to force myself to slow down whilst drinking. Superb! [2006.07.07: 4.2]gunnfryd (15097) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2006
Think I had this once or twice in the interim, but this bottle comes ten-and-a-half years after the first! Really, really room-filling brothy Maillard, dark toast with medium and dark caramels, thick and syrupy molasses, treacle, toffee; brown sugar, gooey malt extract, spice, herbal hops. Red berry, prune, date, fig. Pour is deep, dark mahogany with a very large but very tightly-packed, rocky cream head that hides a shade of tan or even mocha. Lace, no legs. Body is surprisingly and comically light, even watery, but quite soft and smooth, and the flavors don’t reduce; beautiful malt (almost too much) and cocoa overtones, more regular caramel in the middle, earth and even dirt; fruit confined more to estery fumes. The alcohol is integrated but there are wisps here and there of rough rocketeering, the classy kind though, as is sometimes found in the lowered-numbered Rocheforts (even the yeast/ester profile is compatible, though subdued). This bottle might even be a bit too fresh for me, an opinion-changer -- what a wild ride! [2017.01.20: 4.4]
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is fruity roasted coffeel. Flavour is fruity roasted coffee with elements of hop. ABUSEDGOAT (2788) - California, USA - JUL 3, 2006
I gotta admit.. when these get poured into their official glass, I pour as violently as possible. Now that that’s out of the way... At $2.40 for a .5L bottle this was a steal. Deep mahogony body with a large head. Aroma is dark malts with notes of caramel, chocolate, toffee. Dangerously drinkable, very tasty. Quite sweet. Almost no hops.
funkengruven (5) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2006 does not count
This I picked up as one of three new offerings at the LCBO I decided to sample.
This poured beautifuly into my pilsener glass a deep chestnut brown with a slight ring of head and some lacing. Smell is a tad metallic but has some deep roasted malt notes in there. This stuff tastes very good, roasted malts make their way through the flavor with a bitterness that quickly subsides to a remarkable smoothness. Very easy to drink, goes down very nicely.
This is a great beer.
Palidor19 (3190) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 High flavors of cocoa, candied sugar, dark fruit, Licorice, cola and toffee. Lightly carbonated yet malty with low amount of hops. larsga (7602) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 24, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2008 Medium coarse shiny beige head disappears quickly. Deek dark red barely translucent body. Deep sweet earthy malty aroma with minty licorice and roasty chocolate notes. Harmonic and balanced. Taste is deep, sweet roasty malts with earthy licorice notes and some cinnamon. Dry roasty malty aftertaste with minty notes. Light-bodied, full-flavoured, balanced and harmonic. Delicate and powerful. An excellent doppelbock. (0.5l bottle.) Bov (13004) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 23, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2007 courtesy of fiulijn - very dark brown colour and a little brown-tainted head; a bit toaszy, solid cookie maltiness, woody notes; sweet and full-bodied, long malty, biscuity finish with some residual sweetness acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2006
European bottle courtesy of Papsoe. Pours a dark ruby red with a nice slightly off-white head. Aroma is very sweet, like fruitcake (rich grains, dried fruit, some alcohol). Taste is more balanced than I would have thought from the aroma, with some hoppy bitterness. To be sure, it’s still extremely malty. Not in the same thick way as an imperial stout, but quite sweet. At the end of the day, it’s a nice beer, but a little sweet and one dimensional for me.