Commercial Beers -- Blind Tasting Comments...
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Brouwerij De Prael - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Belgian Style Strong Dark Ale (8.5% abv)
Aroma: Floral, fruity, honeysuckle
aromas with hints of citrus and malt. Very elegant.
Appearance: Big tan head with heavy
carbonation. Clear and dark amber in color.
Flavor: Caramel, tannins, dark
sugar, toffee, nuts, and spicy phenols. This is an elegant beer
that is complex and spicy (nutmeg and cinnamon) with earthy,
cellar-aged qualities. There are also hints of bourbon and
leather; and a dry, slightly tart finish that is appealing.
Great Divide Brewing Company - Denver, CO, USA
Old Ale (7.5% abv)
Aroma: Malt, fresh fruit, pineapple,
Appearance: Dark red/amber - quite
Flavor: Warm alcohol notes go well
with the nice malt/hop balance. There is also a nutty flavor with
fruity tones of raisins. This is a delicious beer that offers a
mouthful of chewy malt and complexity.
Weihenstephaner Brewery - Freising, Germany
Doppelbock (7.4% abv)
Aroma: Bready with hints of dark
fruit, grain, malt, and perfume.
Appearance: Garnet color and very
Flavor: Grain, slight roast, and
good malt profile. There are earthy undertones and very complex
layers of flavor. The long aftertaste exhibits multiple malt,
hop, and fermentation characteristics.
Troegs Brewing Company - Harrisburg, PA, USA
Doppelbock (8.2% abv)
Aroma: Beautiful malt, toffee, and caramel.
Appearance: Dark gold to amber in color.
Flavor: Malty and toasty with toffee
flavors that are rich in mouthfeel yet dry out quickly in the
finish. Excellent hop balance.
Samuel Smith's Old Brewery - Tadcaster, UK
Imperial Stout (7.0% abv)
Aroma: Fruit, coffee, raisins, plums, and
very ripe apples. Has nice cellar aromas.
Appearance: Very dark black/opaque with a
creamy, tan head.
Flavor: Big roasty, earthy, malty flavors
with hints of vegetal character (not unpleasant) and leather.
This is a dark, elegant ale that is very fruity and complex with a
slight smoky finish. Seems light in mouthfeel for a typical
Dogfish Head - Milton, DE, USA
Specialty Barleywine with vanilla and maple (11.2% abv)
Aroma: Nuts, malt, and maple syrup.
Appearance: Dark gold in color and very
Flavor: Maple and malt are well
balanced. There are also pleasant hints of figs, vanilla, prune,
and dark fruits. The hops are in the background and complement
the the rich malt. This is a delightful and complex, yet smooth
Dutch Export Brewery - Netherlands
Doppelbock (10% abv)
Aroma: Honey and mild malt make for
a light aroma.
Appearance: Golden and clear.
Very low white head.
Flavor: Malty and a bit sweet with
honey notes and a mouthfeel that seems light for this amount of
alcohol. There are nice hop hints for balance and some oaky
chardonnay flavors in the finish.
Spaten-Brau - Munich, Germany
Doppelbock (7.0% abv)
Aroma: A touch fruity for a German
lager. There are notes of raisins, dark berries, dark cherries,
and fruit cake.
Appearance: Garnet notes complement the
dark brown color. The beer is clear with a substantial tan foam.
Flavor: Slight oxidation is noted along
with a sweet cereal start and a dryish finish. There are also
hints of raisins and granola. Flavors seem mild for a Doppelbock.
Sint Servattumus - Schijndel, Netherlands
Aroma: Citrus, sour dough bread, and
Appearance: Clear and golden with
beautiful white foam.
Flavor: Mildly sweet with a fruity,
sweet apple/pear background and hints of clove and spice that are very
slight. There is subtle alcohol warmth and a slightly sweet
Brewery Van Steenberge - Ertvelde, Belgium
Belgian Strong Dark Ale (7.5% abv)
Aroma: Cheese, malt, and vegetal
components are apparent in the nose.
Appearance: There is a slight haze, brown
color, and big tan head.
Flavor: Sour and tart with earthy, lemony
flavors that indicate some kind of slight infection. It is a
creamy beer with a medium mouthfeel.
Victory Brewing Company - Dowingtown, PA, USA
Weizenbock (8.7% abv)
Aroma: Fruity with hints of bubble gum and
Appearance: Cloudy and ruby in color with
big, appropriate carbonation.
Flavor: Tart and vinegar-like.
Tastes somewhat like a sour Belgian Red Ale. There is good malt
in the background that is hidden by infection. This beer has
potential if the vinegar notes are controlled in the future.
Sinebrychoff - Kerava, Finland
Baltic Porter (7.2% abv)
Aroma: Caramel and roasted notes with dark
fruit and toast.
Appearance: Dark and espresso-like in
appearance with low carbonation. Beautiful.
Flavor: Dark chocolate and toast flavors
are up front. The beer is medium-bodied and not very
intense. The alcohol seems subdued, and there is a pleasant
finish that is smooth and silky. This beer is milder than one
would expect for the style.
Head - Milton, DE, USA
Specialty Barleywine with dates and figs (14% abv)
Aroma: Fruit, green figs, and a sour note.
Appearance: Dark gold. Clear and
Flavor: Seems to be an English-style
Barleywine that lacks the American hop bite. There is a slight
tartness that balances the rich malt. The taste is good (not very
bitter) with fruity, viscous malt character and hints of dark
sugar. This beer has sweet and sour notes that are quite pleasant.