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Frelser - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 150
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: John_M on 03-13-2010

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Photo of korguy123
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip. No date.

A- Completely opaque brown/black pour with the slightest light shining through around the edges held to light. Three finger light beige head that leaves chunky, sticky lacing as it deflates.

S- Sweet stone fruits, slight toast and cereal with a touch of coffee and brown sugar. There is a aroma best described as brandy soaked figs or dates. Touch of molasses.

T- Wow, that is excellent. Dark coffee and brown sugar. Brandy soaked figs and dates with a nice raisin sweetness. Bitter chocolate burnt toast. There is a alcohol finish but it isn't off putting it actually helps and enhances.

M- Full bodied, creamy than you get the carbonation and alcohol which helps wash it all away.

O- I really do enjoy Mikkeller beers. I think this is probably their best one of the bunch I've tried. What's really nice is here at the LCBO the price is almost 6 dollars less than everywhere I've seen in the states so I'll have to pick up more. (962 characters)

Photo of mintjellie
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rich mahogany colour with ruby highlights. Pale beige head is massive, tight, lacy, and fairly retentive. Big malty aroma reminiscent of raisin bread, buckwheat honey, toasted nuts, cacao, and a hint of alcohol. Deep toasted bread flavour, rich dried fruit character, molasses, all very well-integrated into a faux-fruitcake profile. A hint of Restrained sweetness. Firm woody bitterness persists long into the finish. This huge beast of a doppelbock is unbelievably balanced. Heavy with restrained carbonation. Smooth, rich, velvety mouthfeel. Almost no alcohol heat. I can't believe how easy this is to drink. Big, richly flavoured, and gulpable - not much more I could ask for. (680 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a (synthetic) corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

A: Pours damn near black with some faint ruby/chestnut hues at the edges. Capping this was 1 1/2 to 2 fingers of dark khaki colored foam. Not massive but thick and creamy and sporting fantastic retention. Nearly the whole inside of the glass was coated with sticky lace.

S: Home made caramel and nut studded toffee, booze muddled dark fruit, bakers chocolate, fudge, and smoked malt. Solvent alcohol tickles the nose as it warms.

T: This beer is like an excercise in sweet and savory. Pan scorched caramel and/or molassas, booze soaked raisins, bittersweet chocolate, fudge dipped cherries, campfire, toffee, roasted nuts, and a slowly creeping alcohol flavor.

M: Wow! Thick and full. This feels "pillowy" on the tongue as it's drawn in. Starts sweet with the perfect amount of Noble hop tang. The middle sets off a peppery bitterness...equal parts hops and abv. While the finish is a blend of the two. Sweet, tangy, and prickly.

D: The only thing keeping the D score from being a "5" is that the abv, while not intrusive, finally makes its' presence felt towards the end of the bottle. Other than that, this was fantastic! The hits just keep on coming from Mikkeller! (1,254 characters)

Photo of NewGeneric
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dansteino for always having a great selection.
Poured into my hefeweizen glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby that fades to a medium orange-brown around the edges of the bottom. Three fingers of caramel cappuccino foam sit on top fading ever so slowly. Lacing abounds around the sides of the glass. This is my first trippelbock, so I don't really have a basis for comparison, but it looks pretty freaking amazing.

S: Smells pretty much like a doppelbock. The malt backbone is pretty much the dominant force, but it is humble enough to allow the other players their share of nostril space. Subtle, yet bountiful fruit is the most present force beyond the malt. Mostly figs, plums, raisins. They are followed by a nice breadiness and caramel. Throughout the whole aroma is an ever-so-small hint of sour/funk. I'm not normally a fan of this, but it plays well.

T: Very interesting. Almost like a blend of doppelbock and porter. It starts off very much like a doppelbock. Nutty, caramel malts complemented by dark fruits and just a touch of hops. A barely noticeable sourness becomes the intermediary for the two styles to blend. It is followed up by a roasty finish, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Wow.

M: Decent, but there is quite a bite up front which leads into some hotness from the alcohol. Other than that, everything is pretty smooth.
EDIT: I noticed a lot less bite and alcohol heat as this warmed up. Mmm...

D: Well, let's just say I will be buying a few more bottles and aging at least one, hoping the mouthfeel improves. Thank you Mikkeller. (1,561 characters)

Photo of kaufmaal
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, for a "retired" beer, our local has had a number of bottles for a while, so I figured what the hey.

It pours and looks like a stout: very dark brown, almost black, with a chestnut head. Some very nice lacing. But the smell is that of an amped-up tripel: lots of sugary dark fruit, bready, maple syrup, grape jelly, black plums with the red inside, bazooka bubble gum.

Initially, this is a sweet, fruity, beer: lots of sugary rum raisins, maple syrup candy. The carbonation stays with this one, and for me, there's a bit too much of it. That said, there is smoothness to it; it's not as creamy as most bocks, but there's a velvety texture that lasts. After the first wave of sweetness, then we get some spice and some sour along with the sweet: orange marmalade, candied ginger, five-spice, burnt sugar, booze. A sipper, for sure. (837 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfection in a glass. Dark brown pour, very rich looking color. No light is coming through and there's nothing lighter around the edges, it's just dark brown through and through. The head forms beautifully, slowly, cascadingly. It's a tan color and foamy thick with many different sized bubbles. That head retains very well and when it does finally start to die, it leaves a thick lace behind. The appearance is all world.

Very malty nose. Chocolate and caramel malts, along with some earthy malts. Very grainy with a barleywine-like scent.

I dig the taste. Again, very malty. Chocolate and caramel are accounted for, but there's a slight scotch ale flavor. And like with the nose, it's got some taste similarities with a barleywine, just not the extreme hoppiness. Kind of like an English barleywine.

Very thick and syrupy. It's somewhat on the sweetside early on before it turns faintly bitter midsip. Almost chewy, very full bodied. Only as the beer warms does the hoppiness and alcohol begin to build. The hop profile seems to be of the Noble hop varietal. The faint bitter and alcohol warmth is on the lingering side.

To hell with double bocks, this is a trippelbock. It's super high ABV, but it's so easy to drink. Honestly, you'll sip it because it's got such a barleywine character, but it goes down much easier. (1,346 characters)

Photo of Stocean1
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - beautiful two finger beige head with a tinge of orange - good retention, thick sticky lacing coats the glass all the way down - a deep chestnut brown body - murky

S - Blast of brown sugar, toffee, with herbal hops - yet also citrus and pine - some chocolate and plum and fig - really something

T - Follows the nose soaked in booze in a good way - definitely a sipper to be enjoyed over an hour or two - sugary malt up front with the aforementioned toffee and dark fruit - the hops shines through on the back end with citrus (orange zest) and pine - the last kick is worn leather

M - is full yet smooth with plenty of alcohol - balanced bitterness - dangerously drinkable for the abv - a little carbonation

O - Big bocks are typically not my favourite style but this one is the exception - it reminds me of the Nogne RIS and I will definitely be grabbing a few more before they are gone. With a brew this complex you do not always get it, but I definitely got this one, well done. (987 characters)

Photo of mtbdonn
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S-750ml bottle from Beers of Europe, Kings Lynn, UK.
A-Nice lasting beige head on dark, reddish-brown opaque brew. Medium thickness, very nice lacing and light head throughout consumption.
S-Sweet molasses, caramel aromas and strong notes of spice.
T-Molasses! Hints of caramel, chocolate, dates, hops.
M-Full-bodied warmful beer with a velvety texture.
O-Excellent beer! Reminds me a bit of BCBS. This beer will age very nicely! (432 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

01/19/14 From bottle at home. Eeeek! This is a muscular brew. Big nose, big flavor & big alcohol. Coffee/Toffee/And a little Smokey. Almost chewable. Lingering. No burn. Impressionistic. Yummy! (194 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I would put this in the Double Bock category. Imperial Double Bock? Maybe? Or just a big Double Bock.

Deep mahogany liquid with a cappuccino head. Definitely dark. Definitely motivated.

I've let this warm up, and I feel the tone has changed somewhat dramatically since it was cold. Woody earth aromas, with notes of blackberry and currant. Some dried fruit and a sense that this beer is here to turn it on and all the way up.

Full-bodied palate, the carbonation is surprisingly soft, almost like a great Belgian beer feel. Rich and malty without being sweet. Dark berries, a hint of coffee and licorice come to mind. Boggy earth? Sort of a bitter wood finish.

This is a very well-crafted mammoth of a brew. Better put your shoes on before you drink it. (757 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date but I figure it must be pretty old since it's retired.

A- Pours an opaque dark brown color with a 3/4 inch orangeish(?) head that retains decently before slowly making its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing trickles slowly down the glass.

S- Has that signature rustic Mikkeller aroma with a pronounced malt sweetness and a bit of booze fume.

T- Flavor reflects the taste with more sweetness that I now realize is quite sherry-like plus some dark fruit notes of raisin and fig. ABV is incredibly well-hidden. There's a very mild roast quality to it and the hops are subtle.

M- The creamiest, softest lager I've ever had. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Mikkeller continues to deliver. My girlfriend put it best when she said it's like a lighter bodied quad. Well worth the $14 for a 750 mL. (924 characters)

Photo of weller1js
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a hazy, deep red with hints of orange hues, heavily carbonated with thick, tan, foamy head that dissipates into a similar lacing.

smell: very sweet, floral hops are predominant, with velvety Belgian notes of yeast and malts complementing the smell with notes of dark fruit, very pronounced.

taste: begins boldly, with the body of the malts enveloping the palate first with a slight smokiness that develops into the hop notes, like the smell, very floral and sweet, dark fruit notes, finishes with a sweet crispness with a bitter lingering.

overall: having both the elements of a trippel and a doppelbock, strong but not overpowering (surprising given its 11% abv), not too heavy, very enjoyable. (716 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a little bit darker than cola. The head is rocky tan and enormous, lasting forever. Scads of lace completely coat the glass on the way down. The aroma is of plums, toffee and some roasty malts. The taste is a malt explosion with lots of christmas cake and cookie dough. Hops provide a very solid balast to the malt assault (hey, I need to use that one again, or not :). Some piney notes are noticeable. An over-arching warming alcohol is present throughout, though far more subtle than most beers of this high gravity. The mouthfeel is incredibly full bodied for a lager with an active carbonation.

This is excellent stuff, Im pretty sure it's the best bock Ive tried. Complex and very drinkable, be wary of the high ABV though - this one is for sharing. (761 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aged a year and a bit

Appearance: fine cappuccino head lasts a few minutes; dark brown with a faint red tinge, like root beer

Aroma: concentrated dark berries - cassis, blackberry, red grape skins - are strong; some toffee, caramel; intense cutting and acidic; lightly of chocolate, and overall very intriguing

Taste & Mouthfeel: sharp and striking at first, hitting hard with astringent and resinuous hops; berry flavours taking a backseat but are still integral, adding to the general sense that this beer feels like a liqueur or brandy - the alcohol is also front and centre, providing a pleasant burn; some bitter chocolate particularly stands out in the finish; midway through, toffee malt becomes more prominent, making this a truly warming beer, perfect for cold winter nights; medium body, proper carbonation

Overall: a fantastic interplay of intense flavours, that somewhat ironically mellows you out (ahem, 11%..); beautiful for sharing around a fireplace (969 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mugs Ale House...
Appears a dense, dark chestnut toned brown. A fluffly tan head slowly fades into a gentle cap and collar.
Smell is of cocoa, bread, ripe bananas, toasted nuts, molasses, tobacco, and minty hops...kind of a "junior mints" smell coming out. Ohhh Yehaw MOFO!
Taste is of the aromas with a toffee flavor coming through with a touch of raisin bread and a smack of vanilla. Delicious stuff and quite addictive.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, syrupy, and spritzy.
ABV is evident but this is really tasty stuff. The Danes pull off a classic German style with a twist. (582 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i have to start by saying the new label on this one is lights out amazing. billed as a triplebock holy ale, it shows the hand of some spiritual leader marking the forehead of the mikkeller character, but instead of the as wednesday cross, its the mikkeller hat, so sweet! love it! oh, and the beer inside the bottle here is also one of a kind (at least in my experience). only loosely a bock as we know them. malty red shaded dark brown sugar color, with a lasting and expansive white milky head that looks like star san all shaken up in insane concentrations oozing out of a carboy. the nose is understated compared to the flavor, but you dont realize that at first, because of course you smell it before you taste it, and its unassuming. malty and sweet, not unlike other big bocks, but the flavor is radical. its germany meets belgium meets denmark in a style that was never even real well defined to start with! genius! starts sweet and grainy, like unfermented wort with a hint of soy sauce on the finish, but not gross salty soy, gentle subtle soy like you might find mixed with honey in some otherworldy glaze, that is how this thing finishes. not stupidly complex, but pulling about as much flavor out of grain as possible. brewers magic here. like nothing else, and if this is lagered like most bocks are, or are meant to be, then even greater props for it. full body, and its sweet on the front end without being overly thick, and yet the finish thins out a little, and certainly isnt very sweet at all, which is shocking and unique and extremely pleasant. nothing bad to say about this one, except regretting how long i took to finally try one. this may be the final evolution of bock as a style, its that good. (1,722 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big up to my BA from another mother andrenaline for the hookup in our latest trade
A - deep dark hazy ruby brown, ridiculous tower of tan head left lots of random sticky lacing as it slowly faded
S - sweet grape jelly, chocolate, raisins, and buttery toast aromas .... oh, and grape skins like my buddy andrenaline, HAHAHAHAHAHA
T - strong grape medicine like phenols, chocolate and mild coffee maltiness, a mild leafy hop presence, with a butter & molasses finish, super tasty!
M - heavyish and sticky, creamy smooth, finishing sticky sweet, not even a hint of the monstrous ABV
O - extra tasty and drinkable, super pumped on this, highly recommended (652 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black. One finger of foamy light brown head formed with good retention and moderate lacing.

S - A big sweetness up front with dark caramel, toffee, vanilla and sticky candy aromas. Some bready malt aromas in the background. The ABV is noticeable but seems to fit in well as it cuts through the sweetness. Very robust overall nose.

T - Sweet caramel, toffee and candy apples up front. There is a big, warming alcohol presence that at times becomes a touch hot but largely blends in well with the big sweetness. The background adds notes of bread, vanilla and a touch of chocolate ad licorice.

M - Medium body with a really big chew at times. Light to moderate carbonation. (739 characters)

Photo of gollem
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No longer brewed? That's a shame. This birthday present is a full-bodied beer giving you a full mouth. Deep dark, malty, a bit caramelly but not too much though the strong smell suggests it. Mrs. Gollem says "nutty-toffee" and a little bitter--I guess I agree with that.

For me, this is totally on the dark side, the side I don't necessarily like to go, and I should have opened this after dinner, with a cheese plate, but this is as good as or better than a lot of stouts and doubles I've had.

Update January 2014: Had another bottle of it, a big bottle (with Mrs. Gollem, yes), and I feel the need to up the grade a little bit. My my what a mouthful of delicious beer this is. Still a bit too dark for me, but man, it is so full and rich. I'm looking at the empty bottle, and the last sip, from half an hour ago, is still with me--almost like espresso in the back of my mouth. (880 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, CO. Around $17 IIRC. Split with my girlfriend in to two New Belgium Globes (which for future reference are perfect for splitting a 750ml into two glasses).

A: Pours a very dark brown, verging on black, with a khaki brown colored head, incredibly dense and rocky, excellent gobs of sticky lacing and great head retention as well. This is definitely on the dark side for the style, but it doesn't look too bad.

S: Initially a slight bit of cinnamon, some caramel malts and some spicy alcohol as well. Lots of grain and bread and a few notes of raisins and candied fruit. It smells a bit on the sweet side, but that is definitely to be expected from a "triplebock". Pleasant in the nose.

T: Wow, caramel and a great cinnamon raisin profile as well, almost a doughy, bready profile as well, nice little bit of hop bitterness there towards the end and just a hint of boozeyness towards the very back end. This beer is not nearly as sweet as I had anticipated, and that is really pleasant. Has a unique bitterness, maybe a bit of mint as well, but it is pretty faint. Very enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied with an excellent dry finish. I can definitely feel the boozey heat, but its in the gullet, not the mouth.

D: Well you certainly wouldn't make a habit of downing pints of this, but this is definitely not hard to quaff. There is no noticeable booze in the mouth, but I can feel it in my throat and in my belly, but this is enjoyable. Definitely recommend this. Maybe a bit pricey, but this is definitely a tasty beer, and I'm bummed that I didn't grab a second bottle. (1,608 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark Hellish red colour with beige bubbles for head. Not much lace. Looks thin, but OK.

Smells sweet, complex, raisiny. Plenty of sweet sugars, with molasses, sherry and brown sugar. Slight peppery twang late spices it up. Really quite lovely aroma.

Taste is very enjoyable as well. sweet, malty from start to finish with brown sugar, English toffee and some port wine. Raisiny as well adding a squelchy fruit goodness to proceedings, but finished with a slightly crisp lager character that just clips off the sweetness. Touch of black pepper and cumin on there as well. Really enjoyable night finisher: would happily pair with my finest cigars.

Bit untextured body unfortunately, full and thick but could use more zip.

Lovely beer. A bit malt bomb to savour, lovely balance struck. (794 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a massive head, which slightly subsides but remains present throughout. Pours with a medium bodied thickness. Sits in the glass almost pitch black but when held to light a very dark amber color is produced. Carbonation is active but pretty low overall.

Smell: The front is a sweet caramel, molasses, and bourbon front. A malt body warms up and evens out the aroma. There is a sugary black licorice finish that lingers for a while. This aroma was much brighter then I had expected but is no doubt delicious.

Taste: While the aroma is bright, the flavor goes in a much darker direction. The front is a very rich malty front which comes off with a very creamy texture. Dark chocolate and some vanilla accents come through on the back end. The finish is a slightly spicy alcohol finish and a decent hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy, malty, delicious.

Overall: This beer is outstanding. As it got to room temperature so many more of the rich flavors made themselves present. I think the high alcohol may have suppressed some of the flavor that you may get in other bocks, but there is a different level added by the high abv. Another awesome bomber by Mikkeller, looking forward to more. (1,217 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There's a certain sweet spot in my heart for well made dopplebocks. I'm highly critical of them, but when I find one done correctly, I'm all arms. But what we have in frelser is a dopple- dopplebock because of the exorbitant alcohols and malt balances push the beer into the outer orbits of the style.

This version of the "liquid bread" of beers pours with a very rich and creamy weight- it looks somewhat like milkshake as the carbonation has a hard time pulling from the beer beneath. But the structural beer shows an extremely dark crimson hue with an onyx-like sheen. It's a beautiful color for the style. The beer is capped with a mocha-stained whipped topping that's creamy, dense, and just as rich as the beer. The beer sheds pocketed islands of lace with as much confidence as any beer from Germany would be proud to exhibit.

Strong malty aromas of lightly scorched toffee, toast, maple, brown sugar, and buckwheat offer up a rich aroma that's also of fruitcake, rum, plumb, dates, and figs. It's both savory the umami-rich savory aromas and fortified with light coffee notes.

The taste is sweet but supported by malty structures that aren't completely dependent on sweetness. The same molasses-type sweetness is met with the almost-meaty flavor of grilled breads, heavily caramelized malts, and near-soy sauce like savoriness. Dark grain fruitiness of dates, figs, and plumbs hinge on prunes and raisins- if ever so slightly. Rummy alcohol, dense bready richness and dried fruit portrays a fruitcake- like taste (in the most pleasant of ways). The beer only offers timid woodish bitterness to signal closure with mild bitterness in the back of the taste.

The beer's texture lives up to its nickname of "liquid bread" in that it is thick, heavy, and lightly chewy. The high alcohols hardly present themselves- only to thin the beer and contribute light rummy warmth to signal closure. That and the slight quiver of sweetness that introduces grain and wood to finish- the lager lingers indefinitely with a lot of the flavors that makes port, rum, and dried fruit flavors so irresistible.

Frelser is a seamless dopplebock that weaves together a lot of varying and challenging flavors that are otherwise hard to wrangle. But the beer is ultra savory, succulent, and satisfying to the taste buds, stomach, and mind for a very complex and effortless session. (2,367 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 15/5/12 bottle sent out by liamt07 cheers dude

A dark brown until held to the light and then it has a deep ruby glow, not enough clarity to see deep into the glass but there`s several streams of tiny bubbles floating up the side of the glass. the foam is dense mocha and retains very well slowly falling to a tall island surrounded by a thin film, lots of spider web lacing

S chocolate covered raisins, molasses, dark nutty toffee and some hops are still kicking around, a little coffee and booze but its well concealed all things considered,

T the roast is a little darker then the nose with some dark dried fruit on the finish I didn`t smell, rye bread, hazelnut chocolate come out and there`s a little more booze and even a little citric hops everything I smell is still there too, this tastes great

M fairly full and creamy, just a little heat and a massive hazelnut toffee aftertaste, a little sticky on the lips with a bitter bite

O complex big ass beer in my glass today, tastes awesome and I can only imagine how much hopping it took to shine through all the malty goodness, a nice balance though I`d drink this again

for a solo attempt at a 11% 750ml I had no issues downing the entire thing, I`m not sure if that`s a good or a bad thing. I`m curious how this would age with the hops fading but it`s drinking great right now, another thanks to liamt07 for the chance at this one (1,429 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My friend left this at my house about a year ago.

A - Pours deep ruby with a three finger beige creamy head. Good carbonation coming up. Light comes through, but just barely. Good rings of lace and a finger of retention.

S - Marvelous. Raisins, dar, fruit, brown sugar. Very small amount of alcohol. Rich dark fruit. A very nice aroma.

T - Sweet, but not cloying, tobacco, some dryness and dark fruit. A little alcohol. Malt bomb for sure.

M - Nice carbonation, full body, dry finish with a plum-like flavour.

O/D - A pretty nice Doppelbock. Complex and strong with a nice sipping character. Complexity and a good flavour with new notes I'm picking up on as I go. A nice beer that deserves time and attention. Good stuff. (726 characters)

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Frelser from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.