? The Riddler ? | Rock Art Brewery

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? The Riddler ?? The Riddler ?

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ah yes, lay this one down in your cellars for years to come. Enjoy this one alone for it’s malt and hop complexity.

Added by velo343 on 04-08-2007

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
1.75/5  rDev -50%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

22 oz. bomber into Chimay glass

Rusty root beer, big carbonation with a head that is soo light it basically just dissapears and looks even more like root beer. The carbonation level looks really high, but it's not supporting a head. It actually looks very lifeless, eventhough it's bubbly. This beer is a riddle!

It even has the smell of root beer, a belgian yeast with Brown ale but with medicinal herbs, sweet fruits but not much else. I'm not detecting a realy hop presence and the malt is subdued by the yeast.

O.k, I feel bad totally ripping a beer, Rock Art has my respect with it's willingness to experiment and I know this is hard work for any brewer...with that said, this flavor is horrible. It's full-on bitter disaster, metallic, medicnal herbs that taste like it's been loaded with the fake-sugar "Sucralose". And boy does that nasty flavor linger...I can't really enjoy whatever else might be in there. You can taste a mossy chocolate malt that seems to be something like a brown ale. I'm glad I only paid $3.69 for this becuase most of it is going down the drain....it might actually clean my pipes!

It starts out crisp, but that doesn't last long, oily going down.

"The Riddler"...it's a riddle all right, but to be more precise I would call it the "Joker" because this stuff is a total laugh.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
1.8/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Warm inviting ruby rising sun orange through a dark sky. Looks like my glass is full of cognac. No head to speak of.

S: Warm candy sweetness, a hint of booze... and ... ?

T: Primarily bitterness. Pretty shitty riddle. Metallic, dry, oxidized (and less than a year old)

M: Metallic, nearly flat.

O: I opened this planning on using the ass for dregs in a starter. No fucking chance of that. I don't even want to finish.

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Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Afraid of this beer ever since I tried their double esb but I'm going for it. Not sure of age on this one but I got it from a spirits unlimited, a chain liquor store known for selling dated beer, but it being a Dubbel it should hold up to a couple of years at least. Think funky brown color with no visibility through the glass. Thin lace of off white head lots of action hoof on in the glass. Subtle.nose of raisins and fusel alcohol.

Not terrible, might actually be fresh. Full thick mouthfeel. Sugary malt sweetness up front followed by caramel and chocolate covered rum soaked raisins. Finishes with a spicy hop finish which tries to balance the beer but doesn't do it so well. Some.detectable.alcohol and lingering chocolate like sweetness. Different but simple for how big it is without enough balance, body holds up but there's not much carbonation to challenge it.

Displays an over powering.licorice taste as it warms. Cloying sweet and not very good.

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Photo of MrMonkey
2.02/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark amber, almost brown, with no head whatsoever. It's completely still, lifeless really.

Smell is raisins, yeast, a hint of smoke, some chocolate, and piny hops.

Taste is much like the nose, but it is very chalky and bitter, with the slightest hint of green apple. The finish is mostly pine sap. Overall, the taste is very metallic and although it has the potential to be a dubbel, it just falls short.

Light to medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very thin for the style.

This is one of the few beers I've had that I struggled to finish. Almost a drain pour. Not really a dubbel, but I'm not sure what style this would actually fall into. Not recommended.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells like garbage. Smells oddly of sweet fruit, alcohol, and pine/turpentine. Not good.

t - Tastes of dark fruit, alcohol, sugar, and licorice. Not good again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Not a good beer. Would not want to have again.

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Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of dsa7783
2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped for $3.05 from Wine and Liquor Outlet in Boonton... Brown bottle logo claims that this sample was "Influenced by a Belgian yeast..."... Pours an attractive murky-brown complexion with some carbonation visible and a decent-sized frothy head that soon receded... smell had a noticeable caramel and slightly sugared aroma to it... Although the nose was decent, I was pretty dissapointed by the taste, which was a very bitter, slightly sour and not-at-all tasty representation of a dubbel... a clear lack of complexity, rounded off by an off-balanced malt combination leads to an undesirable, bitter finish and poor aftertaste... Mouthfeel was more light and watered-down than anything, and the drinkability was poor due to the fact that this beer lacked any real depth or character to it... This one was a miss... Not recommended...

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Photo of jwc215
2.92/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours brown with a thin, fizzy off-white head that becomes a vanishing isolated patch. Looks cola-ish with a small patch that disappears.

The smell is of cocoa, some earthy spicing, some raisins. Overall it has something root beer-ish about it, with some alcohol.

The taste is of molasses, sweet cocoa, rock candy, sweetened anise. There is a pumpernickel breadiness (from yeast strain?) Alcohol comes through in a drying way. Some bittering, almost non-descript (grassy?) hops balance the sweetness - but is neither sweet nor bitter by the finish, which is rather abrupt. Looks a bit better reading the description, but the taste is so mild and "something about it" just doesn't work so well.

The feel is rather thin/weak, with a boozy kick that seems to give it more of a body than it has. It has some carbonation, but misses the boat on "Belgian-esque" - might not have aimed for it...still - it's a bit awkward in any case. An unpleasant aftertaste comes and (thankfully) goes.

There is a listing of suggested food pairings. I would rather not experiment with it to find out...too awkward, and in the end, things just don't mesh so well, for me. It does have a certain drinkability, I suppose, but wouldn't return to this despite the very reasonable price tag of about three bucks for the 22 oz. bottle.

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Photo of hwwty4
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to the trading partner that gave me this bottle. I don't remember who you are. I think I've had this bottle for a while. Decided to cull my cellar a bit since I needed bottles for homebrewing.

This beer pours a murky, muddy brown with just a flicker of a head that leaves non lacing. Honestly this is a fairly ugly beer. You don't see those very often. Kind of looks like carbonated mud water. The aroma is roasted barley with a light chocolate and caramel. Slight raisin notes but mostly burnt barely and chocolate. The taste is fairly similar. For some reason it reminds me slightly of a Barleywine more then a Dubbel. Roasted barely and chocolate powder, slight raisins. There is a watery aspect to the flavor profile also. Really, it just is mediocre. Middle of the road. Nothing very spectacular. The mouthfeel is light, thin and watery. Not what I want in a Dubbel. Overall its just a mediocre beer. Not that impressive.

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Photo of NoLiberty
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App: Pours from 22oz bomber into Urthel chalice. Color is deep, clear, ruby-brown with a nice one finger thick white head that settles into a light coverage around the edges and slight lacing.

Aroma: Malty sweet, subtle spicing underneath with light dried fruit. Warming alcohol dominates as it warms. Definite earthy yeast flavors as well.

Taste: Baked biscuit flavor, followed by light sweet raisin notes. Alcohol comes through at the end. Overall the flavors seem right to style but way too light, almost watery. Finishes with some light spice, mild hop dryness and metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Body is light to medium bodied with subtle carbonation.

Drinkability: Ok, but not great. Could better balanced and with fuller flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, brownish body with a thin, wispy off-white head.

Smell: Spicy aroma with caramel malts, a bit of cocoa, and two scoops of raisins.

Taste: Caramel malt with plenty of sweetness and tart raisin fruitiness. Hint of cocoa. Light bitterness. The high level of phenols along with the alcohol make for a fairly course finish. This is what we are dealing with here, people.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Severely lacks any depth or complexity, and what is there doesn't mesh well at all. Some beers just plain do not work for me.

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Photo of amnesia85
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of tpacek
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry roasted, almost smokey character with some subtle fruity undertones. The taste is average as well. It has a very dry and alcohol laced flavor that boasts of roasted malts. It's thin with some smokey character. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average beer and probably one for scrap heap. I'm glad I had the chance to try it. Thanks almychristopher.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Deep auburn-highlighted, light maple in color. Creamy, frothy off-white head that plasters the tumbler's sides upon impact. Thick patches of condensed lacing around half of the tumbler.

Caramelized brown sugar, nutmeg, and clove over aged, vinous fruit: plum, fig, raisin. Perfume-filled floral hops that impart off-lavender and jasmine aromas.

Mild, biscuity-toffee base with notes of diacetyl and honey. Semi-sweet brown sugar and nutmeg that is overtaken by a cutting corriander and clove spice. Notes of licorice in addition to aged cherry, raisin, and fig. A dry finish is followed by a bulky clove and warming alcohol aftertaste.

Almost full in body; a touch too carbonated that retracts from the aged fruit and makes for a dry mouthfeel.

The earthen, spicy flavors are not all that pleasant for a stab at the Dubbel style. Balanced for the most part; however, none of the individual flavor qualities really hit the mark.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of the bomber this brew was a root beer-like brown with some ruby highlights. The head was tan and fizzy, laced ok and retained ok. Good aromas of caramelized malts, some chocolate, yeast and dates. The all malts at first, then sweeter with spices and fruits in the middle and hoppy at the end. Nice progression in this regard. The yeast however, adds an unusual twang to the symphony that really throws the whole thing off. The mouthfeel is average. In fact the beer is average, and the flavor is to blame.

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Photo of deanhead
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rummy with raisins. It's clear there is some alcohol in this beer.
Lacked the body I might expect in a beer like this. With that said the Mouthfeel was on the lighter side of medium. It comes in thin, then builds up as it is warms my palate

It's somewhat drinkable, but lacks dimension for this style. It just doesn't have the complex layers one would expect in a dubbel.

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Photo of DruC4
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of jaxon53
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of almychristopher
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

this beer pours a brown color with golden highlights, the head is tan but doesn't stick around for long. the aroma has some noticeable yeastiness about it that I don't find especially appealing. other than that there's a bit of malty sweetness, and some sort of dried fruit. the taste is much the same although the alcohol, that was only mild in the aroma is a little overbearing. the mouthfeel is a little thin for a high alcohol beer... deffinitely not my favorite beer.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Need deep brown color with quite a bit of haze. A finger of mocha colored head. Spotty lacing.

S: Nice sweetness and maltiness. The yeast comes through but it is not very strong. A touch of coffee in the back.

T: Much better than the nose. Roast right up front into some malt sweetness. Then a touch of coffee which is a nice departure for a dubel. Only the slightest hint of fruit that I also look for in the style.

M: A touch dry. The yeast really went to town on this beer.

D: Again for the price this is an excellent beer. It is bone dry though and that does cut down a bit on drinkability.

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Photo of Phelps
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Gentlemen, we've had our fun, the game is done. The heroes we've outclassed; it proves what we've always said: nice guys finish last." - The Riddler

A: the beer sits in my tulip glass a dark mahogany, almost completely obscured, with purple-brown and light amber highlights. There's no head, save the thinnest fizzy ring.

S: cinnamon, molasses, maple and roasted pork. Interesting.

T: prunes, raisins, cinnamon, molasses and brown sugar along with an odd woody character: I'm thinking cedar. Vodka heat blasts the throat before slightly dry finish.

M: medium, velvety body and some medium, fizzy carbonation throughout. Crisp at the finish.

D: a pretty middling stout, from beginning to finish. The flavors were a bit light and I picked up some tastes and aromas that just seemed off for the style. Drinks easily enough, but not worth a second go.

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