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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
Oak aged Dopplebock.
This dopplebock is brewed with high quality Munich and Pilsner malts balanced with Hallertau and Saaz, and fermented with a lager yeast. Dopplebocks are traditionally relatively dark and malty German lagers and sometimes are denoted with the “ator” suffix. While this is a great dopplebock, we at AtG weren’t satisfied until we shoved some wood in it. The addition of oak gives this beer subtle flavors of toffee, chocolate and coconut, while providing some dryness to balance this beers malty sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2012
Draft Amber/red pour with a thin off white top Scent is fruit, toffee and some yeast. Taste is sweet malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2012
Pint jar from Party Town. Clear reddish brown pour with a medium tan head. Malty aroma with caramel, dark fruit and roasty notes. Caramel and alcohol flavor with a bit of nuttiness before a bitter roasty finish. Solid d-bock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3535) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2012
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Moving on to the halfway point of the sampler flight I savored this one for a while. A well done dopplebock can stand up to some barrel aging. This one does an acceptable job and grew on me over time.

Aroma / Appearance - The ruby red base was the color of dying embers after a large bonfire. Clingy legs slunk down the sides. Vanilla, caramel, and a sweet candy texture coated the nose with the feel of a bakery. Melted Wurthers and esthers added the final touches.

Flavor / Palate - The dry mouthfeel immediately coats the palate which actually makes it harder to enjoy future sips. If the alcoholic nature was reduced slightly the cherries, caramel and other flavors would be more rich. Instead it is like drinking a warm sunbeam. In fact by the end a slight medicinal aspect crept in. Overall a good attempt but maybe a little off kilter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Growler. Sweet smoky malt, nutty aroma. Chestnut with a thin tan head. Roasty malt with a maple like sweetness. Slight dryness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Draft. Pours slightly reddish clear brown with minimal head. Nose of toffee and some soft fruits, including cherry notes. Sweet. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Draft. Poured dark brown hue with a moderate light brown fizzy head that lasted with good lacing. Good toasted toffee malt aroma. Medium to full body with a dry sticky texture and soft carbonation. Very good well balanced toasted sweet flavor with a moderate to heavy smooth dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid doppelbock.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ContemplateBeer (1996) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Aroma of tootsie roll, toast, cherry, oak and a little raisin. Appearance is dark cola red with creamy bone head. Flavor of cherry/chocolate with molasses and nuts. Palate is lightly creamy. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (2219) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 26, 2012
on draft a darker brown color with minimal head. trying not to compare to other dopplebocks but they kept coming back to mind. this was a decent flavor the sweet malty caramel type and the hint of cherry. flavor was good enough though i did enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10670) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Tap. Sweet cherry and chocolate malt aroma. Dark chestnut color with moderate head. Sweet cherry-chocolate malt flavor with light astringent finish. Nice flavor but malt pretty subdued.

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