beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft Amber/red pour with a thin off white top Scent is fruit, toffee and some yeast. Taste is sweet malts.
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Brigadier (3535) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewpub
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.
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Sweet smoky malt, nutty aroma. Chestnut with a thin tan head. Roasty malt with a maple like sweetness. Slight dryness in the finish.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours slightly reddish clear brown with minimal head. Nose of toffee and some soft fruits, including cherry notes. Sweet. Not bad.
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
ContemplateBeer (1996) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
tmongoose (2219) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
shrubber85 (10670) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.