DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Barrel to Bottle in Vacaville, CA. Pours a dark amber color. An malt lovers dream. Lots of vanilla and caramel flavor with a hint of oak. Just like the description says. Could have used a little more carbonation, but still a good beer.
tgncc (2900) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vai trade with Crajun. Nice aroma of bread, ripe fruit, toffee, vanilla. The appearance is deep red, off-white head. The flavor is sweet ripe fruit, bread dough, toffee. Medium in body. The finish is sweet, pine needles, citrus, vanilla. The oak is not obvious. Very nice beer. What a dopplebock should be.
jake65 (2730) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Dark copper in color with a little more than a finger of creamy beige head. Very inviting aroma… vanilla, oak, caramel, and bananas. I love it! The flavor is rich and sweet, very dessert like. Coconut, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, and caramel. Very light oak, but its there as it warms. A faint pitted fruit presence. Decadent. This is a supreme dessert beer. Brings back memories of Wii golf at the Forrester with Jordan and Wade… that was the Baltic Porter, but much of the same flavor profile here. At $9/bomber I nearly skipped this over… glad I gave in and tried it. A great experience! I can chalk this up as one of the best beers I’ve had in 3-4 years. Wow.
Bulk_Carrier (2277) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes
The appearance has an amber/brown body with a one finger off white/tan head that dies at a moderate pace to a film coating the top of the body. There is some clearness around the edges of the body.
The smell : holy candied fruits - mainly figs, but sweetly combined in a woody (perhaps a more oaky sense).
The taste is extremely sweet through candied fruits, sugary aftertaste, plain sweet yet somewhat dry finish.
The palate is about a medium, slightly sessionable (interesting as I’m reading the ABV is supposed to 10....hmmm?). Carbonation seems to be spot on.
Overall, this is a dessert beer of a doppelbock, interesting take on the style, pretty sure I’d have it again and hopefully a bit fresher next time as I’m unsure if the alcohol possibly died in this a bit as it really doesn’t feel anywhere close to 10%.
chuckstout (278) - Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice vanilla oak aromas with some caramel and biscuit. Pours a nice copper with nice creamy head. Nice taste of tannins creamy full bodied smooth with some sweetness and balanced bitterness and tannic levels. Nice hidden 10% tasty stuff not what I envisioned for a Dopplebock but good
raphael (919) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A doppelbock with an edge—but not from hops, It’s rich & yummy with toffee, peaches, oak & alcohol (ala sherry). Aroma a layering of similar sweetness with toffee & plum, plus alcohol & woodsmoke. Not cloying or heavy in the mouth, sweet alcohol finish. Reddish amber clarity with modest tan head,
furthur (214) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler pour. Skiff of head disappears immediately, leaving beer the color of dark cider. Aromas of spice (rosewood), ripe sweet apple, plum, caramel. Flavors of ripe apple, oak, raisins, bourbon, faint bitter finish. A bit sweet over all, but this beer reminds me a lot of shiraz. Palate is smooth, tiny sharp bubbles a nice counterpoint to the viscosity. This beer is every bit as good as I remember it was from the bottle I didn’t rate. Wish they’d make this regularly, but it might be a one off.
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Joe Popeck and served in my Aventinus glass; Pours a beautiful mahogany turning to deep brown hue, oily tears. Heavy caramel and toast with an overtone of figgy pudding. Moderate oak and vanilla bean with a dash of pecan pie. Touch of smoke and ash towards the finish. This is quite sweet and is approved by the American Dental Association with it’s malty overload. This ultimately becomes pure Southern styled praline in liquid form, not for the faint of heart.
Jethro6191 (465) - Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear deep copper with a thin beige head. Boozy aroma, malt, and bourbon notes. Very sweet flavor with caramel, toffee, bourbon, oak, and vanilla notes. Rich mouthfeel with a sweet finish.
ShawnC (76) - - JAN 18, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malt syrup on the nose a touch of agave nectar. Palate is simple but adequate. A bit too sweet. Brown sugar syrup and oak vanillin. Not very balanced.
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