Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at GTMW. Poured deep brown with a medium cap of beige head. The aroma picked up toasty aged caramel with a nice complement of molasses and herbal hoppage. The flavor was along those same lines.. warm caramel and husky notes with accents of herbal and earthy bitterness. Medium-bodied with decent flow across the palate.. I thought this was fairly well done.
drowland (5871) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had on tap at the brewpub. I just remember this one being fine, and drinkable, but just not particularly memorable.
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at the brewery/brewpub taproom in northern Madison, Wisconsin.. Pours a semi-clear cola brown brew with a creamy off-white head that quickly dissipates to a fine film and thick off-white ring. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, some flowery and grassy hops, a touch of dark tea, brown sugar and a touch of raisin. Taste is medium to full-bodied, light carbonation with a thick malty character and very flavored with tastes of caramel malt, raisins, dark pitted fruit and a touch of chocolate. Finish is slightly metallic while the high alcohol is well-hidden, it also has some aftertaste of tart brown sugar and a mild bitterness that lingers around after the finish.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampler pour on tap at the brewery pub (Madison, WI). Pours a rich ruby brown hue, glowing copper edges, touches of haze. A small tannish head dies and turns to a tiny ring, minimal lacing. Aromas are sticky, cherries and caramel. Biscuits, bready malts, touches of heat, some smooth sweetness. Not real toasty, more mellow sweet, a touch dark sugar, and a touch boozy. Initial is medium bodied, a touch lighter giving a distinct red cherry, touches of fruit, apple, and biscuity malts. Caramel, toffee, bread, and mellow banana, touches of crisp sweetness, light abv related heat. Middle is a touch sweet, but not thick. Offering touches of alcohol, red cherry, malty caramel, toffee, and biscuits. Bready malts, some nuttiness. Sticky and red cherry finish. Odd one. A bit hot, simple, and just not a style that is my jam to begin with. Ok, overall. Yet a bit simple for how big it is. Meh.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper to umber color with a moderate soft peak off-white head. Aromas of caramel, toasted malt, mild husk and hints of DMS (grain silage). Full malty flavors. Some mild metal and grain as well. Full feel. Earthy finish. A touch rough, but a solid brew.
notalush (4572) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Strong beers to not appear to be this brewers forte - I swear if this were not so clean, I would have believed I was drinking straight up wort - tastes like sugar sweet malt with vaguely bock-ish character hiding underneath (caramel, nuts, raisin) - smooth, I suppose, but mostly just sweet, boring, and lacking the richness and complexity you’d want in a doppel.
badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The incredible Skyview lifts another impossible growler from a brewery! Dark brown color with no head. Sweet grain aroma and some chocolate. Very strong, sweet, fresh grain taste. Lots of caramel and chocolate. Very nice.
JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2008
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Thanks to Skyview for sharing. This one really is not very good. Grain aroma and grain flavor. Dark red color and a tall head. There is something off here. It doesn’t taste m’uch like a doppelbock at all, and certainly not a traditional German bock.
nuplastikk (4085) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewpub. Thick orange-brown color. Very thick malty tastes. Some sublte hoppy bitterness underneath. Thick and rich, a very nice American DB. Lacks some of the subtle malt and yeast qualities found in some German examples, but makes up for it with a fresh quality mouthfeel.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Ale Asylum. Copper with a thin tan quickly fading crown that leaves some layered lace. Aroma of malt, toffee, caramel, alcohol and nuts. Taste of toffee, caramel, mild dark fruits and some toasted malt. Finishes up a bit dry and the body is a touch oily.