jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml. swing top bottle, coded freshness date at the bottom center of the back label, sampled in a pilsener glass.
Poured a ruby hued dark brown with an robust pale tan head of creamy foam that slowly settled into a thin sudsy lacing, fair amount of sticky lace at the brim of the glass.
A bit strange smelling for a doppelbock because the hops are the first thing I noticed, floral and quite herbal. Further whiffs reveal traces of sweet fig-like fruitiness and roasted barley, traces of smoke. Also in the mix is estery alcohol.
Not as full bodied as some doppelbocks, but I like it. Enough carbonation to give the moderate body a creamy firmness, crisp and dry, this is a smooth drinker. In the beginning this has a fermented sugary sweetness balanced by a nice mild sour fruitiness, prunes and figs, before turning roasted nutty in the finale. The hops are more assertive than in a lot of doppelbock, a good herbal spiciness that has an drying, cleansing effect in the finish. The alcohol is barely noticeable at first, just a low temperature fruity warmth, then it acquires the hop spiciness, adding an sharp alcoholic bite to the dry ending.
When I saw the 7.2% ABV, I was worried this was going to be a relabeled Cambonator Doppelbock, but it is very different from that. Different and slightly unique tasty, I thought this was very enjoyable, well worth picking up a bottle of this to try for yourself.
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This has a dark brown body with red around the edges and a huge light tan had that vanishes quickly. It has an aroma of dark toast and sweet roasted malt with just a touch of floral hopping. Seems a bit thin and watery. Some molasses and charred wood is added to the flavor, the latter combining with the floral hops for a mildly bitter finish. Drinkable, but there are many better ones readily available.
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DYCSoccer17 (3226) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 15, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
16 ounce bottle purchased at BevMo in Vacaville, CA. Lagerish, floral, metallic aroma with just a small hint of anise. Lightly spicy, herbal hoppiness is in there as well. Transparent cola-colored body with a medium light tan head that hangs around a while and leaves a bit of lacing. Lightly spiced hoppiness to start, before it becomes malty with some salty molasses present. A bit of smoked malts is also there, which is then followed by a starkly bitter, hoppy herbal finish. Not a huge fan of this. Just doesn’t seem too balanced or drinkable.
Skinnyviking (6383) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle., Small and quickly disappearing white head. Very dark clear brown body. Roasted malt barley malt aroma with notes of cocoa. Spiciy and yet relatively sweet and sugary coffee flavor. Low carbonation and long sweet coffee aftertaste.
mjg74 (2459) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from BevMo. Deep ruby colors upon pouring. Moderate dirty head. Slightly sweet roasted aromas. Some malts. Flavor is like burnt coffee beans with some sugar thrown in. Full bodied and fairly sweet.
ChazMania (642) - Pasadena, California, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. This pours a dark caramel color yet with no head. Aroma is of the malty caramel vibe and the flavor follows suite.
Kind of fizzy palate with not much good lingering texture.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Translucent chocolate amber in color with a swirling, glacial grey head and phlegm like lacing around the edges. Aroma emits charcoal, toasted hazelnuts avec tinsel, milk chocolate bubblegum and caramel cola. Subtle, sweet and smooth aromatic chocolate talc. Flavor first positions itself with spicy, ginger candies lightly laid on broiled butterscotch. The trail end of each sip contains toffee rings with bock enclaves and a hint of cocoa laced licorice for the backbone. Spritsy tongue trait numbs the lining slightly but does quick work of offsetting the aggressive flavors to come full circle with an enjoyable palate load and flavor compound. Cocoa toffee in pumpernickel bread does a dance with cocoa nibs as a butterscotch caramel cola recesses eloquently on the way out. Solid performer.
envane (567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very boring straight up coca-cola sweetness. None of the deep malt flavour that a dopplebock should have.
ABUSEDGOAT (2277) - California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark reddish brown, moderate to small head, some lacing and retention. Aroma is caramel, molasses, nut and a surprising amount of grain. Unrefined, somewhat sloppy, I have to agree. Medium to light body, thin mouthfeel. I just had Hamm’s before this one, and there were some similarities. Nuff said.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hopefully this is not Cambonator relabeled, not that Cambonator is a bad brew, but it would be nice to know that some breweries are not retagging things for export. Dark brown color with a bright chestnut color when held to the light. Moderate old bone/antler colored head that diminishes somewhat quickly leaving a heavy ring on the edge of the glass. Very nutty aromas, with hickory nuts and a hint of wintergreen and herbs. Something about Altenmünster where I expect a somewhat funky herb and nut aroma. I’m catching some cola and grape soda as well. Not the sweet clean doppelbock aroma I was hoping for. Fairly thin in feel. Not much life to this one. Much sweeter start than expected. Sweet wheat, with candi, raw sugar and corn syrup start thing out. Middle has some light herbal and floral hops, but not enough to balance all the sweetness. Finish has some sweet chocolate and a touch of sugar coated almond. Now I am wishing this was Cambonator. One fairly unattractive sweet mess.