Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2008 Almost black red-brown with a decent tan head that dissipates quickly to a small ring. The aroma is of sweet malted grain, fruit, esp. raisins, it’s very alcoholic and has a caramel element. The taste is wine, raisins, a hint of fruitcake, it’s sweetish with a hint of bitterness, smooth and doesn’t taste as alcoholic as it smells. It’s somewhat meaty and a little reminiscent of a malt liquor, but a tad more complex & rich. As it warms, it is smoother and more caramelly. It’s not bad but not really my type and is not a beer to drink in large amounts or often.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2008 500 ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours a very dark translucent brown with a small off-white head that quickly recedes to nothing. The aroma is light with apple, cinnamon and earthy notes. The flavor is rich with apple, cola, sweet malts and almonds. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but fills out nicely by conclusion and the carbonation is lively and prickly. The finish is long with more cola and a touch of astringent alcohol. Overall: A very enjoyable and drinkable beer. Recommended.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml bottle from BevMo Carmel mountain. Poured a hazy brown with a reddish hue. Very thin, tan head with not much lacing. Nose was of weak hops, and slightly sweet malt. Not much flavor to speak of, can’t compare to Celebrator or Salvator Dopple Bock.
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 (5570) - 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 (3513) - 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 (8073) - 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 (2910) - 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 (660) - Oceanside, 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.