tgncc (2753) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It’s a big 64 oz with a swingtop bottle. I have to wonder if the bottle was poorly sealed, b/c the beer was fairly flat, no head. Nuts, caramel, toasted malts, bread on the nose. The color is an attractive ruby red brown. The flavor is like the aroma, except with more brown sugar and dark fruit. The finish is brown sugar and fruit sweetness, no hops, no bitterness. Medium silky mouthfeel, too thin for the style. I normally love dopplebocks, but this is very mediocre.
Headbanger (3249) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16.9 oz bottle 10/4/09 (Sam’s Wine & Spirits)-Pours a medium brown with a full off white head. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, and some sugars. Taste of the same with some dark fruits, caramel, and raisins. This medium bodied brew is fairly light for a Doppelbock but still rather tasty and fairly balanced.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml brown swingtop bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Pours a deep mahogany with a finger of off white head. Decent malty aroma with some dark sugar. A little alcohol in the aroma, but not the flavor. This seemed a little thin for a dopplebock. It had some molasses and a bit of noble hop bitterness in the middle. This was a fairly lackluster example of a dopplebock. Perhaps it was a bit past its prime.
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 26, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It’s kinda strange to have a dopplebock, especially one called Winterbier Dopplebock, in the middle of a Summer in California, but here it is. The beer pours out a dark rusty brown color, cloudy with small bubbles rising up to the top. Very small head on the pour, which melted into just a scant 1/8" head. Subsequent swirls bring up a cream 1/2" head, but it melts quickly.
Aroma starts out very light, some light toffee and vinous notes, and baked potato. Warming up some bready notes come out and light metallic/dirty penny notes. Flavor is lightly roasted malt notes, a bit irony, a bit of biting alcohol, and a finish of dark fruits. I would have like a little more complex finish, maybe a little more sweetness. Not bad though.
BREWMUSKCLES (2205) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A roasted, strong cereal grain brew as farm fresh and authentic as one can get. one can tell this brew is brewed long and is strong of malt and that fresh malt flavor. good liquid body and foamy as well with a long rolling and enchanting light brown and foamy head into the glass. a bit of sweetness is the only real comment that i can make with regard to flavor. dark brown and traditional for the colder months.
obguthr (3670) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2009
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells weakly of grain, figs, and wet dog. Clear brown, medium tan head. The flavor is of roasted cereal, and figs, with coffee notes underneath. Dark chocolate and grass finish. Not terribly hoppy. Thinnish mouthfeel.
Philweiss (2) - Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2009 does not count
4.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Just about everything I want in a Dopplebock. Dark color, head that starts off strong but settles fast. Nice roastiness and caramel in the flavor. Almost as good as Celebrator.
JK (4377) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good, bock aroma, with caramel and malt. Dark red color. Lots of malt in the flavor also, some read meat, and more caramel. Very low carbonation. This is good bock.
Snot19kilo (103) - Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2009 Pours brown and ruby in color This cascading head but short lived with no lace. Malt in Aroma. Flavor- Sugar too think for any real taste. a little bitter but that really it. Maybe thin in body and taste but it is filling and strong in finish. nothing to the beer but it’s damn good. if a flat beer can be filling and good than this is it. I doubt the 7.2% ABV far too smooth for that.
beerbill (3333) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
.52 gallon swing-top bottle. Pours a clear dark brown with some glints of ruby when held against sunlight. Moderate off-white head that lasted until mid-glass. Pleasant aroma of malt. The flavor is much fruitier than I was expecting with cherry and raisin along with the malt. Some herbal notes present in the flavor as well. A bit more hops bitterness than I would expect to find in a doppelbock and not quite as rich or smooth. Still, a nice solid beer.