marcus (5013) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 20, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This dark brown ale poured with a large brown head and a malty aroma. I hopefully poured the beer into a Ayinger Celebrator glass but, alas, the flavor is way too thin for a doppelbock. There is enough caramel malt taste to make this beer drinkable, but not truly enjoyable.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Something to sip while uploading ratings. Pours Balck with 3 finger tan head that was creamy and white at some parts. The aroma is malty, sweet, etoh, a bit sticky in the nose if thats possible maybe some caramel. Flavor is rather bland, malty some etoh but very minor, some german hops coming through but mostly very sweet overall. nothing special here. but decent and easy to drink.
BeerFanDan17 (897) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - APR 29, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice malty doppelbock. Poured dark with a rich head. Flavors were malty, of caramel, and pitted fruit. Lacked some complexity and was overall not impressive.
patrick767 (3169) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle, 1300th rating - Pours clear dark amber with a two finger light tan head. The aroma is of sweet caramel malt and a touch of dark fruit along with some alcohol. The flavor is similar with those sweet malts leading the way. I’m tasting the alcohol rather more than I expected as 7.2% isn’t all that high. There’s some hops buried in there somewhere but I think it’s the alcohol more than anything that takes the edge off the sweet malt and leads to the fairly dry finish. Some toasty molasses lingers on the palate for awhile.
3fourths (6958) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - APR 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml swingtop bottle pours a dark purple/brown with a one inch tan head. Fruit yeast esters, a slight soy/fuel note and a rich tobacco/dry wood/brown sugar/pepper yeast notes. Medium bodied, sticky, slightly on the sweet side, with a cracker flavored malt base, some sweet plum/cherry/tobacco fruity notes, drying into an ashy and woody finish. Very nice.
Ibrew2or3 (5777) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of fishingnet. Pours dark brown with nice tan head. The aroma is mild with a variety of sweet dark malts mixed with plums and dates. The taste is roasty malts, faint chocolate malts mixing with the odd dark fruity esters. There’s also a mild tartness and spiciness to boot.
rcweir (139) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured dark brown, with thin head, moderately heavy carbonation. Aroma of sweet malts, prunes. Depth of malts hides the alcohol well, rounded profile, prunes, brandy, some burnt toast. A dry resiny/astringent finish.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay Harbor, Maine, USA - MAR 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(500 ml bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/massachusetts/w target=blank>Julio’s Liquors) Pours dark rubyish brown with about 1/2" of tan head that recedes to a thin covering. Aroma is what you might call brown sugar, chocolate and molasses (those are best descriptors I could come up with because aroma notes aren’t exactly like any of those). Mouthfeel is medium-full, lightly prickly, fairly smooth. Tastes mostly dark and chocolatey with maybe some traces of port and molasses. Flavor is quite muted for style and with very little complexity but OK tasting. Not as chocolatey as TH Liberator but slightly similar. Has a bit of a warming alcohol effect that snuck up on me. Won’t make the doppel hall of fame but not too bad anyway.
kwoeltje (2066) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(swing top bottle) Deep brown with hints of ruby. Generous light tan head. Aroma is sweet malt. Flavor is sweet malt and dark fruits.
fordest (1954) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle on clearance from BevMo. Very dark, even for a doppelbock. Aromas were malty and dark fruit. Prune and some caramel. Touches of cherry. Flavors were similar with a bit too much alcohol. Some metallic in the finish, and some bitterness that should have been sweeter. Just OK