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RATINGS: 326   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
This is a dopplebock high-gravity lager. This one is big, black and sweet. Itís malty character is derived from two caramel malts along with Munich malt to create the smoothest high-gravity beer this side of the pond.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2007
12 oz bottle

Thanks to whomever sent this in a trade - I think it was one of the Atlanta crew. It wasnít bad but based on this sample Atwater seems to be one of those breweries who makes good but not great beer. If I were to run across one of their beers on tap I may give it a try assuming the other options were not of interest.

Aroma / Appearance - A one finger oak colored head sat on top of a dark red carbonated body. Blackberries, Dr Pepper and red licorice had me thinking I was at the movies with a large soda and a jumbo pack of Twizzlers. Dark bittersweet chocolate hid in the background.

Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel was a bit of Coke without the carbonation. Blackberries, topioca and burnt toast formed a mildly boring feel across the tongue and throat. The finish of iced tea laced with fruit kept things from being a total waste. On the whole however I just did not get excited while finishing the bottle. It was certainly done well but just felt lacking. Then again, not everyone can make the perfect beer every time so I am willing to give them the benefit on the doubt on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Very nice doppelbock. Liked all the alcohol content. A very big and dark beer. (heh, just like it says)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
MagooinPA (100) - Warminster, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2007
12oz pour to a nice white head that was gone in 2 seconds. Sweet nose along with a vinegar smell mixed in. If this is not a bottle gone bad, then this is one of the worst overall beers I ever had. Zero body for a Dopple and the flavor is sweet candy, no hints of anything good. This has to be a bad bottle. Glad I only bought one. The worst $1.95 I have ever spent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Pours a very dark brown that looks cloudy. Small tannish head that keeps with a small film of head.Mild sugar on there. Smells like the candy they make bracelets out of that you bite pieces off.Then there is some wood on there too. Then there is some minor caramel notes. All of it adds up to very little really. Flavor is okay. Smooth, yes. Full of character, no. Sweetness rises up several seconds in and really sings on the tongue for a bit before it dies down. Just not much else going on really. Nothing interesting. Feel has a good carbonation and the liquid is good. But overall this is one not exciting dopplebock. Even the 9.5% alcohol doesnít really mean much when I donít feel motivated to finish it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 03/19/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade

black, fine tan head, light sweet aroma, creamy body, rich sweet dark caramel malt flavor, some nice chocolate shows up after a while, very light balancing bitterness,

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (7141) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2007
Bottle. Wonderful brew. Amazingly the alcohol was not at all noticeable, at least for such a strong brew. Slight fruit aroma, with nice notes of caramel and plum.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (3405) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Deep brown color. Nice yeast, wheat, and bread flavors. Roasted caramel malt gives this one some body. You get that candi sugar too. I think thatís the munich malt but I am not a pro at that sort of thing. Purple fruit flavors like plum. Add in some caramel and you get your beer. Would like to see this a little more full bodied with a little more malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Did I mention in an earlier review that this brewery is named for Atwater St. in Detroit, which is damn close to the water? Not what a doppel is supposed to be, really. Too carbonationy, too watery, faint smokiness on the aroma is all. And whereís the buzz Iím supposed to be getting from 9.5%? I wanna challenge; this is not a worthy fucking adversary.

Now playing: Shostakovich 4. I saw two music buffs stating agreement that this is his best symphony. Likewise, not a worthy fucking adversary. The man pads it with stuff that goes nowhere like thereís no tomorrow. Shostyís symphonies can go shove it and Iíll stick to his chamber works. There -- your classical music lesson for the day. Youíre welcome.

(Now, the man in the black pajamas. Thatís a worthy fucking adversary.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2007
12oz bottle. Deep ruby brown with a moderate sized tan head. Sweet caramel malt aroma, with a little plum in the background. Flavor is again sweet malt, with dried fruit, brown sugar, and toffee. I expected a bit fuller body. Long, sweet finish, with some alcohol burn evident. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours chestnut colored with a light head. The aroma has leather, rubber, new car smell and roasted malt. Lightly sweet notes in the flavor of sweet caramel and toasted grain, molasses, some metallic hints and just a touch of dark fruit. Medium body, and fairly carbonated with a light creamy/slick finish.

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