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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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This is a dopplebock high-gravity lager. This one is big, black and sweet. It’s malty character is derived from two caramel malts along with Munich malt to create the smoothest high-gravity beer this side of the pond.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Pours a deep, dark mahogany/brown, moderately carbonated, with a soft, khaki head that holds. Aroma shows roasty malts, shoe polish, a tart yeastiness, a touch of chocolate and a whiff of ABV. Malts are featured prominently in the flavor, although it comes across a bit raw and worty. As I get used to it, the roastiness of the malt becomes more enjoyable (albeit with the light sourness of burnt coffee). Mouthfeel shows some liveliness despite its heft. Overal decent. If this was a homebrew, I’d give it high marks.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1259) - Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Bottle, poured dark with ruby hi-lights, good dose of dark malt and sweet with faint cola fragrances, chocolate and a touch of fruit aroma, flavor of sweet, light and dark malts, some roast taste and faint cherry berry that lingers in the finish, small hop bite, nice tasting and smooth drinking, alcohol was hidden.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Poured a very dark brown almost black color with a medium sized beige head. Sweet malt and dark fruits. Some chocolate on the finish. The flavor was malty with a light roast. Moderate sweetness. Semi-dry finish with some bitterness in there. Some fruits in the flavor. Medium bodied with some nice warmth.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
krykel (2) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2007 does not count
a smooth double bock that has almost no bite at the end. it enters sweet and finishes with a nice smooth flavor. for as strong as it is, you would think that you aren’t even drinking beer. nice black color and a rich aroma that leads you to believe you are going to drink something like licorice. when you finally take a sip of this beer, the initial taste will blow you away. when you’ve finished the bottle, its a nice little surprise.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2007
quite a bit of alcohol in this little bottle. label makes it look intimidating but it really isnt so dont be scared.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Aroma is soft chocolates, not invasive at all but is very breathable, not smothering you with any single aroma. Flavor is mild chocolates, with a little bit of cherry, average malts, and a fairly bitter finish. Nevertheless, a good job for the guys, and girls, at Atwater.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9242) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Bottle... Clear, almost black lager with a ruby hue when held up to bright light. Small, creamy, khaki head with decent retention. The nose is of port wine, chocolate and cherries. Sweet, chocolaty and fruity flavor (black cherries). Full-bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Finishes sweet, fruity and chocolaty. Kudos to artusory for sharing the bottle!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Very nicely brewed doppelbock. Rich sweet roasted caramel malts...very little detectable hops. The sweet roasted caramel malt is predominant in both aroma and flavor. Some sweet dried fruits (dates/raisins/plums) in the undertones. Deceptively well hidden ABV creeps up on you when you’re not looking. Quite a nice surprise from these guys and a most welcome bump up in quality!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Clear, dark amber with small, off-white head. The aroma is dark fruits, berries, toffee and herbal. The flavor is berry, golden raisins, pears and caramel. Medium body, soft carbonation, smooth. Nice suprise.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 22, 2007
12oz bottle, courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a dark, dark cherry-cola appearance; light tan head with minimal retention. Light, caramel and roasted malts in the aroma. Medium mouthfeel: caramel and wet malts; white pepper and spice. Medium, wet malt and caramel finish.


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