jgb9348 (4979) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy, 70% opaque dark brown body with a thin light brown head. Aroma of coffee, raisins, plums, grapes and a bit of roasted malt - very sweet smelling of raisins for sure. Medium-bodied; Roasty flavour with malt and raisins the strongest, then fading soon afterwards to more of a subtle sweetness and a touch of nuts. Aftertaste is relatively mild, especially for the style, only some sweetness and a bit of malt tucked in. Overall, a rather mild and very sweet beer from the style, but not a bad beer in any way - a touch thin, but that’s okay too. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan on 16-January-2011 sampled at home in Washington on 13-February-2011.
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber with a small head. Aroma of fruits (cherries and plums) and sugar. Flavor is same as aroma. Not bad.
flatmatt (1208) - Northville, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours deep red brown with a yellowy tan head. Aroma of malted milk balls, toffee, and dark fruit, interesting candy aromas in general. Flavor is comparable to a sweetened breakfast cereal I think, probably a raisin bran since there are also dark fruit flavors. A little bit of smoke in the finish. Kinda grows on me, actually. Not bad at all.
r464 (1981) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish brown in color with tannish colored head. Malty aroma with hints of cherries. Sweet, but deep, flavor. Woody. Hints of dark fruit.
iceman15658 (133) - Acme, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle to pint glass. a bit more watery than expected but aroma and appearance were pluses.
guzzler67 (1538) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, reddish brown appearance with a creamy beige head and good lacing. Caramel malts emit a nutty, butterscotch-like aroma with a touch of molassas. Sweet, malty, toffeeish flavor. Palate weakens a bit near the finish. Alcohol is well hidden and debuts only in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel. Not up to par with the better dopplebocks, but still an uncomplicated, easy to drink winter warmer.
alobar (2992) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark copper color with ruby tones. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and roasted malt. Caramel, dark fruit, toffee, and a hint of floral hops comprise a flavor that is quite enoyable.
bth122 (1324) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a dark copper color. Med head. Aroma was very malty with some citrus smells. Med sweetness with lite bitterness. Med bodied. Taste was mostly malts. Maybe taste a bit of spice.
JDBaker11058 (1444) - Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2010
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Appearance: medium amber brown with a HUGE fluffy, bubbly white head. Aroma: straight caramel, toasted malts, brown sugar and a good amount of funk. Taste: tangy, a little sour, and loads of malty sweetness. Finish: lingering caramel sweetness, but an unpleasant tang remains as well. Notes: Average and uninspired version of a doppelbock. Perhaps an old/skunky bottle. Couldn’t find a date anywhere.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
[Bottle] Pours a caramel color with a small amount of off-white head. Aroma and taste of toffee, roasted dark malts and grains. Some cinnamon and nutmeg. Sweet and a little cloying. Buttery notes too. The alcohol is more noticeable than it should be. Messy taste with no real direction to it. I’ll likely pass on this next time.