Werckmeister (101) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - NOV 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
redish brown, clear color, brown, light foam. in the nose malty, chocolate and some fruits. little carbonation, tastes malty, bitter, medium sweet finish. good body.
MarkoNm (774) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - NOV 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown color, topped with a fine tan colored head. Malty aroma, some fruits and caramel also present. Sweet, malty, caramel. Not my favourite.
thirstyrabbit (1157) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark red/brown body with a tall head. Aroma has a warm bready roast with all kinds of red berries. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Bready taste with a nice roast and pleasant hop bitterness. Chewy finish with more roasty bread. Great balance. So fulfilling. Maybe it’s because the timing is just right but tonight it feels almost perfect.
gregner (16) - Cedar Park, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown/black in appearance. Tan head, sweet malty aroma with hints of caramel and raisins. Smooth taste with roasty sweet malt, slight coffee and hints of caramel, and raisins. Medium body, low carbonation. Low hoppiness, light bitterness. My favorite doppelbock to date.
Zekada (269) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Mogwai Mat&Bar. Aroma of malts, raisins and dates. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Taste is very sweet and full of malts. Palate, though, is very thin and drinkable. Overall a disappointment, heard much good stuff about this beer but I guess it is not my type of beer.
Optimatorjoe (5) - - NOV 16, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very smooth caramel flavor. Excellent beer, one of my favorites along with Optimator. Only negative is that is more expensive than Optimator.
UrbanCaveman (77) - Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip at approximately 45 degrees F.
A: Pours like a heavy molten caramel, and settles into the glass a deep, rich ruby brown, like a well-worn bit of mahogany furniture. Holding the glass to daylight reveals burnished copper-bronze highlights and the faint shadows of fingers on the opposite side of the glass, with bubbles streaming merrily by. The head is impressively thick and foamy, a beige color, which leaves rather persistent and thorough lacing down the glass.
S: Warm baked bread, sprinkled with crumbles of toffee and drizzled with sweet caramel, open the aroma. Lurking beneath the malt bouquet are some fruity notes, like currants and dates with a suggestion of plum. The nose is yeasty, malty, and warm.
T: That is, in fact, a liquid loaf of brown bread, dunked in caramel and molasses, then dipped in toffee as if breading it for frying. While the previously mentioned fruit hints are present, if deeply buried, there is a distinct note like old leather and an almost chicory sort of bite as it goes along. Towards the finish, there is a bitterness not unlike a varnished wood, which fades into a molasses sweetness during some sips, and lingers as a wooden bitterness with others. As the beer warms, the odd bitter notes fade into the background, allowing the sweet, rich, and complex malt to star unmolested, and allowing the currant-date notes to come more forward.
M: Full, rich, and sticky, this beer clings to every mouth surface. There’s a sharpness from the carbonation, which seems a wee bit heavy to me.
O: Given the wooden and slightly earthy notes this doppelbock carries, I understand why many tout it as the best of the doppelbock line. I am in no way suggesting this is undeserved, nor that this is a poor quality beer in any way, shape, or form, but it is not my favorite doppelbock as a devout malthead. The odd notes that seem like hops trying to come a little too forward for my liking cut down on my enjoyment - when I want a doppelbock, I want glorious, unrelenting malt and associated flavors, not anything trying to balance or even display hop flavors. Hence, my rating this beer below other doppelbocks, in spite of my unabashed Privatbraurei Aying fanboyism.
Neorej80 (154) - - NOV 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2014 Aroma of rasins, cherries and oak. Thick oker brown head. Smooth vanilla, bit of rasins and malty flavours but not too sweet. A bit dry rauchbier like aftertaste. Great bock!
tonypreto (128) - Akron, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into pint glass. Looks great. I wasn’t a fan of the hints of fruit in the aroma and lingering in the aftertaste. You.can tell that it is quality, I just wasn’t a fan of the plum/raisin overtones.
SinH4 (274) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2014 From the bottle at Bräustüberl Aying. Finally. Beautiful black appearance with small grey head that becomes a ring soon (edit: when you pour it not as carefully as the waiters there do, the foam is huge!) Aroma is complex and balanced, malty, coffeeish, bready. Taste is amazingly smooth, with roasted malts, bitter espresso, bread, not sweet or boozy at all. Smooth creamy mouthfeel - a bit watery maybe, but not irritating - and a rather dry finish which is still a bit warming. A bit of chocolate remaining. Low carbonation. Very balanced from the beginning to the end. Super Doppelbock!