loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - APR 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown, almost opaque, with a medium tan head. The aroma was full of caramel, alcohol, Juicyfruit gum, and some gentle fruitiness. The flavor was beyond sweet...woweee! It was full of Juicyfruit gum (exactly!) caramel/toffee, chocolate, wood, fruit, and some nuttiness. Medium thick feel...crisp carbonation with a wet finish. Very nice Dopplebock. Thanks to BBB63 for this one.
craven5000 (87) - Westville, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown caramel pour. All black under the short lived, slightly creamy, tan head. Musty, woody aroma. At first, a fuller, thicker, big sweet mouth feel (caramel, plum?). Then, it gets sharply cut through by bitterness and alcohol leaving the mouth a bit dry. Strong flavor. The alcohol is not very hidden.
TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2006 Mucked brick. Creamy, dusty-pearl froth. Luscious malt nose with shades of plum, grape, candied apple, caramelized sugar, and leather. Faintly metallic and meaty with notes of alcohol, cinnamon bread, and medicine. Well-placed esters. Thick, soft mouthfeel. Mellow carbonation. Starts with a rich malt structure, before an effortless transition to burnt sugar, medicine, leather, and earth. Scattered notes of smoke, peppery alcohol, and chocolate. Finishes lightly rooty, with that continual malt richness and crystal sweetness, alongside some scorching alcohol at the back of the throat. Thankfully, there is some juiciness and star anise, which make the sweetness tolerable. Overall, itís a nice brew if you discount the sloppily-masked alcohol.
3fourths (7511) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown. Musty, nutty smell containing almonds, and maple. Fairly strong alcohol profile, along with some nice pine plum flavors. Thick bodied. Very malty.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark and mysterious! Almost porter-esque reddish brown with thin fizzing tan head. Maple and sweet sugars mix with a woody alcohol nose. Front is sweet and alcohol warmed. Nutty and mapley, somewhat syrupy middle. Dry, nutty again and more alcohol at the end. Very enjoyable for a Doppelback. I like this style, without the overbearing sweetness of malts, as in most I have tried. As it warms, I would guess it had been aged in port wood or an alcohol barrel...maybe rum. My favorite from this brewer!
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish brown color with a medium head.Alcohol very obvious a few sips in. Nice oak nutty flavor is evident. Overall a good dopplebock from this small brewery.
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2004 RERATE 2004 version: This batch has better attentuation which bring the hoppy nature more towards the forefront even though the batch has an increase of chocolate malts. The balance has much improved over the 2003 version. My first rating was only 2.6, now it's a 3.7, I liked it so much more that I bought another sixer, just for myself....Original Reviiew:Pores to a dark red brown color and a brown head which doesn't last very long. A strong maple and nutmug aroma opens up but the alcohol smell announces this beers strength and tends to become dominant. The alcohol level is even more noticeable upon the first sip (much like a strong port or sherry). Other tastes are more subdue, black current and an oak dryness finish on the side and back of the palate. Has the strength of the best doppelbocks from Germany but not quite the style. Overall drinkable every now and then.