hopmelt (104) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours medium brown with orange hues, slight thin head, nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate, doughy malt, caramel, molasses, dark fruit. Taste malty, dark fruit, fresh dough up front, then chocolate and alcohol, then mellows into caramel, molasses and more dark fruit, cherry, rasins, dates, slight spicy hop character balances it all. Mouthfeel aproaching full, moderate carbonation, alcohol warmth present sweet finish. Very well made beer, excellent example of style, good balance and complexity.
Maverick34 (2041) - New York, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown pour. Breast malts, caramel and some dark fruits. Pratt good american db.
atlrizzob (134) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear reddish brown. Maybe a slight aroma of molasses. Slight hop not on the taste with other flavors of malty caramel, molasses, nutty and a little sweet. Pretty good.
TomTron (355) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper pour with no head to speak of. Mostly caramel malt aroma but faint. Definitely got the sweet, creamy doppelbock flavor Iím accustomed to. Loses points for the lack of head, but definitely a tasty offering. If itís brewed for a Fat Tuesday release, I hope they donít offer this to the zoo down on Bourbon St. because it would make it more of a shit show than it already is. Good brew from one of my favorite brewers regardless.
ARH (153) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle poured into an english tulip pint. Rich malt aromas start the beer off, particularly bread, and caramel. Thereís some doughy and citrus notes as well, and some hints of spice and a faint we cardboard or maybe a wood scent. After the initial pour, the aromas are mostly muted, although caramel is most prevalent. Initially a huge, soft, creamy brown-yellow head sits atop this beer, but it reduces to a thin, whispy, dishwater layer fairly quickly and leaves no lacing. The body is a brilliant amber-orange color. A medium-high malty sweetness is balanced by a light bitterness. The body is rich, medium full, with abundant carbonation that falls somewhere between soft and fizzy. Its an oily texture that goes down smooth. Nuts, figs, toffee, and a touch of pine come through on the mouth in addition to the molasses and citrus that came through on the nose. Thereís a faint dark chocolate taste too that shows up near the finish, but is soon supplanted by a bready & caramel finish with a light , but noticeable herbal spice (anise?) and a root beer finish. Itís rather refreshing, and mostly clean, although a mellow, mostly molasses with a touch of burnt toast, flavor swells in the aftertaste.
alliance100 (364) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle - pours a medium/light brown with very little head. Sweet malt and faint caramel aromas . Medium bodied smooth palate . Taste is slightly bready , with sweet molasses . Outside of Germany ... very well done . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
TimsRatings (365) - - MAR 9, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From 12oz bottle.
Pours a pretty red. Sweetness from molasses permeates the aroma and taste. Odd aftertaste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
solidfunk (3004) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent. Pours clear mahogany without head or lacing. Some light coffee and dark chocolate. Light caramel aroma as well. Some nice pungence in finish that showcases the roast a little more. Tap at Churchkey.
gendv138 (349) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (dated 2/10/14) poured into a tulip-style goblet. Pours a nice clear amber color with half a finger of off-white head that fades quickly. Aromas of caramel, sweet malt, sweet dark fruit. Tasting notes of sweet dark fruit including plums and figs, caramel, sweet malt, light booze. Medium carbonation, sticky and slightly thin mouthfeel. Medium-light body with a dry finish. I donít drink a lot of doppelbocks but this is pretty nice!
Jesterdeal (1655) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Barcade. Aroma of brown sugar, toffee, browned apples and raisin. Pours red brown with not much of a head or film. Taste is sticky sugar, some dark fruits and a weird red apple peel finish. Wasnít super impressed with this one.