FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Screw cap Bottle date April 2008, Sampled December 2007
The beer pours with an initially three-finger thick, light tan colored crown of froth that disappears fairly quickly to a dusted covering of bubbles. The beer sits in my glass an opaque, brownish tinged, almost black color that shows a brilliantly clear, amber-hued, ruby red color when held up to the light. The green bottle has not helped this very much, though I would not characterize it as smelling skunky, it does smell a bit of stale beer. Underneath this is a really grassy note that seems to be from both hop and malt. Faint, concentrated malt notes (a touch of caramel, some toasty notes and some biscuit-like notes) are perceptible at times, but sometimes only just so. Overall a fairly week nose, especially for a Doppel Bock, this would be a good nose on a Vienna or something like that.
Sweet and malty tasting up front. This has a slight, herbal hoppiness to it that is nice and it even has a touch of bitterness to it. It is perhaps a touch thin for a Doppel Bock, but does have a nice, medium fullness to it that causes the malt to cling to the palate just a bit. Touches of dark malt flavors show up in the form of toasted malt, a touch of chocolate, chewy caramelized malt sugars, touches of brown sugar and even some dried fruit-like notes.
Not a bad beer, it just seems to be missing a certain oomph-like quality. Somehow this one just does not really do it for me. Perhaps not as rich as I would like to see in a Doppel Bock, but it is flavorful enough to be tasty if not even enjoyable.
Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson, AZ
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cl bottle from Plaza Liquor - Pours a clear brown color with a one and a half finger thick off white head. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is dusty grain and herbal hops. Flavor is lightly sweetened toasted carmel malt with faint nuttiness. Medium body. A decent beer.
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap at Christkindlmarket, Chicago, IL. $7/pint. pours brown with creamy off white head. nose is tough to get but it clearly has a nutty and toasted grains. flavor is sweet and caramelly with cookie finish. a bit watery palate. alcohol pretty well hidden. a sweet beer for sure and lacks a lot of complexity but decent for a non-beer related festival.
McGarnigle (580) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle best before 4/24/08. Screw top cap (!). Cola or dark tea color with off-white head. This is mostly a standard doppelbock. Malty, perhaps some licorice. The alcohol comes through, and there’s a touch of hops at the end. Decent, but nothing more.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Cola in color, thin sudsy off-white head, sparce lacing.   Fairly rich bready nose, very minor dark pitted fruit, as well
as black cherry skin.   Sweet bready malts on the tongue, minor dark pitted fruit skin.   More flavorful than other examples, by
far.   Not as thick or cloying as many either.   Enjoyable, at least to me.   Body and mouthfeel are well rounded.   Drinks
fairly smooth, tiz fairly clean, minor warming.   I have never been that crazy about Doppelbocks, but this one works for me.   Apple
skin emerges after the finish.   Pleasant to drink I say.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 9, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
500ml green screwtop bottle: Poured brown, not real dark but dark enough. Clear. Smallish beige head. Light roasted malt aroma with just a hint of chocolate. Alcohol bite in the initial taste, like rubbing alcohol. Jiust a touch of malt but it is quickly overcome by the alcohol. A little bit of chocolate towards the finish. Mildly bitter. Not terribly good.
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2007
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
500ml. thanks steve! pours ruby/brown with a decent off-white head. appears to be too heavily carbonated. slightly antiseptic soapy nose. medium palate with mild chocolate flavor. that’s about it. pretty lame, i love the style but not this example. cloyingly sweet with no roasted malt at all.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Christkindlmarket, Chicago, IL. Pours a dark brown with a smooth tan head in a clear plastic cup. Nuts and chocolate in the aroma. Very malty. Chocolate nutty flavors, roasted grains. Sweet, medium-light body. Nothing to make it stand out, but not a bad dopplebock either. Its nice to get a bit of Germany in Chicago. And although this doesn’t come in a boot, it sure as hell beats the Gluwine.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Old Heidelberg in Bethel, CT. Poured a dark mahogany with a small off-white head. Aroma of some toffee, grape, fig, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is surprisingly dry, especially considering the comparably mild alcohol content. Flavors of some dark fruits and a bit of molasses are present, making it lightly sweet and pretty nice to drink. Finishes again with a bit of dryness. Did not knock my socks off, but was agreeable and pleasant to drink.
thegreenrooster (3537) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
My first screw cap bottle. The cherry is broke. Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is small amounts of caramel malt and not much else. Flavor is a bit of dark fruit and a wet hop. Some malts come up at the end but nothing to make this one to look for. Pretty poor for the style and it comes from the fatherland!