LinusStick (3156) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Meh...a very average doppelbock. I wonder if this would taste better before the long journey here. Aroma was a weird mix of skunk, metal and dark roasted caramel. Pour was deep dark amber/near brown with a one finger white head. Taste was the same as the aroma. A little thin and watery with an equal mix of metal and burnt caramel. The finish left a nasty taste in my mouth. Medium carbonation. Not very good
kerenmk (3814) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Porter&Sons Tel Aviv. Pours clear dark brown with a hint of red and a big white head. Roasty malt aroma, raisin and rain forest. Rich bitter taste, some roast in the mouth as well. Smooth, full body, abrupt finish. Quite decent.
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours reddish brown. The aroma is light roasted with tones of caramel, dark bread and herbal/floral hops. The flavour is light roasted, caramelly and mild grassy. The mouthfeel is soft and chewy. Medium bodied.
Frank (3841) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This is sort of a misfire as far as doppelbocks go. It looks nice enough w/ it’s brown, clear color, white head and fine lacing but despite the fact that it was not skunked even though it was in a green bottle, there is still something here that just doesn’t work. The nose is grain husks w/ a metallic twinge that grows stronger once the beer is tasted. Tis is a bit oversweet, sticky thick w/ vigorous carbonation. There is a bit of alcohol in the finish and overall this just isn’t that good.
ChainGangGuy (4707) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2012
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
11.2 ounce bottle - Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Best Before: 10/02/12.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a slim, bone white head.
Smell: An unappealing sniff of grainy pils malt soaked in ethanol, hardly yielding little notes cherry cola.
Taste: Store-brand cola and a sweet thin drizzle of simple syrup for the pils malt. A dark fruitiness and decaying grass clippings introduces a sudden and surprising alcoholic harshness, which sort of embodies the taste in the cruelly long finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: No need to make any excuses for this, as it’s just a rather poor example of the style. I didn’t finish the bottle, I couldn’t finish it. I got 99 problems but a Bischoff ain’t one.
r464 (2250) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty and sweet. Hints of nuts and caramel. Smooth finish. Rather good overall, but not outstanding.
hotstuff (4762) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle purchased at Total Wine & More, Naples, FL on 12/07/2011. Poured a medium sized frothy, semi-fizzy ivory head that mostly diminished. Transparent body, one ring of lacing and a reddish-brown hue. The aroma was malty, caramel and semi-sweet. Ditto for the flavor with a semi-dry finish. The mouthfeel was oily and this is a light-medium bodied beer. Overall, this beer was easy to drink, but it lacks character.
rondphoto (3618) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber with a light head and no lace. Decent caramel malt and light chocolate moves to a warm semi-sweet malt finish. A little light and watery, but drinkable.
RobertDale (5088) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 26, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
11.2 ounce bottle. Pours dark brown with an average biege head. Aroma of sweet malt, dark fruit and chocolate. Taste is similar. Just a bit of hops and a bit metallic. Just OK.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Dimpled Mug.
Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with moderate off-white head, settling to a thin line.
Aroma: Caramel, spicy hops, cherry, molasses and soy sauce. A little mild.
Taste: The taste is...odd. Some of the aroma comes through (cherry, caramel, soy sauce), but there is also some sickly dark fruit, and something akin to gasoline. Then there is a sudden, strong spicy hoppiness at the end, along with a medicinal aftertaste. However, it does taste better (just slightly) than that description sounds.
Palate: Moderately low carbonation, medium body, tingly off finish.
Overall: While the worst Doppelbock accusations seem a little unfounded, it may be the worst Doppelbock I have personally had, so maybe there is cause for those comments. However, I could imagine worse.