jefcon (1377) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin pour, very little carbonation, light in color. Aromas are caramel and toffee, honey and a bit of vanilla. Palate is fleeting and slick. I want more richness and depth from a doppel. Lots of caramel, hay and vanilla cake on the finish. Lightly hopped.
keanex (1431) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, best by July 2014.
Appearance: Clear golden orange body with sediment in suspension. The head is huge and fine, fading semi-quickly. The head has a light tan hue.
Aroma: Big and malty, biscuits, butter, caramel and playdoh. The aroma is malty with an odd assortment of characteristics.
Taste: A bit too malty, caramel and biscuit are strong with a slight butter presence. Booze is present from start to finish, though mildly, but noticed mostly on the finish. Very malty but not very pleasant. There’s a slight metallic tinge by the finish.
Palate: Full-bodied, light in carbonation.
Overall: I really wanted to like this, but it falls a bit flat. I get that it’s malty but I’m getting some diacetyl and mild tinny flavors that shouldn’t be here. I’d give this a try again next year.
ben4321 (3859) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 750 ml bottle from Buy Rite, 3/24/14
Aroma: The nose is sweet, with caramel malt, dough, spice, and some German yeast
Appearance: Pours a clear orange color with a creamy off-white head and some fairly strong lace
Flavor: Similar flavor component-wise, complex, rich, and sweet, with a light bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-full (leaning full), with a smooth feel, and a soft carbonation
This is a pretty interesting beer. I think they did a good job with this beer. There’s a lot going on here, but it doesn’t come off as muddled. Good to see a flavorful and interesting lager, we could use more of these in the American craft scene.
Sammy (8551) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A big beer, worth trying, and fresh from New Jersey. Big foaming head leaving a lace trail. Smooth mouthfeel and a light bitterness in a malting, better as it warms. Like an ice bock.
HellesBunny666 (158) - Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful gold color. Aroma and taste of peaches and mango. Great mouth feel, silky, zero bitterness.
superspak (2556) - Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/2014. Pours slightly hazy orange copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big biscuit, toast, raisin, apple, pear, apricot, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big biscuit, toast, raisin, apple, pear, apricot, caramel, brown bread, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Zero bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of biscuit, toast, raisin, pear, apple, apricot, caramel, brown bread, brown sugar, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately slick, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice doppelbock. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
baraciisch (1807) - USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel orange in color... Aroma of caramel... Flavor is toffee, caramel, fairly crisp mouthfeel... Nice light body, notes of spices... Decent, nothing extraordinary
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Beergeek23322 (2228) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/6/2013. On tap. Pours amber with a white head. Sweet malty aromas with caramel, light fruit and spices. Boozy flavors with lots of sweet notes. Not bad at all.
Butters (3746) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2012 bottle pours clear amber pour with ring of white head. Big honey sweetness with hints of cantaloupe, cane sugar, and honey. Typical triple character,
though, a bit flat and oxidized and twinge of metallic. Not really that great, and seems one diminsional and boring. But for 10%, it is fairly smooth. Meh. Not worth picking up again.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Justin. Aroma of caramel apple, brandy, and light lager. Flavor hits more caramel and peanut brittle, sorta nutty butterscotch. We're two months after the "best by" date, but I say this one is fine. Not falling apart by any means. Still, a fair to good beer.
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snoworsummer (2079) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a big bottle. Pours hazy copper brown with a thin frothy head. Tastes malty and slightly sweet and bitter. Like molasses, syrup, with wheat and raisin hints. Smells sweet, bready, and fermented. Medium body and low carbonation.