HellesBunny666 (243) - 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 (4303) - 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.
johndoughty (4769) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Lively upon opening. Clear blonde appearance. Slightly bitter with
some spiceness. Complex and classy. Drinking this was a very pleasant experience.
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on draft at the brewpub. Pours a clear golden color with a medium creamy white head. Good head retention and lacing. Big bready and doughy aroma with grainy malts, faint fruity notes and caramel. The taste is bready malts, raisins, caramel, toffee and some booziness. Medium-full bodied. Interesting beer.
TheBeerGod (5870) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Copper with a short tan head. Aroma is caramel, sweet malt, bready notes and soft toffee. Taste is chewy malt, bready notes, caramel, toffee notes, soft fruit notes and soft booze. Body is medium-full and chewy with a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more bready notes, chewy caramel, sweet malt, candyish notes, light fruit and booze.
MadRobin (2683) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 750 ml bottle after cellaring for 6 months, which is right at the end of the "drink by" date on the cork.
Clear, bright orange copper with 2-finger cream-khaki head and good lacing.
Aroma of caramel, toast, brown bread, apple, plums, peaches, brown sugar and mild herbal hops.
Taste of sweet caramel, toffee, peaches, herbal hops, brown sugar, dark bread and toast and dark fruit.
Full/medium body and medium/low carbonization and a pleasant mouthfeel that is both silky and bubbly.
The cellaring seems to have improved this beer a bit. It's a bit sweeter and less hoppy, but more fruity and complex.
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ben4321 (5396) - 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.
jgb9348 (5461) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, crisp copper coloured body with a golden glow and a very rich, four centimetre tall microfoamed tan head with a zillion small bubbles constantly rising from the bottom. Bright aroma of pit fruits, apricots, earth, yeast, curacao, caster sugar, alcohol and a bit of oak - definitely smells more of a belgian ale (and looks, too) than a doppelbock. Full-bodied; Rich, candy sugar flavour with a nice malt note, some apple and pear flavours, a touch of oak and dry flavours and a hint of cognac and whiskey on the finish as well. Aftertaste is rich and subtle at the same time with only a bit of the grain getting through, but tons of sugars, a good amount of fruit and a nice full complement of oak and dry tastes showing at the tail end. Overall, a nice beer with perhaps a mildish flavour, probably due to it being a lager, but a good robust beer with a nice character and a good description from the brewery itself. Not worth searching out for, but if the price is nice, not a bad beer to welcome Spring to. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Mom’s Organic Market in Alexandria (Mount Vernon Avenue), Virginia, a few blocks from home on the other side of the river/run for US$11,29 on 14-March-2015 sampled at home in Washington on 22-April-2015.
Kinz (3684) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light amber, no head. Richmond 17th. Big alcohol aroma, some malt sweetness. Big sweet flavor, loads of caramel. Just enough hop bitterness to balance out on the finish. Not my favorite style, but a good take on it. Courtesy dkachur.
Braudog (6195) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, caged and corked. Crystal-clear amber pour, just a fizzle of a head. There’s little to no aroma here. But the beer drinks with a nice viscous character, and a smooth high gravity burn, like warmed honey. Malty and almost lagery on the surface, this carries a bock-like kick in the middle. Sip it. (#4891, 1/5/2013)