BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2008
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Thanks to Joebrew for sharing. Overly sweet bock nose with plenty of corn. Shockinlgy, the taste was somewhat similar with the usual AB metallic finish. This might have been good sans the adjunct.
Ughsmash (6911) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big fíin bottle (1 Quart, 14.5 oz), 2007 Vintage. This poured a clear, brilliant reddish orange with a nice cap of yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up deep, artificially-sweetened caramel and toasted grains with hints of dark fruit surrounding.. also an odd alcohol-fueled metallic & herbal thing going on. The flavor had toasty drawn caramel, hints of chocolate, and peppery-spiced dark fruits.. decent components, but a messy presentation that culminated in a tacky, hot herbal finish. Medium-bodied with creamy carbonation on the middle, but hot alcohol marrs the finish a bit. This was OK.
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Born on date: 10/11/07. Pours a beautiful red color. Last year I sampled the 2006 vintage, and if my memory serves me correctly, that one tasted much better. This one is too sweet and needs more hops.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2007
1.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Shared by joebrew at Cellarís Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a clear copper amber brew with a creamy thick beige head that quickly dissipates to a fine film and beige ring. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some toffee and fresh green cucumber. Taste is... gawd awful! What is this? The label says it is a dopplebock, this website says it is a malt liquor. All I know it tastes like sweet anti-freeze with some flat sweet root beer. Címon A/B, with all the sophisticated, computerized, state of the art brewing equipment you have can do better than this. Total drain pour!
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2007
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Smells like a corny adjuncty sweet malty dopplebock. Kinda watery and an odd metallic bitterness. I actually expected more from AB. Oh well, next year maybe?
LinusStick (2699) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Wow is this bad. I wish my objective rating would let me rate this lower. I was ready to go to bed, but I didnít want sleep to dim the hatred I have towards this rubbish. Aroma was actually good. Stronlg astringent face cleanser with some malt. Pour was beautiful for a malt liquor. A sparkling deep red with a one finger off white head. Taste was terrible. Strong burning malt with a lot of sugar. Itís weird but after the swallow there are strong esther vapors coming up through the sinuses. This is bad of a new level. If not for the good aroma and beautiful appearance this would be close to 0
cheap (3657) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2007
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
When I first saw this bottle I thought it was just regular Budweiser or Michelob repackaged. I got it free from my retailer for Christmas, Iím one of his pretty loyal customers so I donít have any idea what this stuff cost. Itís a big flip top 32 oz bottle with a Ďborn oní date of Sept 25, 2007. When I first pop the lid it has a mild aroma of freshly baked Italian bread. In a sniffer it clears to a more Ďalky likeí strong ale sweet candy smell reminiscent of a sweet helles. The look of this beer is reddish orange and innocently clear nothing like the pale yellow brew pictured on this website. Has a circumjacense of foam around the inside edge of the glass for a head. Otherwise, the head is just plain old tea froth on top. When you pour it and swish it around in the glass, it seems to have a little higher viscosity than most beers. The taste of this is certainly very strong and alcoholic but it does seem to hide its 8.5%b rather well. Iíve tasted other brews that are much less alky % yet much stronger on the palate. Has some adolescent cherry barrel wood flavor in there at times. Provides a lingering back throat bitter malt without alky burn. This brew is not warming at all. Except for the alky maltiness, it comes across intrinsically insipid. Here this beer is listed as a malt liquor, but I must disagree. On the label it claims to be a doppelbock and it is certainly a doppelbock. Most of the taste attributes of this brew make it so. It has many more manners than any malt liquor I have ever tasted, next to perhaps, Rogues Daddyís Little Helper. The carbonation of this brew is laid back. Fuzziness is nearly next to nothing. Sibilation is barely there. All one can detect is a mild tingly sensation if you really look for it. Overall you can tell a lot of thought has been put into the making of this beer. Perhaps I am not good enough for this and cannot really enjoy itís personality, but I must say it has the attributes of many 3.5 or higher rated craft and import beers Iíve seen on this site. Finish is just like any high quality alky brew, not like cheap malt liquor.
mar (4464) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
2007 batch. definitely much darker than the picture more of a dark amber with a cream colored head that fades away slowly. malts with a slight after note of hops on the nose. not thick and tastes awful. a buddy of mine said it really seemed like they just took regular bud and made it darker.
vmilaxer29 (397) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yo, my buddy and I snagged a handle of this from our local brewery. I threw mine in a pint glass, from which I could clearly distinguish the faint aroma of toffee, caramel, and Land-O-Lakes butta. The taste was smooth, yet somewhat refined. My main man demonstrated this refinement by pouring his into a ceramic teacup and "raising the roof" at the same time he rose his pinky finger. There was a definite aftertaste, similar to when you get a bit oí grass in yo Milwaukeeís Best 40-ounce. The most gnarly feature of this particular brew is the massive champagne bottle that sheís packaged in. This is definitely taking "center-stage" on my beer wall, next to the half-empty bottle of generic tequila and alcoholic energy drinks. The 8.5% is starting to kick in now, so I better finish this up before I have to drive ho.........and if you think I just copied this from dlunsford then you are a tard, because obviously i just wrote something extra; and we did drink it together.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Courtesy of Degarth. 2007 bottling which says itís a Dopplebock. Not sure if this should be a different entry, because this definitely wasnít a Malt Liquor. Light brown body with amber hues. Smallish off white head with some retention and even faint lacing. Nose of toasted malt, cereal grain, floral hops and not much else. Flavor is pretty much the same, adding in some fruity esters but again heavy on the malt and grain. Heavily carbonated. ABV is not really apparent in either the nose or the flavor profile, in fact I would have guessed it was at least 2% lower than it is. Finish is lightly bitter, brief and forgettable. Light bodied without being watery, nothing offensive in that regard. Really nothing offensive overall, but Iím not sure I would call this a Dopplebock either.