BBB63 (6502) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark hazy copper hue with a small frothy off-white head and good lacing. Big heavy roasted malt aroma with nutty and caramel characteristics. Nose also hinted of light floral hops, raisin, brown sugar, and vanilla. Some phenol notes as well. Initial taste was sticky and sweet. Minor hop presence shows up later. Moderately alcoholic feel and lightly acidic finish. Medium to full-bodied with an oily and lush mouthfeel. Very good German bock style bier. Very inviting and good for those crisp autumn nights. Recommended.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 Glad to get my hands on a VERY fresh batch of this seasonal... Pours with a jewel-red color, the aroma of Munich at harvest meets the nose immediately, or so I have imagined Munich at harvest to smell. Flavors are of expertly handled German malts, truely a "Double Oktoberfest". Sweetness is prominent, but not cloying. A beautiful lager worth seeking out.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice brown color,small to no head what so ever.Good malty aroma with hints of caramle and mild fruit and just a mild alcohol hint.The taste was malty for sure with hints of caramel and very mild fruit and possibly some mild spice tones.The after taste was malty with a slight alcohol bite,and mild hops.This was not a great brew but that could be due to the age.But props go out to my Bro-In-Law for finding it for me,because it was well worth trying and with luck he can get me fresher brew next time.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A ruby brown color with a medium creamy head that quickly dissipates. A warm malt aroma with suggestions of fruit and alcohol, just enough to let you know it is 8%. A smooth malt taste with a slight spice feel. This is a great beer to have on a crisp fall day, with the leaves falling, the sun out, and football on. I am getting all misty eyed just thinking about it. I better have another beer.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iím happy to see any dopplebock brewed in the U.S.--just need more of íem. Very, very malty. Nicely nutty, slightly lemony.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flat mahogany appearance, very light carbonation, no head. Syrupy malt nose, with maple, hazelnut, butter, and light esters. Tangy malt, although it seems a bit muddled. The finish is moderately astringent, which I didnít really care for. Iím thinking this was an infected sample, considering the good stuff Iíd had from this brewery otherwise. Iíll have to give it another shot. Thanks Tom.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I get the octoberfest comparisons. Sweet, capital house aroma. (if youíve had any, you know what I mean) Faintly estery with an attractive mouthfeel, and a sticky malt finish. Hops are muted. But a decent big malty lager.
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a big beer. I guess I never expect a lager to be so complex, until I realize itís a doppelbock. Slippery mouthfeel, huge malt character, nicely balanced though. Really warms you up.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby red almost. Big head full of tiny bubbles. The aroma is heavy on caramel malt and peppermint? Yup i get caramel and peppermint in the flavor. An almost spicy doppelbock, interesting. Im going to have a couple more..
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2004 Pours the color of fallen leaves, a deep copper ruby. The smell is caramelly sweet and has hints of Belgian yeast. The body is rich and syrupy, heavy on malts and pleasantly well-hopped. Finish is malty, warm and inviting for more. You gotta love a brewery that has a doppelbock for every season.