AbsoluterZero (11) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Source: 12 oz bottle from local retailer.
Aroma: Itís got that smell which seems to be held in common amongst lagers; itís not a very strong smell and, to tell the truth, itís kind of hard to define.
Appearance: The pour is clear and moderately deep amber. The head on top of the pour is a very thin off white color.
Taste: Similar to the smell comments that Iíve made, thereís that lingering taste which runs across many lager styles (which is hard for me to define). The malty flavors are strong in this one, with just a tiny amount of hoppy bite. Itís got a bit of a flush of sweetness (not too strong, mind you) on the aftertaste, which is nice.
Palate: Very smooth on the palate with a moderate to moderatly thick body to it. Thereís also a noticeable amount of carbonation going on here.
Overall: For some reason, I want to describe this beer with the word "warm". A thick and hearty doppelbock which I wonít mind going after again.
jeffkendall (2) - - DEC 15, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Without a doubt, my favorite beer of all time. Itís hard to get, as Capital only offers it around August and September of each year. Fortunately, Iím only about 50 miles away from the brewery, so I can usually find it during that period. I love beers that set the mood for the season. This one certainly does that. Iím not sure what it is, but sitting around a campfire with a few of these as the leaves are starting to fall in autumn is what life is all about. Itís a big beer. If you plan on drinking quite a few of them, make sure you have a "designated carrier" that can drag you into the tent or camper at the end of the session. And try not to fall into the campfire.
jmagnus87 (2857) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at oasis. From notes. Caramel and toffee dominate, hints of Roasty mAlt in the finish.
superspak (3173) - Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage bottling. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, date, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light chocolate, slight tobacco/leather and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark fruit and dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, date, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light chocolate, slight leather/tobacco, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Slight earthy/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, date, brown sugar, light nuttiness/chocolate, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of big dark fruit and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/dark fruit balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome doppelbock style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of big dark fruit and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
UrbanCaveman (146) - Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle, poured into a bell glass at approximately 40 degrees F.
A: Pours a honey-gold that is not unlike the color of fresh synthetic motor oil, and settles into the glass as a beautifully clear light amber. I half expected to see some sort of mosquito trapped within the beer, waiting to for us to unlock the genetic secrets of the velociraptor from within it. It formed a decently thick head of perhaps a finger and a half, which quickly died away in a rush of fizzy sounds to leave only a slight white ring around the edges of the glass. No lacing was left to speak of. Bubbles rise steadily from the bottom of the glass the entire time it sits in said glass.
S: Sweet and yeasty, the nose is not unlike glazed bread, reminiscent of some sort of honeyed doughnut. Thereís some hints of cherry and I daresay banana faintly in the nose as well.
T: Definitely a sweet beer, with caramel and honey bun flavors striking right out of the gate. A yeastiness makes itself known as the beer moves across the tongue, and the sweetness fades a little to let some cherry and cinnamon in along the sides. This beer finishes with a burst of cherry and raisin, and some faint hints of wood, beneath the last of the honey bun sweetness.
M: Smooth and creamy, this beer drinks like a runny syrup, clinging to the teeth and tongue well after the swallow. Itís almost full enough to warrant a "chewy" descriptor, but not quite.
O: As a raging malt addict, I am a fan of this beer. The blend of doppelbock and Oktoberfest works well to create a full-flavored, complex profile that is refreshingly devoid of any noticeable hop presence. I see myself picking this up annually during trips to Chitown, and enjoying it every time.
twb0392 (13) - , Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer seems to vary a little year by year, but hit the spot this time around!
ARH (749) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2014 12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. The aroma is initially play-doh like, followed by some cookie dough qualities. After this, a strong jolly rancher note comes through with secondary notes of caramel, vanilla beans, peanuts, and cooked sugar. It pours an effervescent, clear oily orange-yellow (a bit more on the orange side than yellow) with an off-white, dense and creamy head. The head reduces down to a thin ring, with a silky and filmy surface that eventually becomes oily, and it leaves behind an above average amount of dense, snowdrift lace. The taste is a medium bitter and sweet, leaning a bit towards the bitter side. The medium-full malt bodied beer has a creamy texture with a light, soda-like carbonation. Toasted nuts and caramel are the initial flavors picked up, with a slightly burnt or overly-roasted quality. It finishes a touch dry, but clean, with pine, spice, and bread crust and it leaves behind a roasted nut and slight bitter citrus (lime and grapefruit) aftertaste.
Astrozombie (34) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2014
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma of light carmal and vanilla. Nice rose copper color with pink head. Taste is bitter and dark. With a lingering after taste. Dark malts. Palate is flat and sticky. Not a fan of this
arnold931 (759) - Iowa, USA - MAY 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear copper/brown. Nice head that dissipates quickly. Nose is caramel and brown sugar. Taste adds some nuttiness. A nice dopplebock.
vanerme3 (20) - - APR 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fantastic caramel notes at the start. Warm and nutty going down. Doesnít drink like an 8% beer. Very smooth and great for the fall season. Would go great with food.
TXBadger (1766) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fantastic beer in the Oktoberfest style, but more. The nose is sweet, with some spice. Lots of caramel malt, toffee and some spice on the palate. An intriguing beer.