awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Pours a transparent, ruddy copper colored body with a thin finger of off-white foam. Malty, melanoidin rich aroma of raisins and toast. Honey and grape. Mild alcohol warmth, clean, and no hops noted. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a chewy malt texture. Rich malt flavors of toast, raisin, and light leather. Light herbal hop bitterness in the finish, along with a moderate alcohol warmth that also adds some bitterness perception to balance the malt sweetness. Rich malt sweetness, but well attenuated, ensuring adequate drinkability. The commercial description of a beefed up oktoberfest is accurate, but conceptually doesnít work as well as blond doppelbocks or traditional darker doppelbocks for my palate. I donít find the flavors to be any more complex than an oktoberfest, but the drinkability is decreased. Regardless, itís still a well made beer with an impressive malt flavor.
tightslice (1001) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 1, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share at Evernote in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is sweet malts, caramel, raisins. Taste is creamy caramel with a nice refreshing brightness. Excellent.
Barreras (1572) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - NOV 26, 2015
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a light copper color with a minor sweet malt aroma. Taste is mild caramel with a clean malt flavor. Aftertaste is dry, with minor aluminum film left on the palate.
fuzzcro (254) - Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2015
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Recommended to me at the liquor store...happy I took the challenge! Power punch of flavor! Beautiful color. Great autumn brew
ryanfolty (2410) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
October 17, 2015 - sample via bottle at Barrels and Bacon. Clear orange pour. Aroma and taste of sweet malt, fruit and spice.
Aggiebob (795) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear amber orange color with an small head. Malty bread dough aroma with a caramel, toffee and some bourbon flavorings. It is big beer and very good.
nealblind (1681) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bright orange brown pour some cream top. Aroma ozone, caramel, boubon glazed bananas. Tastes big malt but also has light tingly carb and bitter hop balance. Also tried a bottle from 2013. It aged to be overly sweet and malty. Drink this one fresh and enjoy a doppelbock about as good as you can get.
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 (2912) - 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 (4751) - 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 (193) - 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.