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RATINGS: 470   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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A blazing rich beer, this is a doppelbock based on an Oktoberfest personality. Warm and intriguing, the perfect "Brandy Snifter" beer. Available September and October.


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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
cblado (245) - Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark reddish amber color, slight head. Aroma is very rich, with malt notes and spice abounding. Flavor is similar, very malty, some spicy brown sugar, currants, kind of like a mincemeat pie in a bottle. Finishes with a heavy alcohol taste. Palate is thick, which gives it a doughy kind of feel. It’s decent, but it’s too heavy to be a casual drink.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2778) - Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2014
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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UrbanCaveman (60) - Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2014
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. There’s 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. It’s 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
twb0392 (13) - , Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2014
This beer seems to vary a little year by year, but hit the spot this time around!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARH (520) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2014
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.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Astrozombie (28) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2014
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

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (606) - Iowa, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear copper/brown. Nice head that dissipates quickly. Nose is caramel and brown sugar. Taste adds some nuttiness. A nice dopplebock.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vanerme3 (20) - - APR 26, 2014
Fantastic caramel notes at the start. Warm and nutty going down. Doesn’t drink like an 8% beer. Very smooth and great for the fall season. Would go great with food.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TXBadger (1485) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2014
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
20-Feb-14 (12-oz bottle)
This beer pours a hazy, medium-brown body with a thin, light-tan head that dissipates quickly. The nose is sweet and caramely with dried fruits, some tropical, almost banana-like fruitiness, and brown sugar, but it lacks the classic toasty, melanoidin character of German examples. It’s sweet, very malty, and caramely on the palate, a lot more emphasis on the sugary and malty side with less fruitiness than the aroma shows, but again, what’s missing is that German melanoidin character that domestic Doppelbocks just can’t seem to nail. It’s medium-plus in weight, sweet but not to the point of being cloying, light-medium in carbonation, and pretty smooth on the palate. Overall, this is a fine domestic Doppelbock, deliciously malty, but falls short of excellence when compared to its German counterparts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Pours a hazy red/orange with slight tan head. Aroma is very full of spice and sweet slightly boozy notes. Taste is slightly sweet with a warming long lasting aftertaste. A great beer for the fall or some good football


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