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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 325   ABV: 10.83%
This might be the most unique barrel aged lager you will find. Brewed like a barley wine but fermented as a lager then aged on fresh wet Buffalo Trace barrels for 5 months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (5064) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Deep amber pour with a small cream head. Nose is sticky, caramel, raisins, vanilla, fruit, toffee, and rich. Great on the palate, thick toffee and caramel, followed by vanilla, raisins, wood, hops, and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mknoblich (7) - Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2012 does not count
Poured from 22oz bottle. Was told I had to try this when I was at my bottle shop and they were right. Dark burnt caramel color with two finger head that dissipates within a few minutes but leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel, toffee, fruit and bourbon. Well carbonated with pleasant mouth feel. Taste is excellent. Lots of caramel and malt backbone with the bourbon notes all throughout the drink. Bourbon not overpowering with nice lingering finish at end. Would love to see what this will turn into if stored properly for a few years. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
appgrad22 (29) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Very good beer. Although it might just be the fact that it is a bourbon barrel aged brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2012
22oz bottle. Amber brown brew with lots of tan head. Lots of bourbon aroma - vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruit, and burnt caramel. Flavors of vanilla, raisin, caramel, wood, and bourbon. Got more complex and tasty as it warmed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Big caramel aromas. Lots of caramel, vanilla and oak flavors. Tastes like a caramel candy. Overall delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5687) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Bottle. Ruby brown with a tall, frothy tan head. Aroma is strong toasted coconut, caramel, oak, light vanilla and booze. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, toasted coconut, rum cake, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, ripe fruit and booze. Body is medium-full with a strong, bubbly carbonation. Moderate stickiness to this and a moderate warmth from the alcohol. Ends with more toasted coconut, oak, caramel, sweet malt notes, brown sugar, ripe dark fruit and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Bottle pours a murky dark amber with a thin tan head. Scent is sweet, carame, boubon and cookies. Taste is caramel, cookies, and boubon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4001) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Bomber from XL Grindhouse Salinas. Nose is vanilla, oak, bourbon, with hints of banana and cloves. Clear rusty-amber with a medium beige head. Flavor is peppery, cloves, bourbon, vanilla, and light bitterness and banana. Finishes with light bourbon and alcohol warmth. Even better than the regular Blockhead which is the best of the Coney Island brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a murky medium brown with a huge (3-4 finger) tan frothy head that dissipated down to a large cap of foam that lasted throughout and had some fair spotty lacing. The aroma was quite powerful of a toasted bread malt and a leathery doughy yeast with notes of molasses, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit (plums and raisins), oak and a strong bourbon presence. The taste was robustly sweet and very malty with notes of caramel, molasses and brown sugar throughout with a hint of dark fruit and a very pronounced bourbon note at the end. The flavor was quite a long winded with a sweet bourbon taste left to linger on the taste buds. Mouthfeel was medium in body and oily, syrupy and dry in texture with a good strong carbonation. Overall a fantastic Doppelbock, most likely the best one I have had to date...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3089) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2012
650 ml. bottle. Batch 001/523 cases. Bottled on 6/1/2011. Served at cellar temperature. Pours a thick rapidly collapsing, ivory head, with slight lacing, over a clear dark copper (SRM 18) body.....nose is Bourbon, light chocolate, hints of plum, raisin, vanilla....taste is Bourbon, light vanilla, hints of terpene, dried fruits including raisin, plum, cocoa, with light sweetness throughout.....mouth feel thick, sticky, alcohol burn obvious, carbonation low. The Bourbon is very apparent, making for an alcohol presence that dominates the heavy malt back bone. The usual malt nuances are not as apparent as in the best. Additionally, the woody (terpene) like effects of the barrel are too easily detected, and the beneficial vanilla tones are a bit hidden. The net effect of this is a delightfully complex, rich, nourishing beer, heavy in both aromas and flavors, that is harsher than it should be, and not as soothing and pleasurable as it could be. Bourbon barrels are hard to use, but this is one of those many experiments that came close to a perfect finish. However, is this really a classic Dopplebock?? BJCP 8/3/14/4/7

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