FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A vigorous pour into my Teku glass produces an amber / brown tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated, burnt amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich red hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a malt depth to it that is offset by a mild, spicy, herbal hop character. Specific notes of German black bread, toasted whole grain notes, ample toasted nut notes, rounded brown bread aromatics, and perhaps a touch of roast character towards the finish.
Up front there is a light, herbal hop character, this immediately focuses on the rich malt though. Roasted / Toasted nutty notes, toasted whole grain bread, German black-bread flavors, burnt caramel notes, and richly concentrated malt caramelized notes. Hints of bitter roast malt in the finish combine with a light hop bitterness to provide just enough of a bite to finish things off; in fact this has a bit more hop character and bitterness than most German examples of the style. The body has a nice chewy richness to it that coats the palate well, yet it is not cloying.
Definitely a nice brew, it is certainly an interpretation of a Doppelbock that leans towards the American tradition; a bit more hop character, and the malt character isn’t as rich and complex as it could be, but it is still mighty tasty and much more interesting than I was expecting.
GenDV138 (4097) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler at Redlight Redlight the night before RBWG 2015 shared by jcwattsrugger, cheers John! Dark amber with off-white head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, malt. Tastes of caramel, malt, dark fruit, light biscuit. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Solid.
Travlr (17657) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler courtesy of jcwattsrugger, thank you sir! Deep clear amber brown color, bright tan edge head. Aroma of cocoa biscuit. Taste is very biscuity, cocoa, caramel, clean and crisp. Tasty.
wlajwl (4923) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is nutty malts, yeast and and earthiness. The flavor is fruit/dark fruit, malts, mild sweetness, very light citrus and a mix of warming alcohol and caramel in the finish.
boozedude (2212) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at chewboka fest at confluence... pours a deep clear brown...very smooth tastr..love it