Pdubyah (476) - Auckland, - DEC 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is bigger than the taste, the taste is a little confused, but Iím still impressed, as mad as that sounds.
The taste is pretending to be a big "boom" there is a first flush that promises a lot but it hasnít a lot of length. Then there is a sweetness, but also a top note of something less pleasing lingering.
The aroma is burnt malts and a sour that I couldnít quite get a handle on.
kiwianer (3415) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The head is ok, the body darkred. It smells alcoholic, creamy, darkmalty, caramel. The taste is maltaromatic, alcoholic, sweet-creamy.
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
okay. it smelled a bit better than it tasted for reasons i canít pinpoint but flavour-wise it was okay with fairly alcoholic dark fruits and quite a solid bitterness. i was comparing this to another doppelbock - weihenstephanerís korbinian - so perhaps itís a bit unfair, but it simply was not as good as that delicious treat. but it was still pretty damn good.
DylansDad (365) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first dopplebock. Ruby red colour. Aroma is like a red or amber crossed with a briny porter or clam stout, or some such. Taste is the same. Dark raisin and plum with a simultaneous bitterness and sourness. Not something Iíd drink every day, but I would drink it often. Like the label says, this is a very warming drink for a wintry night.
gam (3457) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good biege head dark chestnut pour soft carbonation aromas bread rich malt note of caramel toffee some fruit the flavours nice bitter sharp citrus very nice caramel toffee nice yeast charater a creaminess morishing a walnut taste the finish nice ale rich malty good fruit taste nice bitter and creamy aftertaste enjoyable ale
Jimthechap (1885) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Firstly, kudos to the brewer as dopplebock isnít a style often attempted by New Zealand brewers. And as most of my ratings are based upon New Zealand beers, Iíll just have to give it a blank and honest assessment:
Lovely clear tawny port colour with very little head. Malty caramel and plum pudding aromas that arenít as strong as I was expecting. This smells restrained, toffeeish and possibly a little muted? Not a pungent beer, but one that has promise of character when nosing.
The first flavour hits you the moment before you even get it in your mouth, and that is of dark, rich malts, classic German malts and toffee. In the mouth it is sweetish and maybe even a little burnt toffee with a twinge of bitterness. I can associate the citrus tartness of the hops on the label with orange peel that has somehow been burnt in the bottom of a pan and then thereís pear peelings and possibly even a bit of rosehip there. A second taste reveals good carbonation that I didnít have time to mention in the first tasting. A return to those autumnal orchard fruits and steamed pudding. It dries on the palate and leaves a velvet cast over the tongue that begs another sip to relieve that feeling (not that it is altogether unpleasant) and then returns to that tartness.
So, the verdict. A good beer certainly. A good match for a stinky blue cheese and one that will steer me onto a robust Highland malt after to bat on with. Is it a beer that demands a second? Not of this particular beer in the same session, but of this particular beer in other sessions. I felt the aroma component to be playing second fiddle to the flavour, but then this may well be within the style.