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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Doppelbock (dop-el-bok) -- Dark and rich with a big beer taste, Doppelbock is our traditional holiday brew. The Great American Beer Festival awarded ita Silver Medal in 1994 and a Gold Medal in 1995 in its bock beer category. Its exceptionally smooth, full-bodied character is sure to brighten your spirits. Like all DeGroen's beers, Doppelbock is brewed with the finest, all natural ingredients and strict adherence to the Reinheitsgebot, the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2003
On Tap at the Blind Tiger Ale House, NYC; 2002 Vintage: This one pours a clear copper color with a medium sized, mostly lasting, off-white head. The head leaves good lace on the glass and the aroma is wonderfully malty and sweet with a touch of molasses and brown sugar in the mix. It has a full body with soft carbonation and a full, rich, creamy mouthfeel that is ver satisfying. The flavor is full os malty goodness with just a hint of hop flavors present, which is just perfect for this style. A very nice doppelbock indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2003
Likely the finest Doppelbock I have tasted. There is simply a ton of good, sweet malt here which never even approaches being cloying. Complex, rich, warm (but never too boozy). Not too big, not too sweet, not too rich. A good analogy would be what Victory did with the Imperial Stout style, this brewery has done with Doppelbock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2002
(Served from a growler) I always anticipate the release of this beer and I am never let down. The nose is straight forward exhibiting a pleasantly sweet malty aroma. The palate is full and rich with ample malt flavors intertwined with brown sugar. The hops are present but appropriately restrained for the style. I find this beer to be sweet, but not sappy. This beer has an OG 20 degrees plato and an alcohol content of 8.5% ABV, that indicates a beer that is well attenuated. Finally, the finish is long warming and delicately hoppy. Excellent Dopplebock!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 6, 2003
GABF 2003: Clear orange/red color. Dark malts and fresh bread in the aroma, syrupy (in a good way) feel, excellent smooth ending. A great doppelbock.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2003 [On tap] Cola-colored, with a full head that rapidly dissolved. Hints of banana, clove, and just the slightest bit of kiwi fruit. Well-balanced and full-bodied, this is an excellent doppelbock. Wonderful maltyness. Sweet, but in a balanced comfortable way. The only flaw is I could easily feel the alcohol, but it wasn't very distracting. Not much could be distracting when you're drinking this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1670) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Dark copper appearance with a small head. Fruity aroma with cookie dough-like sweetness. Full-bodied and filled with the rich, sweet malt taste of a really good bock. Smooth finish with a bit of a kick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Deep copper and browns with a fluffy tan head. Lot of dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel, and fresh baked bread. Rich, without being overly sweet. This batch didn't show any of the ABV. On tap at Degroens, declared as 9% if I recall. Medium to full bodied, nice soft carbonation. Quite smooth and drinkable. Worth a try if in Charm City.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2003
Nice head with big malt aroma. Caramel, then caramel, oh how about some caramel (It is kind of like that Being John Malkovich movie scene where everyone said "Malkovich" and nothing else). Anyway, typical doppelbock which is very true to style and fresh. Alcohol flavor in aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dukefan (215) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2003
Possibly the best Dopplebock in America. Avoids the sweet, syrupy, hints that other Dopples have. Is a rich, dry, strong lager that provides a wonderful experience. Far better on tap than in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Deep, translucent and ruby/garnet in color with a pillowy tan head that evaporates to a thin pond with a thicker wrung around the edges. Aroma is a moderate delicacy - chocolate hazelnuts and mocha amaretto. Deep, woodsy, and a bark-like earthen nuttiness. Some wafts of whole wheat chocolate dinner rolls, cocoa powder and toasted oak. Maple meets mildew, and brown sugar stirred in molasses reach the nose at the break of each sip. Big flavor bill to fill. Vibrantly thick substance oozes in while dusty milk chocolate and snapped pecan shells impart that nutty dimension. Toffee bar, Heath transcendence with a noble hop boost that projects a slightly noticeable alcohol presence. Thick and massive on the palate, churning as one fluid force, and quite oily at that. Vibrantly jovial and eager at the edges, but all the balance contributors seem to be acting according to plan. Chocolate encapsulated caramel chews, greasy mocha beans and a raw tree bark character enrich the ending, pursued by profoundly rich reverberations that ring long into the night. Big thanks to Bstill for the bottle!

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