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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This mysterious mahogany colored lager will intrigue you with its rich malty taste tempered by just enough hops to keep the flavor balanced and the drinker guessing. Its got a strong 8% abv, and a long smooth finish that lingers on the palate like


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Loved this beer. Wonderfully complex with figs and dried cherries, finishing with a cranberry bite. Full bodied like a doppelbock. Fantastic.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (4869) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 8, 2007
The bartender told me this was their "sweet lager" and it was exactly that. Brown head, brown translucent color with red hues. WAY too sugary and lightly malty. Might be alright for a pint, but too much for a session.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
treadyroc (149) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2007
From a growler from the Bowie location. At first taste, I drew back with an "ew" look on my face. My wife says, "keep drinking it, it gets better." lol. Red’ish brown in color (but not amber). Not much in the way of an aroma. Kind of smells a bit sweet. Tastes like a bock at first, but doesn’t really follow through. Kind of a copper-y aftertaste.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2007
5/10/07: On Tap, Bowie.
Mahogany – raisin colored body. No head – no lace. Light plum nose. Raisin flavor with molasses, caramel malt and a touch of hops. Slight sour finish. After taste is also a bit tin like.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2007
From a growler thanks to LordMaynard. Clear amber body with small, fading, off-white head. The aroma is caramel, lots of dark fruits and banana. The flavor is raisins, plums, light cherry and caramel. Medium body with soft carbonation.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAY 6, 2007
On tap at Bowie. Poured out a bright dark cherry color, with a huge tan colored head. Aromas are of too much roasted malt, with an off aromas I can’t describe. flavors are of too much chocolate & too much roasted malts. Way too much for a Dopplebock. Not my cup of tea by far.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8017) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2007
From a growler thanks to LordMaynard. Not much of an enigma, just a basic doppelbock that smelled and tasted darn good. Dark reddish, burgundy brown color, tremendous nose of smoky, dusty malts, hops are sure there, though, semi-bitter, non-grassy hops, overall very good. Full of sweet maple and caramel, the sweetness being pretty distinct from the bitterness of the hops, which is always nice. Dusty is a good word too... semi-smoky as well. After a full glass the sweetness seems a bit much, and at times it even had somewhat of a stenchy cannibus nose. Leaves a yellow/green residue on the glass, but that was probably just the effect of lighting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Growler from Bowie location (thanks to LordMaynard for picking it up!). Clear, cherry-orange color with yellow edges; fluffy orange-tinged head that quickly fades to nothing. Pleasant caramel and wet malts and dried dark fruits in the aroma. Light carbonation, medium mouthfeel: pleasant chewy caramel character; dried fruits and brown sugar and roasted malts; some light citrus hops. Medium, wet malt and caramel finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11520) - Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2007
(Bowie) Minimal off-white head with clear mahogany body. Aroma is sweet, cherry, caramel, some chocolate, light smoke. Taste is sweet, chocolate, caramel, cherry, some smoke. Sticky medium-full body with low carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2007
New Release on tap at Arundel Mills - Deep crimsony brown, thin tan creamy head. Malty rich nose of fig, plum brown sugar, and cherry. Warming adds a soft underlying sweet smokey tone and touch of leather. Flavor adds more malty complexity with dried dark fruits, light smoke, and caramel. In time, it fades into a light hop bitterness to smooth out the big malt. ABV as usual with DC beers was well hidden. Medium bodied and slick, light carbonation, soft sweet finish. Well done representation....


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