DrnkMcDermott (2902) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Emmett’s Downers Grove. The server said this was a 6% beer. I guess they tinker with the recipe each year. Dark red-brown, nearly opaque. Stiff, but bubbly eggshell head. A dark grain smell; almost porter-rific. Taste first brings a schwartzbier feel, but malts are bigger than that. Malty, but toward the dry side with Emmett’s usual hint of yeast bite. Hearty in the bock tradition, but not too filling, and a very subdued alcohol taste. Molasses and slight cola in the finish.
tmoreau (2932) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap and snifter served at Downer’s Grove. Poured a clear, dark brown with ruby tones showing through. The head was modest, light tan and creamy. It didn’t last long however, as it diminished to a layer of film and creamy ring, and left some clingy spots of lacing. The aroma was smooth malt, lightly roasted, some hints of grain, and light hints of chocolate and caramel. The flavor was similar, adding some light sweetness as dark fruit, a medium hop bitterness, and a little alcohol warmth. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated, a very smooth Doppel.
JaBier (5485) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the Downer’s Grove location. Pours a clear brown with a thin tan head. Creamy and caramelly malt aroma with some subtle roastiness. Sweet and creamy caramel flavor with a bit of roast and nuts.
Narnad (1503) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the West Dundee local. Arrived at the table a dark brown/red with a small, semi-foamy head. Aroma is light nutty with some sweet caramel/malt. Flavor was sweet, some light chocolate, a little bit of raisin, nutty hints and a great Munich maltish flavor. Overall a light aroma and decent flavor.
kseecs16 (1213) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Downer’s Grove. Enjoyed it a lot more at home out of the growler, so I’ll rate it based on that. Pours opaque with garnet shining on the lightened edges. Almost no head, but a whiff of lacing is evident. Fairly potent rich aroma, quite sweet touch of apricots and raisin. Strong malt flavor with an evident roast character, not overly sweet with a hint of a bitter finish. Smooth and medium bodied, a pretty decent doppelbock - but a little lighter in flavor than I could have hoped foor.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The body is a ruby highlighted dark brown and it sports a quickly dissolved, creamy tan head. No lacing here. The nose is faint with a light touch of roasted malt and a wee hint of chocolate. A tad thin, but the flavor continues with the lightly roasted malt, adds some dark & stale caramel and a splash of chocolate with some raisin skins, then fades into a mildly bitter, roasty finish. Acceptable.
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JMerritt (1890) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Downer’s Grove ale house. Dark ruby red with thick, tan head that is mostly diminishing, leaving behind lots of lacing. Plums, dates, raisins, and low-roasted grains in the nose. Very grain, wheat-hull flavor, some bittersweet chocolate. Very carbonated, a bit too much for my tastes. Alcohol isn’t that well hidden - it is rather abrasive in the immediate aftertaste, also lending a bit of sweetness to the harshness.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 31, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught sample at the Downers Grove location. Clear dark mahogany with thick lacing and a lasting creamy tan head...sweet caramel and dried herbs in the malty nose, but grapy-pruny character sabotages the nice efforts...thick, cloying mouthfeel, really syrupy, malty and vinous...lactic and a bit sour at the finish...this seems like it might have need a bit more lagering, or aging, just has an unfinished feel to it...so, despite the owner bragging about the awards, this was far from my favorite beer at his pub.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
So for the longest time I would have said that Dopplebock is my favourite style but the past couple months or so I was really beginning to turn to the dark side of the imperial whatevers that are out there and turn away from my lager roots. Well, Then I had this creation and my faith has been restored to what I want out of a good dopplebock.
Amberish dark ruby with a tan medium sized quickly discipating head that leaves a good lacing. The nose is sweet with malts, grains and some hops. I was really thinking that this would have more of the hop kick that I have been detecting in their other beers but really it wasnt there, Just a balance of malts with caramel and chocolate ala the heath bars that we handed out at halloween this year. Breads and cinnamon gently in the end just before the mellow malts finish out. Wow, this stuff is great.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
West Dundee location, served in a nice, big 20-oz. glass mug at 50 degrees. Clear, opulent and cherry lacquered brown in color with a beautiful, 1/3" thick, creamy, blanketing tan head. Lovely aroma showcasing rich pecans, milk chocolate and caramel, elevating to Rolos status and hinting at Heath bars. Brown sugar, poppycock and cinnamon apple sauce round out the nose. Big flavor profile. Caramelized pecans with a sleek semi-sweet chocolate ribbon. Strong cedar smoothness. Makes its presence felt yet retreats rather briskly, imparting qualities in line with brown bread spiced with nutmeg. Rye is appreciated in the malt make up. Dry bakers chocolate and caramel popcorn straight from the Christmas tin. One of the spicier renditions for the style. Finish is laden with nuts and mild rye dinner rolls, fairing well with the touch of discernable alcohol at the end. A commendable doppelbock.