MarkSachon (673) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle from my neighbor Bob - thanks! Rich coffee flavoring and a heavy dose of molasses are immediate. Long lasting taste sorta lingers on the mouth feel and just plain pleasant throughout. Watch out for the 8.5 ABV which can drop you after three or four quick ones.
aumentm (200) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is wild. Very filling. Definitely from the german style and this beer will make you want more.
cards04 (2061) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I haven’t had a doppelbock this good in a long time. Thanks shrubber85. Pours a dark maroon. Tantalizing aromas of dried fruit, red wine, sour cherries and bread. Flavors aren’t dulled down with heavy malts. Instead a bright sour cherry and raisin flavor lift this up. A bit of booze and toasted grain as well. Fantastic beverage.
eRock_2013 (301) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer reminded me why doppelbock will always be my favorite beer style. Pours a glorious shimmery dark ruby color, excellent lacing and a proportionate white head. The aroma is distinctive, standard caramel maltiness, red fruit, but also a chocolate-cocoa flavor, very fresh and not boozy as some d-bocks are. Taste is delicious, layers of caramel malt, roasty burnt malt, chocolate malt, caramel malt, it's malt-tastic! The body was lighter and not as full as others, but I actually enjoyed it as this was the cleanest finishing doppelbock I've ever had. Absolutely no booziness or indication of the high ABV. Truly excellent in every respect.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5188) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled on draft at Zeno’s in State College this beer poured a dark red-brown color with a large foamy tan head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was faintly malty and did not have anything else going on. The flavor was faintly malty with a hint of dark fruit. Medium finish. Medium body. Surprisingly bland.
RobertDale (3916) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Thanks to my Winter Secret Santa. Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, caramel, and grain. Taste is malt, dark fruit, caramel, grain, and a hint of chocolate. Very well balanced. Excellent.
MartinT (8328) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Caramel sweetness and earthy hops momentarily tag team until malt flavors decide to take over this warming Doppelbock.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the hazy dark burgundy.
-Candied fruit appears here and there.
-Carbonation is soft and the residual sugar level is high. Which is about right for the style.
-Malt flavors are a tad linear, which is not uncommon for Doppelbocks.
On tap at The Thirsty Monk, Asheville.
Lubiere (10700) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A dark brown Bock with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet caramel malt with dark fruits, vinous character, pleasant. In mouth, a sweet fruity caramel malt with dark fruits, molasses, alcohol warmth, nice. On tap at Thirsty Monk.
joshmod (20) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love getting an American doppelbock! Complex beer - sweet raisins in the nose with a huge malty foundation. The flavor comes on sweet as well but resolves into a nice dry chocolate. Good beer, fun gravity. Drink responsibly.
Marheb (2758) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
La fois où je m’attends à absolument rien et que je tombe là-dessus!? Une base caramélisée qui se retrouve encercler d’un café moka bien torréfié pour tromper les sucres, du chocolat et de la profondeur des malts. Scié en deux.
Darkmagus82 (1916) - - SEP 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 9-14-13-
Served on tap in a point glass
Appearance – The beer is served a deep murky brown color with a one finger tan head. The head fades rather fast leaving a bit of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is big of sweet caramel and some smells of dark fruits of fig and cherry. The aroma also has a decent toasted malt aroma as well as some notes of chocolate mixed within. Rounding out these smells are some notes of a grassy hop, complimenting the others nicely.
Taste – The taste begins with a big sweet roasted malt flavor. The sweetness is of a caramel nature upfront with it transitioning to a more brown sugar and molasses sweetness more toward the end. The roasted malt flavor upfront is a mix of brown bread and some toasted malt tastes. Some lighter coffee flavors hit the tongue as well as a rather nice hit of dark fruit flavors more toward the middle of the taste. With a little bit of a herbal taste as well as some alcohol greeting the tongue at the end, taste an overall sweet, roasty, and warming taste is left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather midrange. The thick body is very nice for the big sweet and roasty flavors enhancing the warming nature of the brew.
Overall –This one has nice and big sweet flavors with lots of malt. A rather tasty doppelbock that is well worth a try.