Brewed by Klosterbrauerei Ettal
Style: Doppelbock
Ettal, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 496   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
The nose is filled with complex notes of figs, fruitcake, port, licorice, cherry, raisin chocolate, black toffee, coffee and caramel, while it tastes deliciously thick and chewy, with great complexity showing notes of fruits, coffee-roastiness, molasses, licorice, and toffee. This beer is a meal!
Editor's note. The draught version is 9% abv, but also contained under this listing. Edit #2 The bottles are now 9% as well (from 7%)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13461) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Bottle. Poured dark brown with an average frothy off-white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate toated caramel and tart fruit aroma. Medium body with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Heavy sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13208) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2006
(500ml bottle, thanks Goldtwins) Crystal clear copper body with off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel. Some alcohol burn in the finish. Creamy medium-full body. Hops? We don’t need no stinkin hops!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (13145) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2010
Bottle. Frothy white fair mostly deminishing head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Some caramellic notes. Moderate bitter caramellic flavor. Some alcoholic notes. Average moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of mlat, licorice, and alcohol. Flavor of black malts and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (12350) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2006 Bottle: deep dark brown color, poor head. Malty raisinny aroma. Full bodied, almost thick. Sweet and malty flavor. Tropical fruit, caramel and some chichorei. Alcohol clearly noticed. Malty, bitter aftertaste. Firm high quality doppelbock. Tap: Café Morshuis Albergen. Sweet, malty flavor with roasted malt and some bitter chocolate. Mango. Soft but persistant prickly mouthfeel. Not a sign of alcohol. Very likeable. A tap sample tasted in feb ’06 had a mint and anis character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12185) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2007
@Old Bay-pours with no head and mahogany color. Aroma is dark malt-molasses, dark fruit-plum, spice. Taste is syrupy/sweet, dark malt-molasses, dark fruit-plum, spice-coriander-like, alcohol. Sipping to start. Medium/full body. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12100) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Bottle received via trade with porterhouse. Pours deep brown with an average, frothy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, toffee, nutty), light hops (grass), average yeast (broth, dough) with notes of figs, cherries, port, and molasses. Full bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a slight bitter, metallic finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (12077) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2007
Bottle. Pours a beautiful red mahogany with a medium foamy off white head. Aroma is sweet with a musky roasted feel and some dark chocolate. Extremely full mouthfeel, foamy, oily. Flavour has lots of roasted tones, with raisins, plums, some coffee and a general sweetness. Ends on a pleasant vinious note.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bov (11965) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 8, 2006
courtesy of oh6gdx - pours a clear dark brown colour with a reddish hue; very little foam remaining; the nose is a little bit sourish, roasted with strong notes of caramel, dates and a touch of alcohol; sweet and medium-bodied, tart and sour; dry and astringent bitter finish - it really does not work for me

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11767) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2009
I am surprised that I haven’t rated this yet. 500 mL bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a deep ruby red color with a thin head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, toffee, raisins, light anise. Taste is anise, alcohol, toffee, dark fruits including primarily raisin. Full bodied with significant alcohol warmth. Very tasty. Good doppelbock.

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