Brewed by Klosterbrauerei Ettal
Style: Doppelbock
Ettal, Germany


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RATINGS: 462   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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%)

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doboy (416) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2012
A great doppelbock! Pours A deep dark brownish amber. Head was nice but dissipated. Aroma was sweet caramel malt. Taste as well was a sweet malty caramel. Mouth feel was like velvet. Aftertaste was warm and sweet. I want more of this! Can’t wait to drink this on draft in Germany next year!!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
generallee08 (639) - New York, USA - JUL 5, 2014
It has a dark brown, almost black body with deep reddish highlights. On top it has a small one finger tall tan head which quickly fades to a ring of foam around the edge of with a thin film covering. Buy the end there was no head at all and lacing was nill. Deep malty sweetness dominates the nose. There are hints of burnt caramel, dark brown sugar and herbal earthy hops. It has a firm full body with a heavy slick texture and light carbonation. This gives it a coating effect with its deep rich malty sweetness. For me it seems a bit too sweet but complex as well. It has notes of deep caramelized sugar, bread crust, light toast, brown sugar, raison and lots of prune notes. It finishes with lots of residual sweetness then a short herbal/leafy/earthy bitterness which struggles to add some sense of balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (3872) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Sweet with chocolate malt aroma. Lots of caramelized notes pours mahogany with OK head and lacing. Finishes sweet. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (1976) - Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
Dark cider/copper color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, caramel, & some fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, molasses, and dark fruit; Warm finish; Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4548) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle consumed at the Medieval Madness event in Alexandria VA. Aroma is heavy on the sweet plum and dates, lots of boozy malt notes, roast, toffee and licorice. Very drinkable, very complex and quite enjoyable. Don’t know who I’ve missed this one until now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawanna (2105) - GERMANY - MAR 19, 2014
0,5 l bottle BB 23.04.14 caramel, roasty, cereal, toast, floral, herbs, alcohol, brown, clear, frothy, tan foam, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, oily feel, slick feel, sticky, soft carbonation,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniele (5336) - ITALY - FEB 18, 2014
deep amber almost dark medium head floreal raisin little soapy sweet malt candy medium body low bitterness low attenation caramelle violetta

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (2076) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Slightly sweet doppelbock, dark brown/ruby with thin silky beige head. Aroma is mostly roast grains with a hint of molasses. Taste has the sweetness come on full bore, with dark grains sharing the palate. Sweet nature hides the high ABV. This is a real gem.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gerbewa (210) - - NOV 29, 2013
Had this at sushi babe with Vince. Good beer. This one is from Germany. Very deep plum color with malty flavor. Over 9% but not boozy at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
geologyguy (675) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2013
smells just like description says it will pretty much! Taste it the same but a bit more of the beer side comes out on the backend. The taste is quite good, but the finish is bitter and roasted with licorice...heavy beer too...decent, but if it was a bit lighter and more smooth it would be better

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiddleBrau (929) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2013
On tap at Iron Abbey. Deep red color but zilch of a head. This is super sweet quite fruity although body is thin. There is a syrupy flavor to this although there is a spice here with a hint of alcohol. I’m almost wondering. The palate is surprising light for a 9% Dopplebock.

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