Brewed by Klosterbrauerei Ettal
Style: Doppelbock
Ettal, Germany


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RATINGS: 493   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%)

doboy's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doboy (424) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Idiosynkrasie (6165) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 23, 2016
330ml bottle [Thanks to Barettalbier for this Top 50 Doppelbock!]. Clear, dark burgundy colour with small to average, thick, mostly lasting, moderately lacing, beige head. Mellow malty aroma, fruity notes of red berries, cherry, fig, raisin; caramel and toffee in the background, a touch of liquorice; dry hints of fruit parings tend to evoke resolvent allusions. Taste is moderately sweet fruity, again red berries, cherry, fig and raisin, additional notes of toffee, caramel, white coffee, interludes of treacle inspired sweetness; oily texture, slightly sticky palate. Rich and complex, relatively light for 9% abv, surprisingly fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kajser27 (1219) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 3, 2016
Ruby red colored, frothy beige head, good lasting. Aroma is of caramel, dried fruits, some chocolate and toasty notes. Taste is medium to very sweet malty, caramel, toffee, bit chocolate, lots of dried fruits, medium herbal bitterness, bittersweet finish. Full bodied, sticky. Too sweet overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rand (1490) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 28, 2016
Bottle 33 cl from Bier-Bienne (CH). Reddish brown beer with refections ruby, average beige head. Aromas soft malted with notes of alcohol, red berries and chocolate. The taste is soft, round, with roasted, molasses-licorice, black cherry, choc and a touch of vanilla. Creamy beer, complex but heady. Bittersweet hop. The top of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trolleo (1234) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 27, 2016
Clear dark brown body, no head. Alcohol and brown sugar aroma. Taste is much better, chocolate, dark fruit and caramel. Soft carbonation, medium body. Good one. //on tap at Craft Room

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tekstr1der (345) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Clear, dark copper in appearance with minimal head that fades to nothing. Aroma of bread pudding, overripe dark fruits, and sweet cooked sugars - fantastic. Flavor is nearly as good with sweet malty notes of prune and raisin dominating. I like sweet beers, and this one is near the far end of that spectrum. Very smooth with just a hint of alcohol and slightly syrupy/cloying, though finish is quite clean. Great stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
N3lson1 (930) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Drank from a pint glass, poured from a large bottle, thank you Björn. Delicious nice dark beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohhnyB (139) - CROATIA - JAN 23, 2016
On tap. Pours deep amber color with off-white head. Aroma of cheries, raisins and caramel. Sweet flavour and alcohol is noted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marko (4793) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 21, 2016
On tap at Craft Room. Clear deep darker ruby/amber body with an off white creamy head, quite lovely. Dry malty aroma, raisins, caramel. Medium lean body, malts abound, caramel, vague fruitiness - raisins, very slightly oily. Dry finish, liiiight roasty bitterness. While not particularly bursting with complexity, this is a supremely drinkable beer, not too sweet, not as boozy as I heard it was. Nothing off about it at all - and that’s something one should appreciate in a Doppelbock, or strong lager of any kind. Good job!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2015
16.9 oz bottle. Deep chestnut brown with a lacy bone head. Nose is grape jelly and buttered wheat toast. Medium body with a sharp fuzzy tang. Taste is brown bread, date chutney, clove and tobacco. Sweet but not cloying. Coincidentally a fine choice for an Xmas Eve warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrHangover (3855) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2015
Bottle @ Deans Sticky Bomb Shelter Tasting, thnx to the crew for sharing! Pours a clear, darker golden beer with a thin off white head on top. Aroma of sweet malts, some faint, dried herbal notes, dark fruits. Flavor is sweet, malty again, typical Doppelbock, a hint of booze. Fruity sweet aftertaste. Quite nice, lacks a decent aftertaste and complexity though.

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