BVery (8911) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Binny’s. Very dark mahogany pour with a small foamy tan head. Toasted malt, bread, bittersweet chocolate, maybe a hint of licorice. Medium to lighter on the carbonation. Medium palate. Not bad.
superspak (3964) - Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and yeast ester notes; with decent strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, milk chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Minimal herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, milk chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, brown sugar, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice doppelbock. Good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A bit too dark/roasty for the style, but nicely enjoyable otherwise.
madmitch76 (20064) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
5th October 2014
Pretty much opaque dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Smooth and semi dry palate, light fine carbonation. Mild dark malts. Little fruity rang, almost coca cola. Pinch of cocoa powder. Whispers of roast and coffee. Light semi dry finish. A tidy and flavoursome brown.
rosenbergh (9501) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. 1424034142214. From alesbymail.co.uk.
Dark reddish brown colour with a small tan head.
Dark fruits, roasted malt, mild bitterness and some dryness in the aroma. Not bad actually. German Doppelbock with some dry roasty notes. The flavour is sweetness, dark fruits, mild coffee, dry malt and some hoppy bitterness. It’s a like mix of Doppelbock and strong Stout. Not bad at all. Strong and quite smooth. After the mediocre Lager and drinkable Red Ale this is really nice surprise from Firemans Brew.
rumproasts (4448) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. deep brown with small head. big malt body with chocolate and a bit of caramel. smooth. doesn’t seem quite like a dopplebock, but whatever it is, it’s fairly decent.
crossovert (10293) - Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle. Dark brown/blackish pour. Big sweetness and fruits, not refined enough for a doppelbock.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark molasses and caramel malts. Sweet and nutty. Notes of coffee as well with good chocolate highlights.
Frank (3705) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Figured this would be a brown ale but it’s an eight percent doppelbock so I guess I will be having a slow start tomorrow morning. Well, I shouldn’t say it’s a doppelbock really. It is kind of more of a baltic porter and actually resembles the actual style much more than most American craft beer that is labeled as such. It is brown in color w/ a thin head of fine white bubbles. There is not much to the nose, just a twinge of roast character and maybe a hint of some grassy hops. The roast character pops a bunch more once tasted against a slightly sweet back drop. Despite being quite a strong beer, this isn’t really particularly flavorful. It finishes w/ a slightly earthy and very slightly medicinal bitterness and some linger notes of roasted malt. The slightly roasty character plus clean yeast profile are what make me thing Baltic porter. Doppelbocks are generally more raisiny in my experience w/ no roast at all. Either way, this is a pretty mediocre beer and I am glad I only bought one of them.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This pours an extremely dark mahogany body, nearly opaque, with a slender yet sustained tan head. Sheets of slippery lace are left on the sides of the glass when drinking. It has an aroma of root beer, burnt dark brown sugar, and a whiff of alcohol. The flavor is more of a bittersweet chocolate, somewhat earthy, with a quiet dark sugar sweetness. The alcohol is absent from the taste. The finish is rather abrupt, but it left me with a stickiness on my lips and facial hair. Sloppy drinker, I guess.
DYCSoccer17 (3545) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 6, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle from a 6 pack purchased at Frenchy’s in Woodland. The aroma is of sweet chocolate, cocoa, and some light peat. Perhaps a little butterscotch, too. Somewhat transparent mahogany body with a small, weak, quickly dissipating light tan head. Starts with a general sweet, sugary flavor, before some peat comes through in the middle. Very light-bodied, and quite sweet. Lots of residual sugars present. Fairly thin, and one-dimensional.