wlajwl (3744) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2013 Aroma is caramel malts and a decent hint of sweetness. The flavor is caramel malts, fruit/dark fruit and a tart finish.
blaird22 (4) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2013 does not count
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Nice aftertaste. Not very bitter, but high abv for a brunette and very easy to drink.
DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nearly solid brown to black color under a thick tan head. Smell shows chocolate roast malt, and after itís sat for a few minutes, some of the roastiness of a stout. Is that good or bad for a doppelbock. Not much alcohol on the palate, but I am starting to feel it after a few more drinks. Warm and creamy chocolate taste, a slight sour fringe around my tongue. Not a style that a lot of contract clients want to do, and itís carried off pretty nicely.
hockey9930 (76) - - OCT 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a 1/2" head when poured from a bottle. Seeing yeast particles float up maybe it a bit less appetizing. Smells malty and chocolaty. Heavy bodied and moderately creamy; fizzy. Slight sour after taste.
TwoSipDip (8894) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburís Foco. Pours a black appearance with a creamy tan head with a dissipating head. Big roasty, nutty, a touch woody, caramel malty, cola, a touch burnt aroma. Somewhat sugary, burnt toffee, caramel, cookie, nutty, cola flavor. Not bad.
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (scorched caramel, burnt grain, molasses), with notes of brown/turbinado sugar, date/raisin, light note of shoe polish.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Similar quality as the Blonde (I see now they named their three beers as if theyíre women...that in addition to the company name makes it loud and clear that fireMEN are MENíS MEN, *grunt* *grunt* *grunt*). Almost nothing in the nose but sugars, and that carries through in the mouth, where thereís very little to balance. Just seems like a strong brown ale. A clumsy beginner brew.
Barreras (931) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JUL 19, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a deep dark brown color with aroma of roasted malts and nuts. Taste is roasted as well, with a bitter aftertaste. The leftover taste on. The palate is almost too bitter. Overall a good looking beer that is a little tough on the palate.
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My second favorite of the trio currently offered. This double bock pours brown/black and has a nice malty aroma. Lighter than a traditional dopple this would make a good introductory beer to the world of German style beers.
BucannonXC5 (796) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass on May 31, 2012. Minimal head, well less than a finger. Color was maroon black, reminded me of grape cough syrup. Caramel tan lacing that went away fairly quickly.
Lots of different smells that didnít initially match up that well. Got caramel and toffee notes, then dark chocolate. Also some coffee malts in there as well
Tasted a bit better than the smell, at least more balanced. Got roasted toffee malts up front, followed by dark chocolate and coffee. Got a weird aftertaste that was a bit like cough syrup.
Full-to-medium body. Thinner texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.
A decent beer. Iíd give it another try, along with some of their other beers.
mjg74 (2487) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Ralphs. Roasted nose. Good deal of malt and coffee. Slight sweetness up front. Good roasty flavors. Pretty tasty. I was a bit worried about this beer being overly sweet. That isnít the case. Solid Dopplebock.