DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear medium copper pour with 1-finger khaki head. Aroma is caramel malt, toffee, some assy funk, nuts, and polyurethane. Tastes caramel malty, with mild notes of brown sugar, cabernet, nuts. Not terribly complex, with a medium to light palate heft. It also gets rather hot near the end, while retaining a cloying quality, which seems paradoxical, I know, but try it and you’ll understand. I really wanted to like this one, but something just seemed amiss all the way through, and it didn’t mesh together well. This beer is analogous to a decent looking woman with a decent rack, yet when you get her in the sack you realize she has a winterbush and ugly feet.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to puddintane: Pours a clear brown with an off white head. Aroma, a little nutty, cararmel and roasted notes. Flavor, a bit ashy up front, caramel, some fruits, roasted notes, and a bit nutty. Ehh.
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Too many cooks spoil the broth? Seems to be the case from this brewer with cool packaging surrounding another one of their pedestrian beers. From a 750ml bottle purchased at John’s in Iowa City, IA. Dark copper colored body with a yellowish khaki head. The aroma is strange with apple pie and caramel. There is also a light herbal note in the background. The smells like a rich desert. The taste is light caramel with some peach pie. Roasted almonds come through in the finish. The body is surprisingly thin for a beer of this abv. As it warms you get a little more spice, but the sweetness is cloying. At least it has low carbonation, making this an ok sipper. I regret that I spent so much money on this barely passable doppelbock.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lightly burnt orange to copper color. Moderate, lasting, beige head. A few rings of lace. Heavy malt aromas with toasted bread, light caramel and scones. HInts of grassy and noble hops. I thought I caught a hint of mold but only pick it up once and have not found it again. Malty start with again, caramel and toasted grains. Middle is full of hops and rather aggressive with plenty of bite. The middle lead to a mild burn and heat. Finish is hot with hazelnut and alcohol. Somehow this one is really coming off, young, hot and a bit thin. Perhaps it is age, but I’m not convinced. Some part of me thinks this could develop to a smooth malt elixir, while another part of me thinks this might become an alcohol mazel tov cocktail. Of course I’ll pick up another and hope for the former. But I’m not going to hold my breath.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark brown with small fluffy tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, fruit, and chocolate. Taste was very similar to the smell. Pretty smooth for 8%.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with an almost three-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head that is a mix of large froth and tightly beaded creamy head. The beer is absolutely brilliantly clear and is almost the bright color of cranberry juice. A very distinct nose; clearly malt focused, but it has an almost woody, sort of nutty character to it that is quite prominent. Something about it is a little off-putting; I almost wonder if the beer is a little green still, despite the 8 weeks of lagering. It has a sort of bourbon like note to it as well as a piquant fruity note that reminds me of cherry brandy. Lots of toasty malt aromatics, a sort of whole grain bread crust smell and a slight raisin note too. Despite the aroma being fairly interesting and even complex in its malt character, I somehow feel like it is just lacking. It could just need a bit more age.
Up front the beer is creamy feeling and rich, towards the middle some carbonation serves as a foil and lightens things up a bit, but then again in the finish the velvety consistency coats my mouth in it malty embrace. The texture on this beer is quite nice and exactly what I want in a Doppelbock. Sweet tasting, though not overly so; the sweetness is made up of lots of various malt sugars and I have a feeling it will lose the touch of clean / simplistic sweetness (which really isn’t a big part of the flavor) over time, leaving a much more complex malt character. Still has quite a bit of hop character to it, while certainly secondary, the hop character is not an after-thought; Towards the end a herbal, slightly astringent, mutedly earthy, almost berry like hop flavor kicks in as does a nice sharp bitterness. Actually a herbal, slightly astringent, bitterness really clings to the palate after the beer has left the mouth; it even just barely outlasts the maltiness in the long finish. Malt contributed flavors of toffee, soft caramel, muted cherry, nutty notes, brown sugar, something a bit like brown rice and a touch of nuttiness.
This beer is still a bit green, it will definitely still improve quite a bit. It is hard to say, but my guess is that this will peak somewhere between 6 months and a year from now. I may have to pick up another bottle of this as one extra may not be enough. Still this is another impressive offering from the Wild Dog series of beers, and while maybe a bit green around the edges (the noticeable / uncharacteristic hop character seems to accentuate this a bit) it is still quite the tasty tipple & even quite enjoyable. Actually, I expect that even the green, slightly astringent hop character that is here will make this a better beer in the long run. Rating has to do with current status, I’ll update in 6 months or so.
Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson, AZ
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF 2007: Poured a clear golden amber color with a creamy off-white head. The aroma had hints of raisins and some toffee malt. The flavor was fruity and malty and the start. The finish was dry with a light-medium body.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Source: Brewfest, GABF
clear dark copper, fine beige head,
candy sweet malt aroma with a nice dose of chocolate,
rich malt flavor, nice candy sweetness, light balancing bitterness,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2008 @ the GABF
Taste is sour, alcoholic and grainy. Aroma is very light caramel.
-------- caramel, touch of cooked vegetable and grain.
Head has a couple of free floating bubbles, no lacing really, golden, dehydrated piss color.
Taste is bland, slightly grainy, some sweet, no huge amounts of smoke.
Apparently I liked it better at the GABF- must have been drunk.
MIBRomeo (2492) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour small off white head. Nice palate well coated and creamy. Aroma and flavor very similar. Alcohol first followed by carmel some raw grains and a sweet finish. Pretty decent but really needs some age to mellow.