badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from holiday. Copper red with a fizzy white head. Caramel aroma and taste with wheat bread and toffee notes very little noticeable whiskey on the back end and some alcoholic warmth. I was wanting more whiskey, vanilla, and oak taste, but it wasnít there.
Sammy (9314) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Jason for sharing. I didnít know at the time of the whiskey cask and it probably contributed to the unusual aroma. Spicey malty flavour. Its malty brown, and significantly hoppy. Light brown colour, with malty foam, soapy bubbles, lacing noticed. Finishes on the malty side.
Ernest (6576) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin), with a note of alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly husky, unclean.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic, slightly metallic.
Very simple (and Americanized) aroma, and unfortunately pretty unclean and metallic in the finish. Unpleasant. Canít recommend it.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big Bottle. Aroma was well musty something or another. Just didnít get much of anything on the nose from this one. Amber body with off white head. Flavor of spice and a sugar sweetener that wasnít overbarring. Flavor of a thin cough syrup. Apple sipcey aftertaste on palate this is one of the stangest brews Iíve had so far odd.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by DYCSoccer 17. Lighter doppel - light orange with frothy head. Gassy, effervescent aroma; lightly fruity and syrupy. Smooth, lightly malty and perfumey flavor, maple syrup and a low roasty bitterness. Very clean with moderate malt complexity.
DYCSoccer17 (3459) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. Grassy, metallic hoppy lagerish aromas present. Perhaps some DMS is in there as well. Lightly fruity and lightly spicy. Aroma is extremely faint and very weak. Disappointing. Transparent copper-amber body that has an attractive creamy khaki-colored head. Good lacing. Lightly sweet, caramel malty start. Becomes more metallic and lager-like in the middle. FInishes with some grassy hop flavors. Easy-drinking beer, but it is pretty boring. This beer is named "Collaboration" because apparently the brewers collaborated with amateur brewers to develop the recipe. Hereís some collaboration--donít put a boring, average beer in a corked and caged champagne bottle and peddle it for $16 a fucking bottle.
presario (4828) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big bottle from Spokane. Moderate frothy head on red amber or copper. Surprisingly quiet aroma, somwhat like a quiet maibock. Whereís the malt and chocolate? HIgh alcohol and hops. Not sure who the collaborators were but this tastes more like a high octane Maibock than a Dopplebock.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is clear light amber with a thin white head...smell is sweet and caramelly,..taste is sweet with those same flavors but a light hoppy finish...thin...
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Bronze beer with a nice light tan head. Sweet malt, spice, earth and light noble hop aroma. Sweet caramel malt, with light noble hop backing of earth and light spice. Medium bodied. Very drinkable. Lingering caramel, earth, light noble hops. Not as sweet as expected frpm reading reviews, but nothing special.
bhensonb (12135) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Coop in Davis, CA. Aromas of dark malt, minor dark fruit, and (I hope) floral or grassy hop. Brilliant ruby mahogany color (so 5 for appearance) with a beige smear for head. Almost medium in body with very mild carbonation. Flavor is amazing. Itís not sticky. Itís much like an ale with underlying chocolate malt or maybe itís just roasted caramel. Nope. Just saw the malt list. Flavor is upfront dark lager, but there is enough good hop to give it almost floral notes. Finish is pretty well balanced, though that lager sweetness is hanging around. Itís a really good drink, possibly except for a couple of imperial lagers it may be the best lager in America - which might mean it is the best dark lager in America. So go USA. And donít blame the beer for being denominated as a doppelbock - itís competing in a higher style. My suggestion: adapt the recipe to ale yeast and see what results.