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 (3590) - 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 (4902) - 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 (8270) - 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 (13616) - 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.
Cobra (1100) - - MAR 12, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Let me begin by saying, Iím not impressed. $16 for a mediocre beer is not acceptable by any means. 750 ml green bottle. Points off right there for a green bottle. What? Did you guys ride the short bus to school? Havenít you heard that green bottles allow for skunking? Or, did you miss that day in brewing school? Anyway, barely a pop when the cork was removed. Poured out a light, clear, brown color, with a minimal tan head. Aromas are fairly nondescript. Some sweet notes, a little wildflower honey, some hops.
Exceptionally clear. Flavors are of sweet malts, slightly roasty, slightly yeasty too. Medium mouthfeel, thin and sweet. Finishes sweet & malty. A mediocre beer at best.
Dorwart (2498) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin sloppy head of varying sized bubbles. Light carbonation. Malty aroma with some light raisin notes and caramel. Color is a deep reddish orange. Medium bodied. Light alcohol presence. Lots more malts in the flavor with only a little bit of sweetness. Many times dopplebocks come off as being sickly sweet to me but this one is not like that. Late heat from the alcohol. More caramel and earthy/herbal flavors. Finishes hot and very herbal. Lots of parsley and some other mild herbs. Decent but not worth the price.
IrishBoy (4071) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from Bottle Barn; Nose is sweet caramel, vanilla, yeast, and toffee; clear copper with a small off-white head; flavor has caramel, toffee, vanilla, on otherwards just as it smells, but with a minor bitter note that combines with some light smoky sweetness in the finish! Canít taste any whiskey barrels except for the light vanilla notes!
eaglefan538 (3012) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 5, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle from Tops in Tempe. The pour was deep amber to copper in color. Thin 1/2 cm head, decent retention, weak lacing. The aroma was fruity with some dark malts, some grass. Flavor followed the aroma, darker malts, some lighter fruits, light choco, some grass. Finishes a bit acidic squeeky with some astringency, bitterness detectable (hops) in there. The mouthfeel was moderate for the style, far from a sticky malty doppelbock, but yet not that outstanding in any shape or form, not crisp and clean enough. Nice experience, but beyond that, just not a great beer (yet again) from FD.