Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. From my cellar. What a great beer! Nice dark gold pour with a huge head. Roasty goodness. coffee, caramel. Full of flavor!
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Another whiskey aged brew. Pours old penny dark copper w/ a tall, lasting head. Reduces slowly leaving sticky snail tracks finally resting to a fluffy, spattered canopy. Strong aromas of dark malts w/ a pungent acidity. Full nectar w/ soft residual effers. The texture is a bit oily and very slick. It just glides around effortlessly. A big malty backbone susstains the hive as sweet decadent darkfruit nuances dance. Blackcherry, peach, plumb, grapes, melon rind, leather, alcohol, and a touch of herb. The finish is bittered w/ peachpit that really does the job keeping me on pace. This brew is well made w/ a royal pedigre. The hops show on the finish w/ some citrus rind. This brew is very strongly flvored w/ a generous disposition. Rich and chewy w/ gummy fruit candy. Quite hopped up for a DB. Another underrated beer.
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m surprised by the low ratings here, I really enjoyed this one. Nice and hoppy, as noted by GreatLibations. A bit thin on the palate but otherwise a very enjoyable beer.
Theis (15116) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at ØLButikken. Clear nutbrown - white head. Sweetness, roasted, nutty, light wood, chocolate, medium hoppy, grassy, light bourbon notes, ryebread, caramel, sharpness, light alcoholic. Nice smooth body. Well balanced !!!
bhensonb (13977) - 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. It’s not sticky. It’s much like an ale with underlying chocolate malt or maybe it’s 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. It’s 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 don’t blame the beer for being denominated as a doppelbock - it’s competing in a higher style. My suggestion: adapt the recipe to ale yeast and see what results.
Drake (11565) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
C&C 750 mL bottle shared by maniac at the Baltimore Late Late Summer Gathering, 9/14/13. Pours a clear dark red color with an attempt of a head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, toasted malts, vanilla, raisin, mild spice. The taste is bitter herbal hops, toffee, caramel, raisin, vanilla. Medium-full bodied, slight booze, nearly no carbonation. Has held up incredibly well despite its age.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transparent and magnifying copper in color with an oily galaxy dust for the head. Aroma emits a traditionally eloquent olfactory, with chestnuts, hazelnut sheafs, toasted munich malt, maple nut and honey oats holistically forming a treatise on English toffee. Flavor produces a full arrangement with chestnut chocolate characteristics. Slightly bitter underbelly meets toffee and chocolate covered wheat bran flakes. Earthy, rich, decadent toasted grain complex strums favorably along the way. Fuller bodied with flavor allusions of ABV. Hints of buttered rum reside under the melded caramel and chocolate composure, finishing with English toffee chocolate chews.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
So are we rating the beer or the price tag??? I agree that the $16 that I paid was a bit steep, but does that make this any less a beer??? I think that many have forgotten the spirit surrounding the site...it’s not the "value" of the beer but, rather, how the beer compares to others in its category. Clearly, this beer isn’t the best in its class but it undoubtedly distinguishes itself from others less worthy. Non-aggressive aroma, burnt orange color with slight off-white head, and mildly sweet flavor make this beer above average (depending where that bar is set) but not extraordinary.
tgncc (3089) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Shoreline Beverage, Huntington, NY. Nice aroma, mainly malt, some fruit and plums, tiny bit of alcohol. Nice copper color typical to the style. Nice thick mouthfeel. Taste of caramel malts, and a candy sweetness. Leaves a slight malty sweetness on the palate. the alcohol within is relatively well hidden. Nice dopplebock, not outstanding for this category, though. Obviously, I liked it better than many of my esteemed ratebeerians, however. BTW, where is the whiskey in this?
hayduke (4755) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 750 C&C bottle that cost $15.95 at the Northcoast Coop in Arcata, CA, this poured a slightly hazy amber with not much head. This as at cellar temperature (55 degrees) which seems about right. Drink this too cold and I think it would lose something which might explain some of the low ratings here.
Big nose of floral hops and caramel malts. Slick and greasy mouthfeel. Flavors are rich and complex, and a little sweet. I liked this a lot.