jgb9348 (4889) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a slightly ruby tinted body and a nice sized, fast-dying tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, metal, nuts, cherries and some nice subdued oak. Full-bodied; Robust malty and nutty flavours come through with some raisins and pit fruits along with a touch of metal near the end. Aftertaste is rather sweet, with some bitter malt and nuts. Overall, a good dopplebock, more on the sweet side, but the alcohol comes through and some nutty flavours dominate at the tail end. A good beer - not great, but worthy of trying if you can find it! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 15-April-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 25-April-2010.
probstblueribbon (3097) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 fl. oz. bottle via Lubiere, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. 03AP10.
App.: Clear deep mahogany with a fair greyish-white head.
Aroma: A lightly funky, bright fruity note, chocolate, some esters, nice brown sugar and caramel, slight vanilla, some rootbeer herbals, definitely some infection marring the rich maltiness.
Palate: Medium+ body, restrained effervescence.
Flav.: Earthy, slightly spicy malts, mulled fruit juice, nice molasses and brown sugar, the tangy notes are all but gone, biscuit/bread males, a bit of warming, slightly stinging alcohol; dry with light bitterness, some alcohol and lightly fruity, deep malts.
Pretty nice, is it to style though?
VAYankee (334) - Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown body with a tan head. Full malty aroma with coffee and dark fruit. Roasted malt flavor with a trace of dark fruit. Finishes malty and slightly roasty.
nuplastikk (4741) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Deep black-brown color, with a thin beige head. Mellow chocolate aroma. Rich and sweet, some chocolate and brown sugar notes. Mellow soft carbonation and hop balance is excellent. Certainly leans a little in too the deep, roasty, chocolate malt side of the Doppelbock, rather than the pungent yeast tones from a good German version. An excellent beer nonetheless, certainly above par for your Stateside Doppelbock.
SSSteve (3862) - - MAR 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. deep brown with ruby highlights under small tan head. sweet, dark chocolate, raisins, riesen candy aroma. flavor is spot on with lots of dark flavors and an oily palate. medium bodied. 8% packs a punch without being noticeable in the flavor. at 4 bucks a 4 pack = best deal in town.
Lubiere (10548) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A clear brown doppelbock with a thin big bubbled brown head, dissipating quickly. Aroma of Coffee Crisp chocolate bar, cereals, indicating some forthcoming lightness of body. In mouth, a sweetish and cloying concoction, with burned caramel, german hops, rather light bodied. Boring and cloying.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Date: February 05, 2010
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: dark ruby red
Aroma: dry dark caramel aroma, nice smokey peat
Flavor: rich malt flavor, dark caramel, touch of sweetness balanced by an earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
ChainGangGuy (4423) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 ounce pint - $4.50 at Taco Mac in Buford, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours up a walnut-hued, dark brown body circled with a thin ring of ivory-colored bubbles.
Smell: Roasty nose smelling of chicory mingled with a touch of booze and notes of dark fruit and sweet-scented syrup.
Taste: First roasty, then toasty, then in comes a sweet saturation of treacle and caramel with a lesser hint of molasses and coffee. A few drops of juiced prunes. Bite of spicy, zesty hops with a modicum of bitterness. Sweetish, roasty finish with a final hint of fruit, and, just when you think you’re out, a sip of booze.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation, yet the mouthfeel remains a tad sticky.
Drinkability: Acceptable! Fairly drinkable even considering the alcohol content. A decent doppelbock of the darker variety.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle poured dark brown with a fair amount of head. Sweet malty flavor with a quick finish.
bhensonb (11663) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Again one from CaptainCougar - and again gratitude. Lot of it. I’d never get this stuff out West. Near opaque brown with ruby glimpses when held near light. Slight beige head. The aroma is like bakery buns. With dark fruit. Maybe like a prune pastry? Near full bodied with mild creamy carbonation. Malt? Oh yeah. It’s really malty. It has prune too. Not much hop. It finishes so undry. So why do I like it? The fruit and malt work together. It seems better balanced as time passes. It’s a lager I’d drink before many others. If I saw it in a store, I’d buy it. No higher praise.