jrob21 (2972) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brickstore. Opaque brown color with a frothy tan head about a 1/2 inch high. Aroma of peat and smoke. The smoke flavor was pretty spot on in terms of intensity. Creamy mouthfeel gives you a nice texture. Flavor was pretty complex with some meat, smoke, vanilla, and wood from the aging. A bit of red fruit was hiding in the background as well. Very little carbonation here gives you an impression this is more like a meal than a drink. Good body but a pretty quick finish. This is one of the better smoked beers I’ve had but the barrel aging adds some complexity to where the comparisons may not be fair.
waolsen (1371) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. mahogony pour with some clarity. rich caramel and barrel with smoke aroma. rich sticky malts with smoky, vanilla, nice body. enjoyable.
SSSteve (3993) - - APR 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
clear brownish purple under a small filmy tan head. salty meaty smoked aroma with touches of sweet sticky malts also. flavor is smoky, charred, jerky, salt up front with sweet sticky bocky malts and a perfect vanilla oak barrel finish. complex with a good smoked flavor blending with sweet vanilla. good idea with the barrel aged smoked. medium bodied.
Palidor19 (3084) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
love the look and aroma of this beer, its got the aroma of a nice fine smoked ham. color is a deep red hue. taste falls a tad over carbonated with a some malts and hard smoked flavor.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Crosling. Poured a muddled brown color with crimson edges and a creamy 1/4 inch beige head that receded to a thin layer. Aroma of smoke, honey-glazed ham and bacon, lightly charred wood, and a bit of bourbon spice. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with some caramel maltiness leads into a moderate smokiness with hints of meat and tobacco that finishes with some vanilla paired with a light bourbon spiciness and a moderately dry woodiness. Low carbonation and smooth, although a bit thin on the palate. Overall, a well made beer that managed to maintain some of the base beer qualities while imparting some nuance from the barrel without being overdone. Nice stuff.
nick76 (4315) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is smokey, sweet with toffee, wood, and vanilla. The appearance is reddish with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma but meaty which is not good. The palate is average with a smokey buttery finish. Overall this is not one I care for.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pros: A lot of elements combining well together. Smoke & meat, caramel, toffee, bourbon & vanilla. Well hidden alcohol. Seriously complex flavor.
Cons: Lacks mouth feel and vibrancy, due to the lack of natural carbonation. Would prefer different finishing flavors (it’s a touch bacony & smoky towards this finish for me.) Nose is a little lacking.
This is fabulous stuff. Too bad it’s not naturally carbonated. It would probably age very well.
3fourths (8702) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Filtered, force-carbonated. Rich tawny tobacco brown colored body. A hefty swirl produces a thick and frothy burnt caramel colored dense head. Nose is sweaty vienna and munich malts with a twang of peanut oil and bourbon - moderately sweet, somewhat fusel but all around enjoyable. Thick and viscous body, the maple, oak and sweet tobacco flavors seem to explode up front only to quickly mellow and sweeten as it passes across the palate and on the back of the tongue. The smoke character is especially mild, but performs well with the slightly sweet and sticky maple and caramelized apples in play. Alcohol is present but not the focus. Very good.
Ernest (6841) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel, roasted nuts, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of smoked meat, wood, vanilla, brown sugar.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
As good as the regular Doppelbock, but in different ways. Great balance of aromatic characters, and the smoke itself is very enticing and rich/meaty (not stark ashes and char), albeit more subdued than the Doppelbock. Clearly eight weeks in the barrel was plenty to get the woody and vanilla-ish notes to come out, as they’re very apparent (without being aggressive or overdone). Well hidden alcohol. Quite sweet, so don’t let this warm up too much, but then again this is a bock/doppelbock so it’s not exactly out of character. Still, more bittering would be helpful (perhaps a year of cellaring was too long?). Overall a very well-done, successful effort.
Beaver (1489) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a small off white head (even after a vigorous pour) that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.
The aroma is vanilla, alcohol, sweet caramel, and some smoke.
The flavor is sweet caramel malts and vanilla with a smoky lightly bitter finish. As it warms more burnt smoke comes out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is kind of watery.
Overall, I think I like the regular doppelbock better. This is a little too much on the sweet vanilla side and the smoke is more reserved and charred.