BlackForestCO (961) - 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 (4126) - 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 (1863) - Loveland, 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 (itís a touch bacony & smoky towards this finish for me.) Nose is a little lacking.
This is fabulous stuff. Too bad itís not naturally carbonated. It would probably age very well.
3fourths (7525) - Boulder, Oregon, 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 (5892) - 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 theyíre very apparent (without being aggressive or overdone). Well hidden alcohol. Quite sweet, so donít let this warm up too much, but then again this is a bock/doppelbock so itís 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 (1160) - 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.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear, coppery, ruby color with a small, pillowy, beige head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal, tight lace. Nose is nice but fairly simple; notes of rauch malts, vanilla, scorched wood, and hints at toffee. Flavor is much better with creamy vanilla bean to start with other sweet notes of toffee and maple, undertones of scorched oak, a rauch note is constant throughout, and other notes of light raisin and an earthy, moderately low bitterness. Palate is lively, medium to full, velvety, and a bit chewy. Finishes bittersweet with lingering vanilla and maple underneath rauch and some scorched oak remaining. An interesting beer when compared to the base dopple; the head was short-lived and the nose lacked the complexity due to the oak barrel notes. But the flavor was a whole new experience with oak barrel notes, rich dopple notes, and rauch flowing through the entire progression; the palate remains solid. I am not a fan of smoked beers, but this one has so much complexity and balance in the flavor, the rauch was just another nuance added to an oak-aged dopple. I was surprisingly impressed by the original and this one was even better.
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap in the brewery. Poured a nice amber color with a small off white head. Aroma is very smoky with a hint of vinnila. Taste is smokey with a nice malt taste. Hints of an earthy woody flavor.