jcwattsrugger (10726) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap-pours copper with a light tan head. Aroma is smokey/peat/sweet medium malt. Taste is chocolate/smokey/peat/sweet medium malt, some earthy/spice hops, hint of medium fruit.
rollinsr (303) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - FEB 14, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is awesome. Pours a nice ruby/amber color with a bit of tan head. Aroma is sweet and rich dark fruit flavors (fig and prune mainly) with some caramel as well. Flavor is sweet and slightly smoky. There is also a sort of oaky and nutty flavor that underlies some of the sweet fruit flavors. Sits very well on the palate with some lingering caramel nuttiness that imparts a slightly sticky feel.
Chudwick (1552) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 6, 2012
1.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2012 650ml bottle - pours very dark red with nice beige head and some lacing. Nose is powerful with candy, smoke, caramel hops and alcohol. Aroma is barley/rye, roasted chocolate and coffee. Taste is very smoky and very sweet. Heavy body. dry finish. I can find a good doppelbock in here, but the barley/rye and smoke just ruin it. drain pour.
jkwood04 (2934) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a shaker. Pours deep brown with a cream-colored head. Aroma of caramel malts, some nuts, and floral hops. Not a lot of smokiness. Average texture. A decent beer.
arminjewell (5149) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow 10.5%? This brewery knows how to hide its ABV. Pour is dark red with off white head on tap at the brewery. The smoke and the dopplebock mixed well, with aromas of chocolate, smokey meat, peat, some toffee, roast and even a hint of nuts. Taste is a mix of smoke, peat and meat creating almost a bacon-like taste, with some slight toffee and caramel that finished it off a bit sweet.
adnielsen (7586) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ brewery. Clear, dark burnt orange appearance with a light brown head. Lots of caramel, toffee, and moderate smoke in the nose. Moderately BBQ smoky, rich, caramel, toffee malty flavor with a rich, almost cloying finish.
coolpop (1284) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a dense, medium-sized, tan head. Some nice lacing. Aroma and flavor hit all the doppel bock notes -- malty, sweet, lots of raisins, thick almost syrupy palate -- and then it layers on smoke and some vanilla. For all of that, it’s surprisingly mild and drinkable, although a bomber becomes a little cloyingly sweet by the end. Very tasty. Never thought of marrying a rauchbier and a doppelbock, but it makes sense.
crajun (822) - , Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2011 rec’d via trade from brenttk56 (thanks Brent). didn’t rate as highly as most - it was toooo sweet. good aroma - toffe/smoke.
hazy thickish amber pour - nice palate. beer goes down smooth with no hops - don’t tast much smoke; sweetness is overpowering.
Ernesto987 (3027) - Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2011 nose is caramel, im not getting any smoked notes here at all, molasses on the palate, dried fruits linger, palate has extra roasted flavors, not what I would call smoked, very delicious and well masked alcohol for over 10 abv. Well done Americans on reconquering the germans
paultheguru (650) - Parker, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a snifter. Nice rich mahogany color, with a light tan head, with a low retention rate. Pretty nice lacing. Very smokey aroma, meaty, bacon and sausage, sweet malts, almost wine-like. Taste has bacon off the start, sweet malts drive it home. Caramel, nutty, the doppelbock comes in the end. Smooth mouthfeel, smokey, creamy, with a very nice carbonation level. Very nice drinkability with this one. It truly is rauchbier meets doppelbock. Delicious.