Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is great, great beer. It’s close to perfection. If you like smoked beers as I do then you will love this. The 10.2% ABV is not noticed at all in the flavor. Well done!
superspak (2611) - Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, light chocolate, raisin, fig, date, wood smoke, tobacco, nuttiness, and smoke/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/smoked malt and yeast fruitiness; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, light chocolate, raisin, fig, date, wood smoke, tobacco, nuttiness, and smoke/toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, light chocolate, nuttiness, raisin, fig, date, wood smoke, tobacco, and smoke/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt and yeast fruitiness; with zero cloying sweetness on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible smoked doppelbock! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/smoked malt and yeast fruitiness; and dangerously smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
BOSSbrewer (1642) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had at the Great Arkansas Beer Festival 2014. Pours a clear dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is malty and roasty with some toffee. A good bit of smoke also. Very well balanced. Nice beer.
DCLawyer (1429) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 Vintage. Bomber->lager. Dark amber with big frothy lite tan head. A: tons of malt, toffee, caramel, toast. T: caramel and toffee, some nuts and smoky malt. Some unfortunate metallic notes. Sweetness overpowers the smoke.
Niko100 (2009) - Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber/cider color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of smoky malt, toffee, molasses, & dark fruit; Flavor of smoky sweet malt, caramel, molasses/syrup, and rich stone fruit; Nicely balanced; The alcohol is well hidden; Better than expected - good stuff.
ryecatcher (790) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours a medium brownish, off-white head, decent retention and good lacing. Nose is malty with heavy dried fruits, hints of smoke, fall leaves. Mouth is malt forward, medium sweet, kinda watery body, smacks you with a big mouth full of raisins, dates, caramel and a pleasant amount of smoke. Finishes kinda weak though -- no way in hell this is 10.2%... if it is, that’s dangerous because it goes down like Kool-Aid.
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a rich dark reddish amber brown with a thin off-white head. Smokey malt aroma with caramel and a hint of toffee. Flavor was sweet and smokey with caramel, light raisin, dark fruit and a touch of toffee. just a little strong for my taste but a good solid brew
Steve_0 (2676) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewery. Pour isslightly hazy amber with a big tan head and great lacing. Caramelly, lightly smoky, bready, dark fruity, earthy, roasty, and doughy aroma. Taste is dark fruity, caramel, earthy, grassy, goopy, vanilla, and toffee. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Ok.
brokensail (10955) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 5, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap @ Ft. Collins. Copper pour with a creamy khaki head. Nose is grain, cherry syrup, and toast. Slight cola, some caramel, and raisin. Tastes like cherry juice and toast. Bread, caramel, cola, and raisin. Light booze, grain, and some hints of smoke on the finish.
gmellison (423) - Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at fcb. Aroma is a little spicy. Flavor is peaty and smoky. Taste lingers. Pretty ok
Hangover (1058) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - SEP 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful garnet color with a nice tan head. Aroma is malty with some smoke and caramel. Creamy mouthfeel, full bodied. Flavor is sticky sweet, coffee like with some smokiness. Lingering creamy, malty smokey finish. Some chocolate even comes through when warmed a bit. Not a hint of alcohol. Definitely a treat.