omhper (19337) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Popeye, Tokyo. Dark mahogany colour, small head. Estery roasty oily nose with caramel dominating later on. Rather sweet, medium to full bodied with rounded, dense mouthfeel. Fairly low bitterness. Good, but not the best offering from Fujizakura.
fiulijn (14403) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of Per
Dark brown color; medium sized head, with little retention. The aroma is mild, with Munich malt. Reasonable body strength; caramel and mildly roasted malts flavor, some chocolate in the finish; light oxidisation; correct bitterness. It has a good caramel and malt imprint. Not bad.
Theis (13375) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Craft Heads, Shibuya. Clear dark brown - white head. Roasted. Dry roasted. Bread notes. Ok bitterness. Chocolate. Nice malty. Light hoppy.
Sammy (8582) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mondial 2009. Dark colour with beige head, stouty looking. Lacey.Neutral aroma. Was getting more malt than anything else, including of course chocolate malt.
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Chocolate and Munich malts galore form the base of this healthy cereal celebration, also developing toasted bread and caramel-coated raisins for this most satisfying Doppelbock.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the dark brown with mahogany edges.
-Carbonation is rather soft and the body quite full, making for a nourishing mouthfeel.
-The underlying fruitiness is also redolent of dried cherries.
-Malts in a Fujizakura beer are always beautifully expressed, it seems.
From the bottle at the Mondial de la Bière.
jercraigs (7790) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009-06-05. Very dark brown body is near black, modest beige head has a bit of lace. Aroma is mild but pleasant, moderate malts are a touch muted. Flavour is similar, with a sweet malty core, drier notes of malt in the finish is the lasting impression. (7+) Average plus palate. (3+) Simple but very enjoyable. Bottle at Mondial 2009, Montreal
Radek Kliber (6425) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Mondial de la Bière
Appearance: dark brown with neat ruby light shine, creamy top, good lace shown.
Nose: sweet malts with roasted character, chocolate , dark molasses.
Flavor/Palate : medium bodied with some carbonation. Brown malts , caramel and bit of alcohol. Thinner finish. Woody top. Good bock.
KyotoLefty (6358) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Barley in Nishinomiya, March 2008.
Rich and rather complex bock. Black, rather fragrant, with well-roasted malt similar to a stout. Rather sweet with caramel, raisins, and chocolate, but with coffee too. Nice, but more roasted than a bock really should be. Nice enough, though.
larsga (6185) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium light tan creamy head. Dark red barely translucent body. Light licorice aroma. Sweet taste of plum, prunes, and licorice. Dry throughout. Mild, yet the alcohol is noticeable. Dry licorice aftertaste. Very nice. (0.25l draft.)
Glouglouburp (6010) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A typical by-the-book sweet Doppelbock. Good brew even if unexceptional.
How: From the bottle at Montreal Mondial de la Bière 2009
The look: Dark brown body topped by a small beige head
In long: A whole lot of cereals swimming in sticky toffee. Toasted bread crust with caramel. A little roasted nuts notes and a slight earthy sensation. Sweetness level is somewhere between moderate and high, a little too sweet for me but that often happens with the style. Minimal hops presence. I like my doppelbocks a little less sweet but this is a standard representation of the style that will please all doppelbock fans. A good brew from the land of the rising sun, a few minutes a day, if you are looking in the right direction at the right time.