bhensonb (10340) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark ruby tinged amber color with a medium beige head. Sweet malty smell. Medium body with mild carbonation. Flavor is nicely smooth brown caramelly malt with some nutty or nutmeg kind of flavor. It’s fairly well balanced - a bit grassy/tart showing up after awhile. Not really bitter, but somewhat astringent. It drinks really well. Simple, clean and tasty.
luttonm (2069) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle in Seattle. Dark-smoky look, pretty. Sweet taste with sticky malts on the tongue. Creamy, lingering head. Rather mild taste, especially compared to the true german doppels. Alright, but not what I’d seek out if I wanted something in this style.
timfoolery (1123) - California, USA - SEP 26, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Definitely loved the Oktoberfest maltiness of this brew. There was a nutty and caramelly flavor to it. Very rich and full in flavor. I loved it.
DYCSoccer17 (3226) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at BevMo in Natomas, CA. Has a good deal of nuttiness with a bit of smoked malts in there as well. A little metallic and a little sweet, too. Fair aroma. Transparent dark amber color with a reddish hue present. A nice, strong off-white head is there with attractive lacing. Wow, this is pretty sweet and a bit acidic at the same time. Some light roastiness in the middle, but a lot of underlying sugars present. Not much roastiness and this is pretty thin, too. Seems underattenuated. Straight-forward...not much happening in this beer.
LtDan (1740) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red, not much head is what I said!
Bread crust, dark bread, dry malts, almost no hops. As it warmed up, you could taste a small profile of fruit. Great ABV, great looking bottle. I would put it up against Troegenator any day!
hayduke (3159) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22 oz bottle purchased from the North Coast Coop in Eureka, CA this poured a dark copper brown color with a big tan head that lasted a while and left good lacing. Nose is a very distinct rich dark caramel malts with some ripe fruit and faint hops. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Flavor is of sweet caramel malts with a touch of chocolate. Finish is very smooth and there is again just a hint of spices and hops. Overall a very enjoyable brew.
raphael (838) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aromas of caramel, saaz hp and melba toast. clear reddish brown, no head. A melony taste with caramel, rich malt presence kept from cloying by invisible hops.
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured dark amber with thick white head. Sweet malt aroma with notes of caramel. Sweet malty flavour with sugar tones. Caramel malt finish with a tiny bit of hop.
spikester (602) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown-amber, large tan head and fairamount of lacings. Dark roast malts, minor citrus-orange hops, some oak, burnt caramel. Alcohol is up front. A bitter / sour finish. Unusual beer.
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled 9/18/2008. This dopplebock pours a dark brown color from a 22oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head, with nice retention. The aroma is caramel, dark fruit and some chocolate. A medium bodied dopplebock. The malts are caramel and chocolaty. The hops are earthy and a touch floral. Nice balance. Not as sweet as most dopplebock, more of a semi-sweet to bitter chocolate flavors. Nice balance. Decent carbonation. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.