keanex (1789) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
No bottling information.
Appearance: The body has some chill haze, but is somewhat clear with a darker amber hue to it, thereís a dense tan head that has decent retention and leaves lots of lacing as it dissipates to a nice coating. This is darker than I expected from the name though.
Aroma: The nose has some tasted malts, hints of toffee, caramel and a floral hop presence.
Taste: The intro is of caramel and hints of toffee but the finish is a bit sharp of floral hops and toasted malts. Not bad, but whereís the fruity notes?
Palate: Medium and full-bodied with no carbonation on the tongue.
Overall: This is a really mediocre dopplebock in every way. I donít recommend this, itís not even a good value if youíre looking for a cheap buzz.
odinstyr (745) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear orange with a hint of red, with a minimal white head. Smells of bread, whole grains, a bit of rye or pumpernickel, caramel. Taste is sweet and mildly bitter, honey, whole wheat bread, mild hops.
ben4321 (5780) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Oak Tree, 12/1/12
Aroma: The nose has some caramel/toffee, bready malts, sugar, and a fruity hop presence too
Appearance: It pours a murky looking copper/orange color with an off-white head and medium lace
Flavor: Tastes fairly sweet, malty and kind of sugary, and finally, it has a later fruity hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, it feels a little sticky and a bit muddled, with dry finish and a little heat
Pale doppelbock you say? I donít know what Iíd call it, but it wouldnít be that. Maybe an American Strong? Yes, American Strong, that seems right. Anyhow, this one has some interesting components, and something about it does work, but at the same time it doesnít quite all come together, so Iím mixed. Considering all that, this score seems about right...
mcberko (14665) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a clear amber with a small white head. Nose is quite fruity and nutty, with toasted almonds, various pitted fruits, and some toffee. Flavour brings out dark pitted fruits above all, toffee, some feint toasted nuts, some caramel sweetness, but also some hops to cut this down and provide an element of bitterness. Fairly full-bodied, with a pleasant mesh of flavours, with the pitted fruits characterizing this. Very solid stuff - enjoyable.
bhensonb (14170) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Made in Oregon. Pours dark copper with a creamy beige head. Aroma seems rather toffee. Med + body. Flavor is fairly sweet caramel. Hints of hop bitter, but this stuff is finishing somewhat on the sweet side. Fair for the style. Certainly thereís hop bitter after all the sugar leaks away. There is no trace of heat. Nice that. With some time Iím thinking itís finishing towards bitter. Seems ..... Complex isnít it, but itís pretty entertaining stuff.
Ernest (7362) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot), with notes of bubble gum, butter, candy sugar.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Well, it certainly isnít pale. And it doesnít behave like a Doppelbock. From a blind tasting point of view, this is totally an American strong ale or barleywine, but not even respectable in that light. Bubble gum and diacetyl and tons of sugar-and-caramel. Syrupy sweet with almost nothing to balance. Full Sail must be fans of The Bruery. Pretty much undrinkable, and definitely unenjoyable.
drjay44 (3437) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, ivory head, with some lacing, over a clear dark amber (SRM 17) body....nose is heavy malts, with light raisin, fig, plum, treacle....taste is treacle, raisin, plum, date, sweet until a slightly dry mildly bitter finish....mouth feel medium, slightly sticky, alcohol warmth present, carbonation low. This meets the style quite well. It is paler than many and appropriately lacks the cocoa, chocolate, coffee tones found in the darker versions. There is nice malt complexity with minimal hop presence. It is slightly bitter on the finish, and there are some lite off tones at the very end. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 22oz. bottle. Deep copper in color with an almost molasses taste to it. Overall pleasing beer.
SPDickerman (1192) - Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours slightly oily copper with a large off-white yellowish head. Smells AND tastes like an IPA gone bad. I canít say Iím too fond of this one, but Iím not dumping it.
phaleslu (9425) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from the brewery. Pours a clear amber with a medium-sized off-white head. The aroma was all right- chocolate and biscuit malts, nuts, earth. The flavor brought those out more, with some caramel and molasses in the mix. Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a toasty mouthfeel. Solid beer. Interesting choice for an anniversary beer.