JoeMcPhee (8511) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Deep amber pour with a thin white head. The nose has a bit of soft sweet caramel and a touch of soft raisiny character. Sweet but not cloying. A nice light chocolate flavour and a fairly prominent hoppy spiciness as well. Warming and sweet.
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap @ blind tiger: not sweet enough for a bock, IMO. overattenuated maybe. Just dry and some astringency. Not getting chocolatey character from this one.
vtafro (3588) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Dark pour with some white head. Decent lager, some dark fruit, chocolate notes decent brew, warming to too extreme but noticeable.
walrussell (162) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious chocolatey dopplebock. Nice and malty, with a surprising amount of hops. I like the light flavor, a little light in body, though. Good. Bordering on refreshing.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at RNH. Pours a woody amber with a thin lasting head and nice lace. Aroma is big biscuit and toasted malts, sweet Munich and caramunich - earthy tones. Flavor is toasty, malty moderate sweet, some brown sugar, honey sweet, light fruity, big toast, caramel and big munich malts- clean smooth finish- well made. One of the best at the GI promo event.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Clyborn Brewpub. Very impressed with this offering from start to finish. The robust nutty molasses in the nose brought me in right away, and kept me intrigued. Also, some good red apples, melon, cherry, light mocha, almond cookie, and light earthy, grass hops to round out a highly appealing aroma. The appearance was a ruby brown color, medium body, with a nice frothy white head. Actually tasting this one was no let down either. Very bold, but not boozy at all, just keeps you thinking about the flavor throughout. Not overly sweet as well, just some quality notes of dark nutty german malted cookie malt, crisp mixed fruits, cherry, herbs, light chocolaty sugars, and earthy backing hops. I was definitely expecting such high quality here from GI with a dopplebock, but I didn’t mind the surprise. Very, very nice.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Pours a dark brune body with a thin off white head. Sweet candied malt tones, sweet esters, and a huge abundance of etoh warming. Chocolate and coco notes. Lightly bitter with a fruity and strong warming finish. Hot!
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum: Pours a rusty brownish amber with a light tan ring of head. Big clean malty aroma- toffeeish and toasted with a mild chocolaty presence. Slick body with a clean dark German malt firmness. Toffeeish, but not overly sweet with a touch of chocolaty like notes along with a light raisiny like presence. A bit sweet, but clean and cohesive with no presence of that 9% ABV.
JaBier (4964) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at Clybourn. Reddish amber pour with a medium beige head. Nose of caramel, strawberry and a bit of butteriness. Strong caramel flavor with not much else coming through before a finish that is creamy, yet surprisingly dry.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
20th Anniversary Release; Sampled March 2009
As I pour this beer it visually reveals a viscous heft and has an interesting cranberry aroma. An average pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber, full brown color that shows a clear, cranberry amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma is rich and malty, but leans towards raisin and berry aromatics at times. Spicy brown malt aromatics are joined by toasted whole-grain bread notes, richly caramelized malt aromatics that are not quite burnt, but certainly concentrated, though not cloying. The nose is quite nice and is in fact spot on for a Doppelbock; spicy, bready, dark fruit notes and rich smelling, just like a hearty Bock should be.
The beer has a spiciness to it up front, and it even has a light tartness to it. The flavor is a bit more roasted than the aroma would have suggested; it has a burnt acidity, it gets a touch acrid at times and has some charred malt notes that linger on the palate. This is not roasted like a stout, though it is in the Porter realm of roast flavors. The carbonation adds a fizziness and accentuates the tartness that lingers in this beer. This almost tastes lactic at times, which seems to accentuate a tart raisin-like notes and perhaps even a hint of tamarind. Some warming alcohol contributes a warming quality and a spiciness to the finish.<P>
When served cooler, the tartness is tamed a bit more, which allows the rich, toasty malt character to come out a bit more. Browned malt character, rich toasted brown bread, and a light malt sweetness are also a bit more noticeable. This is not overly heavy, but it is certainly a sipping brew (especially when you consider the complexity).
This is thoroughly enjoyable, but I find myself dwelling a bit on the tartness here; it seems like it might be more than just dark grain and poor mash PH control, but it is not so tart that I can definitively say it is an infection. This is tasty though, in fact, with this flavor profile and if it had a substantial wheat character, it would make a really nice Weizen-Bock. In the end this is stylistically a bit off, but it is still quite tasty.