travita (4748) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at RDU airport. The look is clear but colorful. Amber to red to brown in color. Small beige head. The smell is fruity esters, banana, yeasty, caramel, brown sugar, and raisans. The taste is sugary, dark dried fruit, toffee, burnt sugars. Touch sweet.
Sammy (10660) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2016 Walden galleria. Derek brews a kickarse major league wbock. Lacy, malty, dark, smooth mouthfeel.
OnTheTrail (286) - Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Navy Yard GB. Pours dark copper, thin tan head. Aroma is biscuity malt. Taste is sweet malt and some,spicy hops. Inoffensive, pleasant.
RafeAU (629) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 28, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in LA. Strong malt character and big sherry-like plummy flavour, without being boozy like so many doppelbocks are. Very drinkable. A nice easy drinking doppelbock.
Panzuriel (1722) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On Tap at Gordon Biersch in Columbus OH. Gordon Biersch Winter Bock is a darker red brown clear beer with an inch of fluffy tan foam. Nose is caramel, brown sugar, and toasted malt. Taste is initially a bit sweet playing well with the brown sugar notes that persist. Medium malt body with very light herbal hops. a nice winter warmer to be sure.
asheft (2895) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[on tap at Gordon Biersch, DTW airport]
Aroma is nutty, biscuity malt with low noble hops in the background. Clear chestnut appearance under a persistent tawny, off-white sheet. Sweet, complex cereal grain malt flavour that quickly dries out and becomes a bit ethanolic. Moderate bitterness. Medium body, slightly warming, smooth start and crisp finish. Medium carbonation.
kevinator (1820) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty traditional offering. Faint sweet malt aroma with a hint of burnt sugar and wood. Nice dark brown color with a sustainable head. Weighty. Flavors match the aroma with a slight smokiness.
katrinaez (1092) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ok for a standard bock. Aroma is low. Residual sugars are nice. Not thick enough. Color is dark reddish brown. Translucent. Nothing to write home about. Detroit airport. Tap
GoufCustom (1435) - HONG KONG - OCT 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle bought at The Q-Club in SoHo, Central.
Looks: Clear deep Cola ruby-brown colour; Less than one-quarter finger head with residual soapy light beige foam which fades in 10 seconds; Small sticky lacing with zero carbonation.
Aroma: Fragrant and sweet dark malt, with very strong caramel, strong toffee, very strong plums, raisins, light mustiness, sugar, light chocolate, lemon and light grass.
Taste: Medium sweet dark malt, with very light roastyness, strong caramel, toffee, moderate dark fruits, brown sugar, light dark bread, strong lemon, strong bitter hops and sharp grass.
Body: Medium body. Quite slick palate.
Mouth Feel: Good dark maltyness in a pretty smooth background. Moderate roastyness much like a Dunkler bock. Caramel, toffee and dark fruits are not as strong as the aroma. Light breadyness, good brown sugar sweetness to mix well with strong lemony hops. Simple but pretty good!
Hoppiness: Notable lemon and light grass in nose, and much stronger and impressive in taste. Bitterness is head-strong for a lasting, high astringent sweet-bitter finish.
After Taste: Quite dry. Malty and bitter to mouth.
Comments: This one feels more like a Dunkler Bock with strong roast maltyness, very good caramel aroma, subtle brown sugar taste and unexpectedly strong hoppy finish. A twist to the usual German Doppelbock style, with good effect. Nice!
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the brewpub in Leawood. Aroma of sweet, darkly toasted malt, toffee, faint licorice and cellar must(?), some slight hazelnut in the background. Clear deep, dark red-brown in color, very slight head. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, more toffee, toast and licorice with a tingly finish, plenty of dark malts and faint raisin here at the end, as well. Body is medium, mouthfeel is tingly and low in effervescence. Interesting, some traces of the alcohol here, though, which is unusual for the style and for only being moderately strong at 7.5% abv.