Frank (3846) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
If you keep an open mind about it, Gordon Biersch does a really good job of what they set out to do, at least if you are talking the beers for sale in the brewpubs. This is a dark and slightly cloudy brew w/ a very creamy and long-lasting head. It’s rich and malty, lightly chocolatey and full-flavored. It’s creamy but not at all heavy w/ an earthy bitterness to round things out in the finish. This is pretty much exactly what I look for in a big, malty beer.
DSG (11117) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[2/20/15] Draught at Gordon Biersch Mission Valley in San Diego. Dark amber-brown color. Aroma of malt, caramel and some alcohol. Sweet flavor, malty, caramelly, with some toastiness, a nutty note and an alcoholic note. Medium-bodied.
koleminer20 (1862) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at some bar in Louisville on December 27. Enjoyed while watching the Kentucky-Louisville game. The pour was a heavily carbonated dark brown color with that light beige head that falls down slowly. There is a lot of carbonation here, almost too much. The aroma is heavy on malt. There is a light funk before it moves through to come darker fruits. It’s a little nutty as well. Surprising for a dopplebock. The flavor is also pretty sweet. There is a little more spiciness happening here with some good malts and a little burnt toffee. The mouth feel is pretty thin. That carbonation should help, but it doesn’t, and it falls off the tongue. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet and roasty with a little funk happening as well. It was a strange one
Thisis12ptfont (1088) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of malt funk, odd caramel, cinnamon, carbonated dark malts, and sugary oats. Very dark auburn in color with fair carbonation. Taste is strongly carbonated cinnamon, maple sugar, sugared caramel, brown sugar and maple flavored malts. Overall, not bad. funky flavors with brown malts, cinnamon and sugar.
snoworsummer (4303) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Gordon Biersch Harbor East. Pours dark but brown with a fizzy bubbly beige head. Tastes like very roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and a hint of dark fruits. Medium body and low/medium carbonation. Smells like roasted malt, nutty, toffee, and burnt toast.
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Gordon Biersch San Jose. Dark amber pour with a small khaki head. A lot of grape, raisin, and caramel. Slight chocolate and prune. Good orange zest and some raisin. Pretty decent, but just kind of sweet. There’s a lot of sugar to this...brown sugar, caramel, and a ton of dark fruits. Some chocolate and a hint of citrus. A bit of booze and tartness on the finish. Kind of grassy in the finish.
davidm (2050) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 24, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
very nice beer. Spicy, with good balance, and long length. The best I tried from GB.
JaBier (6502) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mug at Gordon Biersch Arena District after the Blue Jackets game on 12/18/14. Dark red to brown in color with a thick tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel sweetness, toffee and light roast. Malty flavor with sweet caramel before a slightly roasty finish. Good stuff. Could use a bit more roast for my taste, but pretty good.
RobertDale (5100) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Strong Ale Festival 2014. Comes reddish brown with an average beige head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste is malt, dark fruit, and caramel. On the sweet side. Nice.
slowrunner77 (9225) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
possibly the best GB i’ve had...still not great, but it was fairly cheap, drinkable...had a pleasant malty flavor and was actually quite smooth (if a little thin)."