Scipio (837) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown with a medium tan head. The aroma is rather complex. I find caramel, raisin, chocolate, apple, coffee, and roasted malts. There is a lot going on here. The taste leans more to the malty side of things, while still retaining some fruity elements. Up front I get caramel, coffee, and licorice. This continues with these elements into raisin and chocolate. It has some tartness in here, and is a little bit bitter. The aftertaste is coffee and chocolate and is pretty strong. Full bodied with a more thick texture. Although this isn’t my favorite style, I must say that this is a very well made and complicated beer. Its good, and I’m sure that others will enjoy this more than I did. I just feel that there is a bit to much going on here for me to really appreciate what its offering.
pictoman (938) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle (February release). Dark brown with tan head. Light caramel malt, very mild chocolate, hint of mild nuts.
stevoj (4018) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 8, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Albertsons. Seems light on the pour, lots of carbonation, frothy head with sticky lacing. Roast malts on the nose, and then gets deeper in taste. Mefium weight body adds to the experience, it all feels right. Not quite Celebrator, but not too far away either.
euniceradio (453) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2016
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Pours black with brown sticky head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, toffee, roasted malts, and nut. Taste of same with deep malt bill. Mouthfeel is heavy oily. Drinks like a porter.
drpimento (3179) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yum, killer beer. Very Malty, smooth lots of toffee, hint of molasses, easy to drink. Love to try again.
JStax (5469) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample. The beer is a darker brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has notes of brown sugar and root beer. The taste is similarly sweet. Bigger body and medium carbonation.
yjmr (14) - seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2016
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice sweet aroma and smokey flavor. Hides alcohol well. Drinkable for an 8% beer.
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2016
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 Vintage finally opened on 2/19/2016, on the week of Double Vision’s annual release date by Grand Teton. Bottle conditioned, gold-foil labeled 1.0 Liter swing-top bottle. This is the brew chosen to celebrate my 1,000th tasting review on Ratebeer.com. ...and a terrific choice at that! Only wish I had some mates here to share it with. Oh well, all for me will have to work. Notes: mild pop upon opening stirs concern that this might be past it’s prime. A dimpled mug receives a silky smooth, cola brown pour with nil head. The nose and first taste... a surprise, a success. This is a great Doppelbock! All the aforementioned characteristics are still present seven years on. Bright, strong malty nose of caramel; hay and cereal galore as if there are lambs present; along with some mild spices. It’s as if I’m tasting this in the middle of a farm. The flavor is very malt-forward as well. Medium sweet and a little bitter roast. Burnt caramel attack that never ends. Full body, thick-sticky texture, mild carbonation and a long mildly roasted finish. Almost a pity I opened this without an audience. Dynamite Dopple!!
DCLawyer (2786) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog from the Brony Bottle Share at Travlr’s. Medium brown with small offwhite head. Malt, coffee, raisins, toffee. Decent.
JohnGalt1 (1672) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1" tan head... the head has a definite gold color to it.. the brew is daaark for a dopplebock.. very dark brown but when held to the nearest bulb, it reveals a crystal clear deep ruby color... very pretty..
Nose is thick and very full of heavy malts... not sweet smelling.. just very malty.. sorta a plummy fruitiness... wow.. you don’t get this much in doppelbocks (in a good way).. I would expect a long boil or decoction made this one as aromatic as it is.
Flavor is very complex for a doppelbock... a bunch of stuff going on here.. thick maltiness... some slight chocolate... is this what melanoidins taste like???? sorta a pruney frutiness with a bunch of malty sweeness.. but it still seems very drinkable despite the great body and slightly light carbonation.. the only thing that I can complain about is that it may be a tad sticky... but overall, I am damn impressed with this one... very very smooth.. and the complex malt characteristics come in waves as it warms up.. this may be the best example of an American dopplebock that I’ve ever had.
luttonm (4728) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Brony Tasting, DC. Dark brown, clean clear light roast coffee, chocolate milk. Spicy dark malt. Lots of chocolate. Dark foam. Quite nice.