Great Lakes Instigator Doppelbock
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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Deep Mahogany color, with rich roasted malts

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13602) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2005
Tasted at the MRAF in Columbus. Poured a dark brown with foamy off-white head. Aroma was a complex blend of malt, small hop and fruit tone. Flavor was as complex with a full bodied malt, coffee and a low hop finish. Complex flavor and texture did not allow a alcohol or bitter bite. Very good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11607) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2006 Cask version at Barley’s 4th Annual Mini RAF (05/13/06): Another year, another good Doppelbock from GLBC. Dark honey color with a thin light beige head that retains pretty well. Thin spotty lacing. Malty, nutty aroma with some dark fruit. Medium-bodied with a hoppy and nutty character, along with a good malt backbone. Some caramel and coffee in the background as well. The finish is sweet and malty. Enjoyable.

Cask version at Barley’s 3rd Annual Mini RAF (04/16/05): GLBC definitely came to play at this event. Dark honey color with a miniscule and foamy beige head. Aroma of malt and dark fruit. Medium body with a hoppy punch at first that rounds out quickly. Catching up with the initial hops blast are coffee, nut and malt flavors. The finish is lightly bitter and dry. A little more sweetness would help this beer, but overall there isn’t much to complain about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (3609) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2011
2nd beer of the night an what a big step up. Deep brown with hints of red, kind of clear. Aroma is sweet malts, fruity. Flavor is sweet and full of chocolate with very light hints of roast. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2964) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 24, 2011
On tap at McGregors. Fruity/sour nose. Appearance is outstanding - light orange/copper/brown, thick head, sudsy. Esthers evident. Smooth, nutty, boozy (slightly noticeable in the palate), good malt character, toffee also present. Not as much of the dry fruit bomb effect as I am used to for this style, unique but good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Firkin at MRAF at Barley’s Smokehouse in Columbus Ohio - Poured copper with a creamy tan head that faded pretty quick. Aroma is mostly caramel, but some notes of raisin as well. Flavor is nice malty caramel, sweet raisin, and light roasted notes. Palate was malty and medium bodied. Somewhat watery on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2005
Even at almost 8%, this is a very easy to drink doppel. Deep brown with hints of red, kind of clear. Aroma is sweet malts, fruity. Flavor is sweet and full of chocolate with very light hints of roast and smoke. Not overly thick, and kind of dry at the finish - these factors keep it from being too sweet overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (2231) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - NOV 2, 2013
Draught. This is a doppel that failed to do it for me. Had this in Columbus and expected more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
freekyp (1944) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Pours a reddish-brown with a thick sticky off white head. Lots of lacing. Deep malty caramel aroma and whiskey. Chewy thick malty body. Ends with a long earthy bitterness. Reminds me of Southern Comfort. Heavy handed and somewhat clumsy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Bottled under the name "dopplerock" but I’m pretty sure it’s the same.. Pour is very muddy deep brown with lots of malt certainly not my cup o tea but it is worth drinking on a cooler evening in Cleveland

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1462) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Bottle from Marco - thanks! Pours a dark but clear caramel brown with an initially solid tan head that fades out to a foam slick. Aroma is dominated by toffee, caramel, and lightly roasted malt in the background. Taste is lightly roasted malt up front followed by extremely sweet malt, raisin, toffee, and a tinge of alcohol into the finish. Mouthfeel is even and coating. Nice enough beer but it strikes me more as an imperialized brown than a doppelbock but what do I know.

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