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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Deep Mahogany color, with rich roasted malts


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7585) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2145) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2005
From the brewery a Pub exclusive: Deep Mahogany color, rich roasted malts, great malty flavor to it, couldn’t even taste the alcohol one bit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10405) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 16, 2005
MRAF ’05. Pours ruby/brown with almost no head from the firkin. Aroma is plum like. Taste is smooth, fruity, and a little watery. 8% is hidden extremely well, very drinkable stuff. Sweet on the finish. Good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cliff (399) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2006
had on tap, pours a murky dark brown, almost black with a thin off white head. not much aroma, a little malt and sweetness. excellent flavor, rich toasty, yet very smooth. good mouthfeel that coats the tongue with a dry semi-sweet finish. very good doppelbock.

3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2441) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1334) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 9, 2005
Ruddy mahogany color. Mildy sweet malty aroma, never overwhelming, with hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Fruity flavors that are lightly sweet but never cloy. Just a touch of alcohol on the finish. Only real knocks are that it’s just a bit watery and a little bit boozy on the finish.


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