merc7186 (1465) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Brownish/Mildly Reddish Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head Ring, Mild Lacing
S: Sweet Bread, Plums, German Malts
T: Sweet Bread, German Malts
M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Boozy, Mildly Malty
Overall, an average double bock that lacks any real solid flavor of a typical dopple bock.
generallee08 (64) - New York, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a mug. The label has a nice description of the beer and lists the abv. (7.8%) and has a freshness date of "06/01/11".
Appearance: The body is very dark with deep reddish highlights and is capped by a tall light tan head. The head is slow fading and it slowly settles to a light ring of slick lace at the edge of the glass. Some lacing is left on the glass at the top.
Smell: Its aroma has sweet caramel and dark fruit notes with herbal/botanical hop notes. I also get a light boozy character and a slight hint of mineral.
Taste/Palate: There is a nice solid bready and doughy malty sweetness with notes of caramel and slight hints of fruit like dates, fig and plum. This is surrounded by a big warm booziness and backed up by earthy and herbal hops bitterness. I also pick up that slight mineral edge as well. The palate is smooth, almost creamy with a firm medium to full body and medium carbonation.
Notes: Overall I feel itís a well made and very tasty Doppelbock. Its only set back is the heavy alcoholic warmth and this will probably mellow just right with a little age.
EithCubes (4407) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh. Well. I guess I should have looked at the best before date (06/12/11 -- itís now 08/27/13). A Roger Wilco special! I promise, Great Lakes, I respect your product and will revisit this once the new batch is distributed to my state. But this oneís getting ticked! Sweet nose of dark toffee and caramel, sweet red berry, light dough, some spice, very inviting! Cloudy, murky dark brown with amber-red highlights and a short tan head. Taste very, very sweet but not cloying, light and deft bitterness but generally swept to the side, red berry with light spice and very good malt depth (all sorts of nice roast and faintly burnt notes in the deep bg). Faint fresh grass and low-level butterscotchy diacetyl, which I find to be a pleasant and positive rounding element here. Alcohol hidden as if it were not here, and semi-crisp medium-full body is just about right for style. This has held up amazingly well -- if it were drier, I would rank it among the best DBs in country, perhaps in the world!
TURDFERGUSON (3738) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a lightish brown with some mahogany overtones and a small off white head. Nose is malty and nutty and sweet. Similar flavor with a bittersweet finish. A tad boozy at the end, but a solid lager.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose of toasty brown bread light sweetness a little dark fruit and roast. Touch of hops. Pours dark brown auburn red hues. Thin off white head. Flavors of dark fruit toasted brown bread roast light bitterness. Really good balanced dopplebock. Very solid.
dlbeer (588) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown/maroon pour with yellow tan head. Smells of dark fruit. Tastes of dark fruit and slight bitter finish. Very good.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Gregis (1276) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of theisti. Pours a chestnut brown with a khaki two-finger head. The nose is of dark, almost burnt caramel and biscuits. Medium-bodied with soft, fine carbonation and a drying, mildly astringent finish. The flavor follows the aroma: round, malty and fairly dry, with a dry, slightly herbal finish. This is an interesting rendition on the style. Thanks again for the bottle, Tim.
ryecatcher (539) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Notes from April 2011... Looks like coke with a head on it... aromas of malt caramel and dried fruit. Malty with some caramel and slight chocolatey notes and medium bodied, some sourness, hint of that ABV. Nice.
NJBeerman013 (1042) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich coppery pour, pure white head. Caramel malts, fruity notes, nice hop zing.
emacgee (3740) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks jsquire. Rich amber pour with one finger of fizzy yellow head. bready nose with lots of malt and melanoidin, caramel, and toasted grain with fruity notes. Heavy grain and bread component, kind of singular @ that. Herbal and lightly fruity hop character. Nice enough but gets kind of cloying and one dimensional.