Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Winking Lizard in Columbus, and later a bottle shared by JaBier. Pours a reddish-brown color with a medium foamy off-white head that recedes slowly. Sticky partial rings of lacing. Aroma dark fruit, roasted malt and chocolate. Medium body with flavors of figs, dark fruit, caramel malt and chocolate. The finish is fruity with a lingering malty aftertaste. Pretty solid all around.
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured medium ruddy brown with a nice cap of tight-bubbled beige head. The aroma picked up toasted molasses and a little maple with hefty accents from earthy hops.. a touch of coffee right at the back of the nose.. well-balanced. The flavor found slightly sweeter caramel, molasses, and maple at the core, with dusty, scratchy earth bitterness around.. hints of pine resin too.. more maple on the finish. Medium-bodied at the very most on the palate, with a dry overall feel.. hoppy for a doppelbock.. this didnít stand out in any regard, but it was an easy drinker.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours murky dark brown color with off white head. Aroma is pretty complex for this style. A touch of coffee, hazelnut, and malt. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is more hazelnut, coffee, brown sugar, and finishes semi sweet. A really nice surprise.
HonkeyBra (2848) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Deep, rich, reddish dark brown. Swirly tan head. Aroma of hazelnut, chocolate, caramel and toffee. Flavor is nutty, chocolatey, nice and dry. Almost a peanut butter like flavor. Full bodied. Nice carbonation. Finishes dry and nutty. Pretty great Doppelbock from Great Lakes. Very nice.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep caramel, a medium rocky head that fades to moderate lacing. Pretty active carbonation, with aroma of biscuit, caramel, with hints of dark fruit and mild hops. Medium body, starting out on the palate with chocolate and fruity notes and finishing very bready. As a style, I havenít really had too many doppelbocks, and while this one definitely feels like a good entry into the category Iím just not hugely fond of it.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a thinner reddish near clear brown with a fizzy head. Aroma is a bit fruity, some bitter roast and tootsie roll chocolate, doesnít smell super sticky sweet, nice hopping. Flavor follows but is a bit harsh on the bitter roast, coffee like at first, lesser tootsie roll chocolate, clean esters, light bit of banana and raisin, kiss of alcohol on the finish, not sticky or too sweet thankfully. Body is clean and very drinkable, on the thinner side but quite good, could use a little more body but the lack of stickiness is appreciated.
bluejacket74 (1125) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle, best by 6/1/2011. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention is good, with a lot of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like toffee, caramel malt, dark fruit (figs), and a bit of brown sugar. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, just full of malty goodness. Thereís also a nutty taste noticable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is great, itís very smooth and enjoyable. This is a good brew, and a nice addition to Great Lakes bottled lineup. Iíd definitely buy this again.
Tmoney99 (9580) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler sample shared by shigadeyo. Poured clear ruby brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. This is a good simple beer.
shigadeyo (2917) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2011
2/23/2011: †Great Lakes Dopple Rock... †Aroma: Roasted malts and hints of coffee. Appearance: †The beer is the color of caramelized sugar (like deep ruby-amber) with a frothy beige crown; this beer looks really pretty. †Flavor: †Toasted grains; malt syrup; moderate, muted sweetness; very mild bitterness with some citrus, spicy hops hidden in the background. Palate: †Body is medium weight; smooth texture; weak carbonation. †Overall: †Good, but nothing to get overly excited about; the alcohol is well-hidden.
Growler fill from Party Town in Florence, KY. †Rating #1 for this beer.
CheezCheers (1) - Chicago, USA - NOV 24, 2010 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted this beer at a special preview tapping Monday at Fountainhead in Chicago. Like most of the offerings from Great Lakes, the Doppelrock sticks dead on to the style parameters. Virtually no hop aroma--just rich dark fruit and chocolate on the nose. Clean as can be on the palate, and again, itís all about the malt: sweet, but not cloying, bready and chocolatey but not roasted. Just a hint of bitterness on the finish.
The big ABV falls right in the style guidelines too, and it hides behind the clean malt flavor. You get a suggestion of alcohol but no heat, with a nice medium body, again, as prescribed. Excellent beer! Releases in February as a new winter seasonal.