BeerandBlues2 (9728) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by Peregrinari. Pours clear tawny with an average, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted, nutty), light hops (earthy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates, toffee, cola, and cedar. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted, nutty), light hops (earthy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates, butterscotch and vegetables. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry finish.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with an amber and copper hue, thick head but it doesnt hang around long. Some light lacing is left on the glass but not much. The aroma is surprisingly complex and not at all what I’ve come to expect from doppelbocks. Loads of grains, yeast, dough, and fresh baked bread initially in the nose. This is followed surprisingly by the aroma of coffee and chocolate. As it sits, more traditional smells of deep dark fruits start to come out like raisins, plums, and dates. There is so much going on in the aroma here. Very interesting. The heavy grain character is on the palate with not much in the way of fruits. Some residual sweetness from the sugars makes the middle-taste fairly sweet. The finish is surprisingly dry and hoppy. It’s an interesting bseer and not one I would think of as a doppelbock.
argo0 (11555) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, thanks Peregrinari. Small beige head atop clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, raisin, light plum, milk chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, milk chocolate, caramel, some raisin. Sticky medium-full body.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sweet and fruity nose, lots of toffee and raisins. Taste is moderately sweet, modestly bitter, very astringent, some booze, prunes. Bleh.
Travlr (11976) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Looks like duplicate ratings for "Doppelrock" and "Dopplerock." Bottle says "el." Clear amber, off white edge head. Aroma of dirty caramel. Taste is butterscotch.
Dogbrick (8149) - 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 (7146) - 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 didn’t stand out in any regard, but it was an easy drinker.
fiver29 (1035) - 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 (3390) - 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 haven’t really had too many doppelbocks, and while this one definitely feels like a good entry into the category I’m just not hugely fond of it.