Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle in an English pint glass. The beer pours a deep brown color, with a low to moderate off-white head. The nose shows characters vaguely reminiscent of an aggressive American brown ale, rather than the smooth raisiny, caramelly notes of a doppelbock. Chocolate malt, a slightly harsh hop note. The palate continues this seeming foray into beer hybridism. Again, a slightly harsh bittering note, a greater-than-expect note level of chocolate malt, and a general feel that is more rustic and rough hewn than lagered to perfection. Carbonation and mouthfeel are fine. Overall, not quite up to the quality that one has learned to expect from one of the U.S.’s great large regional breweries. Perhaps it will soften a bit with time.
JMerritt (1871) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Brown with milano red highlights and a gigantic, fluffy tan head that is long lasting. Lots of toffee and caramel in the aroma atop toasted biscuits, light-to-moderate alcohol and lightly roasty coffee. Flavor has a bit more roast (coffee bean) and nutty pecans, and the alcohol is noticeable, but not extremely so. Residual brown sugar sweetness in the finish is soft and bordering on molasses in richness. As it warms, plums, dates and raisin flavors really pop in the midst of the flavor profile. Carbonation is soft and mellow. Very nice. Another big thanks to Narnad for the bottle.
slowrunner77 (6761) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"this will not be my highest rated GL beer, but may speak the loudest of how good this brewer is. why, you ask? this beer was ordered on-line in September. Unfortunately, the ass-clowns at France44 like to sell expired beer. After having an expired Commodore Perry, which was ok, but had faded quite a bit, an obviously old but undated Surly Furious, we had this...expired as of 6/12/11!! WTF?! (10/11) Surprisingly enough, it smelled incredible. Similar malt profile and aroma to Great Divide Hibernation, my favorite winter beer. The only ill effects were in the feel (overcarbonated, but still nice n rich) and a very slight off aftertaste. But this beer is still quite good. Me thinks it would be one of the best in style around a few months fresher. I’ll make it a point to track one down."
zach8270 (3802) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark copper pour with a thin head. Big malty aroma with lots of dark fruits and raisins. Flavor is thick, sticky, sweet and malty. Lots of caramel, toffee and dark fruit hints. A bit tangy on the aftertaste.
rollsrace (65) - - AUG 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color. It’s like a Sam adams Boston lager ramped up a few notches with a bit of a Killian taste
Darkmagus82 (1958) - - JUN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-26-12 -
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a reddish-brown color with a billowing tan head. The head had big carbonation bubbles entrapped within and eventually faded to give a nice level of lacing.
Smell – The sweet is heavy of dark bread. Roasted malt with a good helping of sweeter molasses and some light dark fruit aromas of prune are all in the mix creating a nice aroma overall.
Taste – A big bready flavor meets the tongue. It starts out more mild in roast flavors and instead had a good level of brown sugar sweetness. The brown sugar became more molasses as the taste advanced with some notes of dark fruit entering the taste. Overall the sweetness is rather lighter then at the beginning and at the same time the bread flavor takes on a heavier roast taste as well. These flavors transitioned very smoothly and in the end, when mixed with a lighter alcohol flavor, left a very satisfying, slightly warming, feeling on the tongue. Fantastic!!!
Mouthfeel –The body is slightly chewy with a very low level of carbonation. These two characteristics allow the flavors to sit on the tongue and allow that wonderful aftertaste to linger.
Overall – One tasty brew. It has great flavors, a wonderful smell and feel and gives you the perfect warming feeling, making it one to sit back, sip and enjoy.
crossovert (8911) - Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Old tick, thick and sweet brew, not among the best doppelbock but good for the US.
merc7186 (2488) - 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 (739) - 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 it’s 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 (5208) - 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 -- it’s 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 one’s 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 (4010) - Durham, 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.