superspak (3006) - Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red/copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, apple, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and solid balance of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. A bit too much fruity/ester notes in the aromas. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, light chocolate, plum, fig, herbal, and yeast /toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, plum, fig, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice doppelbock style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
PorterPounder (5831) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 500 ml flip-top bottle. Pours a murky dark orange to brown with a quickly fading bubbly off-white head. Aroma has some bubble gum accents, a touch of booze and a hint of yeast. Chewy flavor with some molasses, dates, bubble gum and some raisin bread. Mouthfeel is thick enough, Pretty solid tasting, just lacking in some other respects. Good winter warmer.
nuplastikk (4852) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Kind of odd amber-orange color. Soda like fast dissipating head. Deep burnt caramel, not very appealing. I get the feeling they make crap one-offs just to sell to the US. Sweet, has some malt depth, but just doesn’t come off as natural to me, sort of a factory feel, thinnish in ways you’d hope it wasn’t. Suppose this one wasn’t that shelf stable. Not that impressive of an offering, but I still enjoy the style, so it works for me on some levels.
Nsanders (616) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL swingtop. Hazy light brown with a thin white head. Banana, clove, malts and honey. Taste is sweet and dry. Lighter body with a light sticky feel.
commonshawn (485) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber with white head. Sugar malt nose with dark and spice. Strong aroma. Malt, dark fruit elements, full body and malty. Bourbon feel. Nutty, sweet malt with slight yeast. Nice finish but maybe too much malt at the end. Does animate my taste buds.
S_Side_Smitty (530) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy amber-brown with a thick white head. Aroma is molasses, malted grains and a hint of clove. Taste is definitely malty with the grains and molasses; very silky and smooth and the clove is there in the mid. I swear I’m getting some hoppy bitterness in the finish (got another opinion - definitely hops). Overall, a pretty good dopplebock done American style.
wxman (1505) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2014 Pours a clear amber/orange with a full light tan/yellow head. Grassy wet cardboard aroma. Taste is sweet caramel malt, buttered biscuits (which is good), but also has a funky vegetal taste consistant with an old or tainted beer. This sample has a freshness date of 06/15, but may have been exposed to prolonged warm temperature and/or light.
arkurzynski (1634) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown. Nose of deep toasted malt and dark fruit. Flavor is mild plum and raisin with toasted, near roasted malt. Carb prickly, almost too much.
OldMrCrow (2033) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Number 4 in our doppelbock blind tasting. Pours a light orange-brown. Very low carbonation, sweet but well balanced. Gentle caramel flavors. Not bad.
csaso (1535) - Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - big foamy head, dark Amber color, very sweet malty aroma and flavor, some fruity like esters, mild hop balance, fair warming alcohol notes, pretty good overall
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