8balls (12) - Winston-Salem, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a real good brew with a flavor that’s unfamiliar (thank goodness).It doesn’t taste like a beer that I’ve had previously, but it still maintains that doppelbock style. There is a sweetness to it that’s not overbearing, but it’s definitely prevalent. I can see how this flavor may not be for everyone, but it certainly works for me. It’s very smooth, and the notes become louder as it acclimates to room temp. I’m real impressed at the woods used in the aging process (always refreshing to have something different than oak), and I believe it really helps in the development of the flavor. Even though this is a beer that hangs its hat on the wood aspect, I don’t think it tastes woody (hmm, right word-??). I missed Plank I, but I’m looking forward to Plank III after enjoying this one.
BiiruBierBeer (246) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really nice malty cramelly doppelbock smell. Pretty nice doppelbock taste although there is a minerally note to it. Medium carbonation with very slight foam.
daknole (9466) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour, light brown head. Dates, figs, fruitcake, woody notes, toasted bread, dark honey. Pretty good.
snoworsummer (2488) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally drinking my 2012 bottle. Pours dark brown with copper tones and a thin, fizzy off white head. Tastes like dry raisin, earth, booze, nutty, a little earthy, and very malty. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like malt, raisin, booze, and dry tobacco.
hotstuff (4284) - Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog rating on 10-29-2012 (Bottle) This beer has a small smooth tan head that has a long retention, transparent reddish brown hue, fast rising carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is malt, chocolate, wood, semi-sweet, and rich. The flavor is malt, caramel, chocolate, semi-sweet, and a hint of wood. The mouthfeel is light carbonation and this beer is light-medium bodied. Overall, this beer is very quaffable, the malt is upfront and is worth trying.
Headbanger (3388) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle 4/30/14 (Crown Liquors #15)-41° in Mug-Pours a dark brown with a HUGE tan head. Not sure if infected or what. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, and toffee. Taste of the same. This brew is actually well balanced and quite smooth.
AirForceHops (3526) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Hampton Falls Village Market. Damn near black in color with a whisper of head. Nose is light notes of roasted grain and coffee. Flavor is hints of coffee, lager yeast, molasses and very weak subtle wood flavors. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy without any notes of alcohol tones. A slight herbal notes. Really easy to drink and pretty well crafted. If you have a bottled in the cellar, you may want to drink now, something is telling me it’s starting to fall off.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown, like liquid treacle, under a soft woodsy head which fades into a broken bubbly layer that clings desperately to the sides of my glass. Swirls with not lace.
Burnt generic sugars along with maple and treacle. Singed woods, rustic. The bitterest purest dark cacao. Black strap molasses and black root. Nutty bitter apple seeds. Charcoal and cinders in the back.
Medium weight and clean mouthfeel carries the flavors smoothly across the tastebuds. Burnt sugars are the glue that hold everything together – treacle and maple. Apple skins and burnt wood in the back swallow. Black strap molasses underneath. Nice chest warming quality thanks to the higher ABV. Tobacco leaf in the breath. Boozed prunes lead into boozed maraschino cherries in the middle.
Quite an intriguing doppelbock. Rustic, almost smoky, and meaty with leanings towards the finest barrel aged rums. Rich and relaxing and I wish I had more.
zgaier (1462) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head and aroma of caramel and malt. Taste is of caramel, bread, malt, and nuts with a malty, light fruity finish. Hides the alcohol well and solid for it’s style
jjgmd (1511) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Nose is malty, with slight alcohol and wood. Taste is malty with some alcohol, some grain and wood. Finish is short and dry. Fair at best, not a real lager lover. Quaff Score 6 / 10
fluffy (1800) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
a dark mahogany ale, with a dark roasty nutty taste and a bit of a woody background. mildly oily finish with a creamy note. not bad.