EithCubes (4842) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
500mL bottle, label says brewed in 2012. Nose is heavily caramelized without being brothy, lots of Maillard and brown sugar, dark toffee, and sweet stone fruit in the bg. Super malty, the dessert-type Doppelbock. Deep dark red with a sudsy tan head. Watery body with all the above-named malt developments, clean, and most importantly doesn’t cloy. Hops are very faint, a touch of earth and yeast character but extremely light, and some late-developing raisin/plum, even fainter cherry behind. Lightly crisp, very low bitterness, lots of melding and unity of flavors. Great flavor, very drinkable, well-concealed alcohol, a really, really pleasant experience; if only the body were a bit thicker / more developed!
jfb (3796) - Freising, GERMANY - AUG 4, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(draught) pours a clear deep ruby colour with a frothy beige head. aroma of raisins and cherries, with a hint of roasted malts, some heavy liquorice, caramel and treebark. flavour is mostly dark fruit and some alcohol, with some fruity esters, more roasted malts, hazelnuts, a hint of banana and some light butter in the finish. heavy-bodied with average carbonation.
vanelst (131) - AUSTRIA - JUL 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty aroma, caramel, raisin, plums. Sweet malty taste, but not too much like is often the case with these kind of beers. Some hints of chocolate, dark fruits. Decent.
Quack-Duck (7794) - Down South, GERMANY - JUL 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from Meinl am Graben. Amber golden with a creamy off-white head. Caramel and a touch of honey. Shy hoppy touch with a mineral overall character. Good stuff.
rondphoto (1947) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
@ Sergio’s / Louisville KY --- Clear dark ruby brown with a rim head and tiny swirls of lace. Taste is toasted caramel malt that adds a little prune in the palate before a bit of bitters finishes it off. The overall brew comes off a little flat (= little carbonation), which makes it dull. Close, but no cigar.
Sebilinz (479) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAY 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice dark brown body with off white head. Aroma is malt and dark fruits. Taste is malts some sourness some sweetness. Aftertaste is malty with some sweetness and hints of bitterness. One of the best Bockbiers I have ever tasted.
koleminer20 (577) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. 500 mL bottle shared at a tasting on 5 May. The pour is brown with some hints of ruby around the edges and a thin ring of khaki head with some light spotty lace. The aroma is WHOA sweet with some dominating caramel malts. There might be a little of chocolate here as well, but the sweetness just is crushing. The flavor is just as sweet. There are some big caramel notes with a mildly metallic finish. I’m not too big on this mouth feel which is quite thin. The carbonation doesn’t help out too much. The aftertaste is surprisingly quick-fading, but also way too sweet.
fugitive (1330) - Athens, GREECE - APR 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Color hazy brown with medium head. Aroma malt, bread, caramel, sugar. Taste sweet, alcohol, caramel, fruits.
Beerhunter111 (7179) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein rötlichbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch leicht röstmalzig, Karamell, etwas würzig. Geschmack röstmalzig, schokoladig, leicht würzig.
Frank (2832) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a decent doppel with a rich malt character. It is pours a ruddy red brown and is nearly headless. It’s noise is of carmalized sugar and raisin. A touch of sweetness brings out a chocolate note and, along with a bit of tartness, it also emphasizes a plummy fruitiness. As it warms, the sweetness does cloy a bit though and make the initially creamy mouth feel turn sticky and heavy. Still, I think most lovers of the style will find much to like here. While it does not quite match the finesse of the best doppelbocks, the basic elements are all there.