JoeMcPhee (8534) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark brown beer with a very thin off-white head, quickly fading away to nothing. Very sweet malty aroma, toasted and slightly nutty. There is also a bit of caramel with a touch of raisin and cherry in the nose. Flavour is well-balance, caramel sweetness, toffee, with a toasty finish. Fairly sweet, but not treacly. Quality brew.
Rastacouere (6136) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quickly fading head tops a clear ruby brown hue. Straightforward malt aroma is light, buttery bearing a mild smoke character and vegetal tones. Malt gets leathery on the tongue and somehow floral from a wild honey signature. Rather dry finish. Thin palate, light-medium carbonation. Good, but ordinary all along.
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Portentous peppery curtains rising from the muddy, honeyed fruit.
Peppery earth boosts flavorful baccate caramel. Medium-bodied, tasty but never overwhelming, an honest example.
Sternness can still promote quality it seems, even accept some personality.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours dark with a decent white head.Hints of caramel , nuts and maple syrup.was medium body that went down smooth.This had a good taste but was missing something but not quite to sure what.All i n all this was an average dopple bock.Drinkable and worth another try.
motelpogo (6876) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottled. ruby brown colour. stewed fruit and peach mango ice cream aroma. stomach-warming, pretty mellow. some molasses and weed flavours with a semi-dry finish. not too sticky, not a big doppelbock, seems halfway between doppelbock and regular bock
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Dark ruby red colour. No head. Fruity, maybe cherry, malty taste with an underlying slight bitternesss. Mediumbodied, but almost no carbonation. The sweetness is not as high as in most doppelbocks. A good-tasting beer, but the flaws in apperance and carbonation are responsible for my lower rating.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12.18.04 0.5l fliptop. Caramel brown pour with small white head fading to a ring. Nutty and sweet aromas with barley and sweet oats. Very sweet flavor, creamy but light on the palate. Some maple, prune, black cherry, salty pretzel. Nothing special but quite nice.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
latch-top bottles always lend a festive air to the decanting-- i hear this hardware snap, pop and clink, and like pavlov’s alcoholic elkhound, i involuntarily run for my rating notebook.
label features a clash of european elk-like ungulates and a shimmering orange sunset-- unfortunately they’re battling over a tree-stump, so the pastoral image is seriously compromised.
this beer is a clear rosy-brown with close relatives among the wild tribe of tawny yellows. weak head, no lace, only spots. i wanted to the foam to come out and play--so like a puppy, i prodded it and frisked and barked, but it lay there with no reason to live, morose and lifeless. a seven point earthquake could topple your city, and this beer might respond with four to six new bubbles. tsk.
rich, lightly smoked plum aroma, caramel-fudge candy sucker, a bit of must and leather and even an inoffensive grainy resemblance to dry dog food.
a soft palatte and very sweet, and as expected it’s a runaway bock-bomb of nerdy single-minded malts, and nary a hop flavor among the crowd. tasty but sweet enough to flambe, rather thin in body, and not conspicuously alcoholic-- i personally wouldn’t guess that it’s a doppel, though i do credit the malts with unusual eloquence.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brownish color with a sweet carmel taste. Pours with almost no head. One of the better Bavarian Dopplebocks I’ve had.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark crimson color with a creamy head, little lacing. Nose is sweet with notes of plum and buckwheat. Tastes sweet with some burnt toast character and more licorice-like flavors. Finishes balanced, light carbonation (dead mouthfeel). Not too bad but not overly exciting. Thanks to Rick in my homebrew club for bringing this and Steve for sharing it.