SrSilligoose (3091) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, - FEB 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. In general, not my favorite beer style. So take review with a bath of salts. Notez include the following: earthy raisin bread dough. Dough sweet breads. Fine.
pinkie (405) - New York, USA - MAR 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful toasty copper brown with perfect clarity and a faint ruby blush. Fat head of tan foam that fell quickly to a thin ring. Not much lace. Nose very tempting. There’s bread, sweet chocolate,caramel, dark fruits and a touch fo brown sugar. Taste is delightful with layered malt complexity on a medium body. Rich and rowdy malt shows itself off in a way that’s frolicsome and fun. Caramel, bread, dark fruits, raisin, date and fig, a touch of brown sugar and a bit of soft faint chocolate and it even hints at nuts. It has laid a malt feast before you and then , like placing a single flower in a bud vase on a table, there is a touch of warmth from the alcohol to finish this crisp and dry.
Simply excellent. The body is a bit thinner than some of the german dopplebocks but with impeccable balance and with flavors that captivate this beer is contemporary and stylish.
jb (2023) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful, clear, dark reddish orange. Spotty lacing fitting of a boozy beer. Nose is big, featuring dark fruit and graham crackers. It’s a very rich nose, more rolls off as it warms. Palate is very tingly, a bit warming, a bit of booze detected at the very back, but well hidden. Start lush and thick ends a bit drier. Taste is predominantly the dark fruit. This seems very much in character and execution with an authentic German Doppelbock. Prost!
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 1/15/2014, drunk 3/11/14
Beautifully clear deep garnet body with amber and dark honey highlights. Light beige head is initially large and recedes slowly to cover.
Bright, ripe berry notes in the nose speak to the melanoidins and plenty of caramel and raisin lurks underneath. Rich, freshly baked brown bread and graham cracker notes further diversify the maltiness while just a touch of spicy hops and light alcohol dry the finish slightly. Just a touch of light hazelnut in there as well. Rich and complex and malty. All the good things a doppelbock should be...
Acidic and fruity at first, lip smackingly delicious, with prunes, currants, blackberries and plum brandy notes all whirling about the palate. Lightly sweet caramel and hazelnut coffee notes with sweet cream and hints of licorice. Tons going on here and all very clean and elegant. Malty and rich, but without any syrupy sweetness or wortiness. Very full-bodied and strong, so you’re not going to confuse it with even something like Salvator and certainly not Celebrator (a full 2.3% abv lower). Still, I didnt find myself feeling the alcohol and the attenuation and tight carbonation keep it on the drinkable side for its size. After warming and breathing, however, the alcohol does definitely make itself known.
Maverick34 (2017) - New York, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled - dark brown pour with large beige head, dark fruit, very malty and a bit roasty - slight bite on the taste, ok not amazing.
bytemesis (2434) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear chestnut, with a medium tan head that dissipates fairly quickly with decent lacing. Aroma is caramel, roast, toffee, prune, spices. Flavor is spicy, medium sweet and light bitter, prunes. Medium body, fairly high carbonation, some acidity. Kind of a metallic bitter finish that comes out over time.
WillRunForBeer (378) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours beer bottle brown with a scant off white head. Aroma is cereal, raisins. Taste - this is a thick chewy beer with molasses, raisin, date and caramel flavors. There is a bit of grassy bitterness to balance all the sweet. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.
vtafro (2341) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Nutty malt aromas. Sweet and nutty flavors, hints of spice tones. Body is a little lighter than expected.
WanderinCelt87 (125) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a lovely clear amber brown with a small white head. Aroma is sweet and malty. Taste is sweet with hints of brown sugar and molasses. Reminds me of troegenator but a little better.
Miked1687 (577) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to glass. Dark Brown body with a thin white head. Nose is raisin and Fig. Taste is similar. Sweet, but not overly sweet. Smooth body as always.
Scrapersnbeer (1395) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is as the brewer describes: raisin, plum, fruitbread. Clear reddish tan. Dark, roasted husky sweetness. Really not hoppy, bitter insofar as it is strong. Heavy body you can chew over for a time. Right there with the my favorite bock from the old country, and none are particularly nuanced.