zdk (1788) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle shared by murphym - dark brown pour and hazy with light head. Arouma of caramel, toffee malts, with some toast. alcohol is well masked. candy sweetness, some grassy hop notes, pine and a touch of candy and a bounrbon-like finish.
CampesinoTino (683) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark reddish brown color with tan head. The aroma is mostly caramel, raisins and bready malts. The taste is heavy on the caramel malt and dark sugars along with some prunes and rum toward the end. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy with moderate carbonation and a warm alcohol finish. Pretty decent Doppelbock and one of the better Trader Joe’s $6 six packs.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Trader Joe’s. Pours a clear, deeper amber-brown colored body with a finger-width, dense and frothy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is moderately sweet with darker caramels, some toasty bread, grains, a few floral fruits, and a light grass. Flavor is medium-sweet caramels, grainy and lightly toasted bread, a light grass, a few dark fruits, and some florals. A nice balancing earthy hop along with the grass dries this out and leaves a light-moderate bitterness along with a light, malty, somewhat fruity sweetness. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a very smooth, medium body and soft, somewhat creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty tasty doppelbock. Well balanced and tasty with a nice malty sweetness and solid hopping to balance. Nice beer.
greenhorn1 (727) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown and when you put it up to a light source, there is some mahogany. Sweet nose of dark roasted malt and hints of raisin. Flavor is marginal and not very much to write about. Definitely can tast the sweet caramel malts with little to no bitterness. Not complex nor full bodied. Easy to drink, but unforgetable.
Garito793 (239) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tastes very sweet, with an aftertaste that is certainly not bitter but very fizzy. Different than most winter seasonals, less full of spice but definitely still a lot of flavor.
theOptimator (267) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 11, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is strong dark malt. Appearance is brown with hint of dark red. Small head. Taste is dark malt, dark fruits. Plum, raisin, hint of cherry and grape... some roast. A little alcohol heat. Palate is medium+. Overall not horrible, but wouldnt buy again.
nuplastikk (3818) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Another 1 dollar tick from Trader Joes. Filtered burgundy-brown color. Thin, steady soapy off-white head. Pretty clean, with some deep malty tones. Caramel, toffee...maybe some mild vanilla and coffee tones as well. Quite pleasant actually, a little thin and mild in some respects, but still enjoyable enough. I’d venture back to this beer, something I can’t say for much of the other Trader Joes line of beers. Gordon Biersch know how to make a Bock, and while this one isnt so pungent or Bocky, it does have some really pleasant Lager tones.
envane (563) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear red-brown with a tan head. Malt, raisin nose. Moderately sweet, burnt sugar flavour. Dry acrid finish. Not really a dopplebock.
jaymobrown (1586) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rather light with some yeast and wheat flavors. A bit dark and very bubbly. Short mouthfeel. Medium copper color. Easy drinking and rather smooth. Doesn’t seem very doppelbock like though.
andyhwcinc (1255) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Picked up at Trader Joe’s, enjoyed on random Saturday night. Aroma of pure malt, somewhat roasted. Appearance is a dark amber with a thin white head. Taste is surprisingly neutral, it’s clear and smooth but I really don’t get anything at all from it aside from a very faint flavor. Meh.