GT2 (7720) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
651mL thanks to djd07. Pours a clear, deep ruby. Giant tan head formation. Big lace. Vanilla, dairy, thick nose with sweeter strawberries. Taste is smoked, soy, savory with raisins. Odd combination. Dusty finish. Chalky. Not bad.
blipp (5595) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at CGBD. Pours dark brown, near black with a beige head. Toffee malts, some light earthy smokiness, and light bready notes. Not bad.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled this at Campground Brewdown 2. Pours a lightly hazed brown with a thin beige to tan head. Soft banana and smoke on the nose, malty. Medium-bodied, soft malt, toast. Light malt, sweetness with toffee notes and light smoke on the finish.
superspak (2127) - Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got in a trade with icetrauma. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but likely bottled this year. Pours lightly hazy very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, biscuit, molasses, dark bread, raisin, prune, wood smoke, ham, roast, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt and smoke notes with moderate dark fruits; and good strength. Taste of big caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, biscuit, molasses, dark bread, wood smoke, roast, light nuttiness, raisin, prune, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, biscuit, molasses, dark bread, wood smoke, roast, nuttiness, raisin, prune, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt flavors with moderate smoke and dark fruits; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent smoked doppelbock style! Awesome all around complexity and balance of dark/toasted malt flavors with smoke and dark fruit; and very robust and smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear brown with a nice sized tan head with long retention. dates, raisin, caramel, chocolate, roast, mild smoke. medium-heavy sweet, light bitter. full body, creamy feel. it’s enjoyable, not not outstanding
drjay44 (2448) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a thick well retained light beige head, with some lacing, over a dark brown (SRM 30) body.....nose is light smoke, heavier plum, raisin, light hop spice....taste is sweet, with plum, raisin, hints of cocoa, light smoke with very light terpene bite, finishing with a moderate lingering hop, spice bitterness....mouth feel heavy of medium, slightly sticky, moderate astringency, alcohol warmth present, carbonation adds clean finish. The smoke was used with a light hand and added complexity to aroma and flavor rather than dominating. The net is a pleasant beer which lacks the rich complexity of the best in either the Dopplebock or Smoked categories. BJCP 7/3/13/4/7
JohnnyJ (4046) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Reddish brown pour, with a off-whitish beige head. Smoke, caramel malt, light cocoa, dark fruit, and a bit of sweetness. Decent.
brokensail (9852) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared @ Oakquinox 2013. Mahogany pour with a tall khaki head. Smoke, caramel, and dark fruit notes on the nose. Some cocoa, burnt wood, and a touch of roast. Smokey flavor along with some burnt wood. Mild sweetness of caramel. A bit of cocoa bitterness, roasted malt, dark fruit, and cola.
Mora2000 (5310) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a huge tan head. The aroma has some smoked notes as well as some darker, roasted malt and some dark fruit. The flavor has a lot more smoke in it. I get a lot of ashy, meaty smoke as well as some roasted malt and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very good.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, dark brown garnet pour with multi layered waterfall head, really nice balance of smoke and malty dark fruits, good medium bodied bock with nice finish