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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 2.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
trapped (744) - New York City, TURKEY - MAY 12, 2014
Drought. Reddish amber with beige creamy small head, doughy aroma, biiter-sweet molasses taste with strong yeast and vanilla flavor, low carbonation, abrupt finish with molasses aftertaste. Disappointing.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Not a bad doppelbock. Taste of brown bread and figs and some malt. Would be a nice brew on Christmas day when you are preparing for the family to arrive...

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jow (2084) - New York, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Tap at Stagshead and pours amber brown. tastes of dried fruit, caramel, chocolate, molasses, rock candy, and lots of malt. slightly chewy.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2010
On tap at the Beechtree. Pours a clear orange and ruby brown with a medium sized white head. Sweet toffee, citrus, vanilla. Creamy, toast and toffee with big caramel flavors, malty. Smooth with a warming alcohol note and a slightly grainy aftertaste of cheerios.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
chimay67 (41) - hunt sta, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2010
1/2 growler from Big Z, tasted Super Bowl Sunday. Ok so it is definitely not on style for a Dopplebock. Was it awful, no, but it was also not great. It had a much thinner body than a Dopple should be and far to little maltiness. But it was still a drinkable brew. Kelly and Sonia need to amp up the body and give it another go. I’ll be sure to give it a re-rate when they do.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbill (3367) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2010
Growler filled at Big Z and consumed later the same day. Pours a mostly clear amber that is slightly tinted red with a thin off-white head that quickly fades and leaves bits of lace. Very light aroma of malt and caramel and not much else. The flavor is a bit odd for a doppelbock. The requisite malt and caramel are present, but there is also another flavor that I cannot identify and is difficult to describe. A bit earthy with some nuts is about the best I can do. Low bitterness at the finish with some mild warmth from the alcohol. Not really a bad beer, just not what I think of in a doppelbock.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
blipp (5974) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Cask. Pours unclear amber with a thin head. Strange aroma, yeast and spoiled fruit. The flavor is even more off. Bread dough, yeast, and general weirdness. Not a dopplebock.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2003) - USA - JAN 25, 2010
Now, in a day of strange brews, this was the strangest of all. This was my first tasting of a Kelso release - I simply could not resist trying a beer with this name. Muddy brown pour. I was not sure what to make of this stuff. It tasted nothing like a doppelbock - definitely something different, that much was clear. Matt, the guy sitting next to me, thought it had a lot yeast and honey in it. I saw somewhere online that it is made with molasses and cashew nuts. To me it seemed very nutty and a bit grassy too, but there was a very strong flavor of . . . what? Then it dawned on me. Mushrooms! Shitakes, to be exact - this stuff tastes like shitake mushroom tea! And I dont say that to ridicule them - shitake is a very good flavor. I give Greenpoint Beer Works points for originality here. Maybe mushroom beer is just what we need to kill the recession! From a cask at Rattle’n’Hum.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tgncc (2767) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2010
The aroma is toasted malt (not the first time I noticed this in a Kelso, must be something in their brewing process. Wierd and inappropriate for the style. The flavor is the same. The appearance is a cloudy red, white head. The finish was a jumble of light hops, sweet malt, and toasted malts. Medium body, again thin for the style. Drinkable, but not good.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2009
Tap from New Beer. Deep amber beer. Thick creamy white head. Aroma is a bit sour. Lightly infected, rancid nose. Slick mouthfeel. There is a ton of diacetyl/DMS character in here. The flavour has a bit of malty sweetness, but nothing could save this trainwreck.


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