kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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...
Jow (1684) - New York, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Stagshead and pours amber brown. tastes of dried fruit, caramel, chocolate, molasses, rock candy, and lots of malt. slightly chewy.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
chimay67 (41) - hunt sta, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
beerbill (3200) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
blipp (5476) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2010
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
Slipstream (1870) - USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
tgncc (2508) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2009
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
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.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Growler. Pours an amber brown with a tan head. Sweet with hints of caramel malt and dried fruit, overall this reminds me of pickled seaweed and some light raisin and chocolate notes. Weird brew, didnt care for it.