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RATINGS: 438   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Leinenkugelís is pleased to bring back Leinenkugelís Big Butt Doppelbock into its limited-release portfolio. The name "Big Butt" comes from the image of two goats butting heads that you see on the label. Bock means billy goat in German and Leinenkugelís Big Butt Doppelbockís name and label pokes fun at the goatís springtime mating ritual. The result is a malty, rich, full-bodied bock beer brewed with two-and six-row pale and specialty malts and two specialty hops. Like all Leinieís beers, Big Butt Doppelbock is handcrafted one batch at a time in our historic Chippewa Falls brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
12 oz bottle into tulip glass. I have to say that every non-German doppelbock Iíve had has kind of sucked. So, I begin this tasting skeptical. Exhibit 1: The Appearance. Well, it looks right, it has the deep ruby that Celebrator has (although itís a bit clearer than that paragon of all beers). The head is kind of small comparatively, but the right shade of light tan and a creamy, foamy consistency. Lacing is tight and fairly sticky, with excellent deep racing that takes itís time getting back to the surface. Exhibit 2: Smell. Smells kind of right: bread is dominant, with some cookie thrown in for variety, but itís also got some macro-ish skunk that is never welcome in any beer. A faint cherry tone too lurks under the bread and funk. Exhibit 3: The Taste. The Bread and Butter. Speaking of which, this has more of the later than the former. It kind of coats your mouth in a not-enjoyable way, like a layer of cold butter (which I donít like particularly). Wimpy malt character, has barely any influence on the watery texture and mouthfeel. Almost no bread discernable; malt sweetness comes on late in the finish, but otherwise, this tastes like flat and watered-down cherry/strawberry pop with some meager but nice roasty/hoppy dryness. WEAK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OhioBeerFan (1) - Athens, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2005 does not count
A very nice beer. Great flavor, no bitter aftertaste. Goes down smoothly. Rich, creamy head. Great aroma, full-bodied taste, nice rich color.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Iíd classify this more as a dunkel than a doppelbock - too light on the palate, thin, lack of alcohol presence, and no real malt complexity. Soft, bubble gum taste with smooth caramel malts. Way to mellow for a doppelbock, and way to uninteresting for me. Wonít choose this one again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dragonlocks (15) - Kailua, Hawaii, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Goes down smooth, Sweet Chocolate / Carmel taste, Rich brown body with an amber colored head. No aftertaste which is kind of disappointing though, this is one of those beers you wish would linger. Overall one of my favorites. My only complaint is I canít find it outside of the flatlands.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 Doppelbock?!? This is more of a watery dunkel than anything else. And not a very tasty one at that. To sell it as a bock would be false advertizing. You can tell this is the son of a Miller.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
erod61 (31) - Bangor WI, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2005
More like a quarter bock to me. I tkind of has a bock like aroma, and kind of a bock like taste. At least it looks like a bock. Kind of a disappointing BMC attempt at a double-b. Worth the rating but I wonít revisit it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerman (8) - Monticello, North Dakota, USA - FEB 23, 2005 does not count
Drank out of a bottle. Brownish red color, small light tan head. Goes down smooth with a sweet after taste. Good midwest beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scooter122983 (17) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2005
This beer has a taste that is hoppy it also has a chocolat flavor it is also hard to find in the south or any where out of the midwest.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - FEB 10, 2005
A bit too sweet for me, not too much of a doppelbock flavor, not a bad beer, but not too much of a dopplebock. Iíd drink it again, but I wouldnít seek it out. Thanks to Duane for this one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2005
Dark drown pour with a big tan head. Not much carbonation which leads to a smooth texture on your palate. Very malty aroma with a dark fruityness coming through. Flavor is sweet with a roasted and fruity flavor. I thought the alcohol was well hidden for a d-bock, but the 5.79% explains it.

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