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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 188   ABV: 6.25%
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After twenty years of making beer, Millstream has decided to celebrate! The brewmasters have carefully devised a special beer, a dopplebock, to commemorate the event. This beer is available only in 22 oz large bottles, and only 1000 bottles were made. Each bottle was hand filled and labeled by zealous fans of the brewery. The brewers say that this beer is fantastically rich and full of malty goodness. Notes of sweet plums and caramel are present throughout this dark, heavy beer. At 6.25% ABV, this is the strongest beer that Millstream could legally make in the state of Iowa. This beer will probably not be made for another five years, so don’t miss out!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 04/23/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

hazy dark red, candy sweet malt aroma, rich dry malt flavor with a touch of sweetness, good rich flavor,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+/4

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29332) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2006
A hazy nut brown beer with an orange head. Both the aroma and flavor are sweet malty with strong notes of caramel, and just a bit of a bite from the alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2006
RBSG 2006 - DC Grand Tasting Lineup Mahogany, light head and lacing. Nose of sweet grassy hops, some malts and molasses. Sweet rich flavor, nice aged and pleasant. The finish is sweet, lightly hoppy and a toffee and caramel finish along with the balanced sweetness. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Thanks to Dan @ Gannon for this.. Appears a dark, dense, mahogany color with crimson edges when held up to the light. Smell is of rich malt, vanilla, doughy bread, caramel, brown sugar, with a touch of mild oxidation that is fitting for the style. Taste is of the same aromas. I’m liking the mix, as doppelbocks are one of my favorite styles. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sugary, brown sugar laden, cakey, and...did I say sugary? Carbonation is nice in this one. It’s like a well done dessert.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Poured a hazy brownish red color with a light tan head that left spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of peat malts, caramel, roast, cocoa, and light butter. Taste of sweet caramel, more cocoa, roast, some wood, and vanilla as well.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 23, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2010 Sampled at RBSG 2006- Grand Tasting. 2005 vintage. This is a beer that I picked up at the brewery and saved for the tasting. This does not look like a dopplebock. It pours amber with pink highlights. Has a huge honey aroma and flavor. A bit too sweet and needs more roasted flavor. Unfortunately, was brewed during the days of Iowa’s alcohol limit laws for brewers and could not be the big beer that the Brewer likely wanted. Still, a unique novelty to try before its retirement. UPDATE 8/4/7: In the bottle at the 2007 Baburek backyard vintage beer tasting. Thanks to Darrell M. for the beer. Just as sweet as I remember. It’s as though it was not fully attenuated so as to keep it near the 6% ABV target. UPDATE 5/1/2010: The Special 25th Anniversary version on tap at the Millstream 2010 Maifest at the brewery. Pours dark brown with a very thin and quick dark beige head. Has a bready and toasted aroma. Big toaster oven toast! The flavor is a bit lacking as it was 5 years ago. Has some chocolate and mild roast, but not quite malty rich or strong enough to be remarkable. I guess it is still a recipe remnant of the previous Iowa ABV laws. Look for future versions of this beer to not be the same recipe now that the lid has been raised on brewpub ABV.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2006
22oz, bottled in March 2005. Aroma is burnt caramel, nuts, cinnamon, dark fruits (figs and raisins). Pours a clear reddish brown with a small light beige head. The taste is the same with moderate sweetness. Light chalky, roasted malt bitter finish. Very low carbonation, moderate to full bodied and creamy. Good offering. Got to meet Aaron yesterday at the Great Taste--real standup guy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Bottle at RBSG 2006. Rusted bronze. Malty and chocolaty nose. Light caramel and fruit as well. Taste is malty, cocoa-ish and sweet. Lots of caramel in this. Body is medium with mild carbonation. Finishes just as sweet with more cocoa, light nuttiness and chocolate coming through.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Sampled at RBSG06. Hazy dark body with a medium frothy off-white head. Aroma of mild caramel with a similar.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Courtesy of Sledge Jr, RBSG 06. Light mouthfeel. Candy sugar flavors dominate, alongside maple sugar - yet it’s lacking some very necessary concentration. Quite light.


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