jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Caramel colored clear body with a small vanishing light tan head. Caramel syrupy aroma. Sweet throughout with caramel being dominant. Needs more ummpphh to get it going. It just kind of sits there and bores me.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22oz. brown bomber bottle with a celebratory label, bottled in 2005.
Made a decent appearance, poured a lightly hazy garnet, with a foamy pale tannish head that quickly settled into a thin lacing, moderate carbonation.
Had a roasted and caramelized malty nose with a light fruitiness, figs mainly.
A semi-crisp, slick and smooth medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability.
Fig fruity and caramelized malty taste with a little roastiness, the Millstream yeastiness, a toffeeness emerges in the middle and a dryish roasted and caramel malty finish.
I know a lot of people, at least around here, take pot shoots at Millstream, but I think they are a decent brewery, the last in Iowa, and this was a decent doppelbock, congratulations on twenty years.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice clear medium to deep amber with a thin head but fades in my glass. Sweet caramel malts in the nose, along with some fruity esters, toasted malts, munich etc. Flavor was skewed more to a fruity sweetness and crystal malts rather than a big thick toasted munich sweetness. Finished a bit slick but overall this was pretty good.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear amber color with a red hue and thin off-white creamy head. Aroma of raisins and plums. Swwet and malty. The flavor was on the dull side. Sweet and malty with some dark fruit but really just blah. Some bitterness on the finish.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Deep copper in color with no head. Fruity and malty aroma. Raisiny and plum notes. Lots of raisins. Body is thin. Finish is fruity. Ok beer. Too sweet though.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a small head. Aroma is motor oil and caramel. Taste is a lot of raisin. I mean a LOT of raisin,. Body is a bit thin and after drinking a few db’s, this isn’t as good as most, therefore thats how the rating goes.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Milwaukee YEHa!05 courtesy of JPDIPSO: Pours a still transparent copper amber. Sweet malty caramel aroma has a touch of grapes and vinous character with some bocky German yeastiness. Starts sweet with sticky caramel and lightly fruity with a good, authentic bock flavor and a clean, tasty, green Hallertau hop flavor. A little more carbonation and this would be quite nice. It’s a shame that this is the strongest thing that can be legally brewed in Iowa.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep cherry brown color with a clearish body and thin, dark sandy brown capping of firm foam. Top fades quickly to a collar and the lacing is drippy in big globby strings with a glare of spots sticking.
Aroma is a bit light on the nose, but never the less carries the doppelbock character with a richly dark tone of malts bringing baked raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon bread, dates, and figs.
Taste is good; smooth, soft, and malty. Not as lengthy or as bold as most doppels tend to be. The duration of flavors that are found don’t last long. How unfortunate. Because this could be quite nice if it could just reach the next level of needed character, thickness, and boldness. Flavors are lightly dabbled in dark toffee with super tiny slivers of the dark fruityness listed within the aroma along with a small scotchy, earthy rough spot thrown in there. Some watery vanilla middles it out as it ends in a rush, not letting anything gain strength as it finishes. Toffee tends to sit late on the palate with a chewy coating of malty lagered texture. Helping, but still not enough.
Feel is shy of medium in body with a wateryish area in the mid ranges. It trys hard to surge ahead in length as it finishes but never makes it as it simmers very softly hinting to the lagered malty texture and semi chewy smoothness that comes with the dopplebock style. So with that, it does make for a decent drinking beer.
It’s smooth, soft, and moderately malty with an uncontested short length and character to its body and flavor. An above average doppel, only siding well with me due to its clean crafted profile and well mannered attention and drinkability.
walleye (1092) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
got this one from Duane in a trade, thanks. from the bottle. poured a granet, with a small beige head that didn’t stay around very long. aroma 1st impression, wine cooler, chocolate,malts, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits, caramel. flavor, dark cherries, honey, malts, caramel. very good.
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’ll go back to one of my favorite descriptors: buttery brown-sugar with caramel and toffee. A nice and malty aroma with a hint of alcohol which is hard to believe I picked up alcohol in a 6.25% beer. Color is mahogany brown without much of a head. Sweet flavor with flavors just like the aroma: caramel with some nice buttery malt flavors. Medium body, very smooth finish. Thanks to JPDIPSO/Heemer77 for sharing this one.