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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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This Doppelbock is a thick, smooth and stronger lager brewed in the traditional doppelbock style. Plenty of Munich malts and darker caramel malts give it a rich and full-bodied flavor. It is a typical stronger beer and contains enough malty goodness that it has been considered for centuries as a meal in a glass.


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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2748) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Draft at Millstream. $3.25 for 12 oz. Plastic cup is okay, since it lets me sit at their little biergarten in front of the brewery on a warm March day. Brown with a little cherry juice type red, and a nice layer of foam. My allergic nose might not be getting all of the smell, but at least it’s nice and malty, a hearty malt sweetness with no obvious hops in the way.Notes of banana muffin, molasses, spice cake from the wheat malt. Chewy texture with slight graininess. Clove note at the finish.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (184) - Iowa, USA - APR 4, 2014
Tap at Millstream brewery. Dark brown with light brown head. Nose is caramel. Sweet and wine flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1051) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle from Brennans. Pours a reddish brown with a tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma has caramel, brown sugar, some black patent malts and faint chocolate. Taste is of sweet caramel, some roast and some cocoa powder, with bread and some earthiness. Medium bodied. Sweet and syrupy - probably too sweet, but no idea bottle age. Some tanginess as befitting a dopple.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (7946) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2013
12 ounce bottle courtesy of pepsican. Thanks! Pours a clear dark amber color with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of mild roasted malts and raisins. Some dustiness. Dunkel-ish. The taste is toasted malts, caramel, raisin, chocolate. Medium bodied. Decent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NielsenRatings (8275) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle @ home, courtesy of pepsiedcan. RESPECT MALT LIKKA, MY BRO. Pours a dark orangish brown appearance with a light brown head that disappears pretty quickly. Toasty caramel, quite herbal/earthy, a touch spicy, cherry aroma. Dark caramel, chewy grainy, dry herbal, a bit fruity flavor that is showing some signs of oxidation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (2622) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Poured from a bottle into a brandy snifter. Pours a darker ruby color with a smooth, beige head of foam that starts about one finger width, and dissipates down to a thin cap. The beer has a pronounced, roasty coffee presence with some walnuts and hazelnuts coming through. The taste is roasty with a mellow sweetness in the finish, leaving a warming on the back of the tongue. Overall, pretty good. Nice doppelbock.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoll (415) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Decent little cap of tan foam, and good retention. The aroma has a slightly robust malt sweetness, with some faint hop presence to pair. Nicely balanced flavor. Not too sweet like some of it’s kind. The caramel is nice and subtle up front with light roast creeping in at the finish and a touch of chocolate. I like that this beer is only 7.9% ABV, and even with that level you would expect to taste it a bit, but this beer hides it well. a good drinking beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7006) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Bottled. Poured clear, darker amber with a short cap of beige head. The aroma picked up sweet caramel, molasses, and lighter chocolate malts with spicy earth and peppery alcohol around.. a bit sweet, but I enjoyed it. The flavor found sweet caramel, chocolate, molasses, and a little licorice at the core.. vanilla bean and spicy, earthy hops around.. finished with well-toasted, darker sweetness and a little peppery alcohol. Medium-bodied and sweet as mentioned on the palate.. there was also a good tanginess throughout that cut the sugars nicely.. I’d gladly drink more of ’em.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle. Poured a clear garnet color. Head, what head? Pleasant aroma that included the likes of dark fruits, brown sugar-soaked-dried cherry, and subdued white pepper. Really liked how this smelled. Medium bodied and slightly sweet with carbonation on the lower end of the spectrum. Toffee, maple, brown sugar, and dark fruit flavors. Pretty good. Must defend Millstream a bit on this one. Some of the previous ratings in this thread opine that it is too sweet, but I’d say the sugars in this one are appropriate for the style, and certainly drier than many Doppelbocks I’ve had.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gription79 (2158) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle thanks to pepsiedcan. The aroma has a large chocolate character. There is an interesting fruit and nut note, like peanut butter and jelly. Earthy, fruity, nutty, chocolate, malty. This is a great beer, but not really a dopplebock. Thank you pepsiedcan.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (2908) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Pours a gorgeous ruby color with a medium sized thick lightly tan head.

The aroma is woodsy, nutty, sweet smelling, & very malty. Some dark fruit & maybe a little cherry in there... not bad.

The flavor is roasty & nutty. This is a very malty beer with a sort of toasted marshmallow character to it, the alcohol is present and noticeable, but not in a overbearing, boozy, liquor-like way. Some cherry and dark fruit work their way in, but in a subtle way.

This beer suffers slightly from the similar palate troubles of their weizenbock, there is a sort of tongue bracing thing that I can really only perceive as coming from a kind of clash between the alcohol hottness and the thick body of the beer, either way it makes it a little hard to drink at times despite the beer being perfectly tasty, on the other hand the beer is very full bodied, carried well by a low carbonation, and has a sort of silky character at the front that is very inviting.

Their 20th and 25th Anniversary Dopplebocks drank pretty good with a year or so on them, this seems to be a similar beer to those, but less "odd" Perhaps I need to procure more bottles to stow away downstairs.


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