Nephilium (1344) - Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slightly astringent roasted aroma, with hints of chocolate, a touch of sourness, and a bit of candi sugar. Pours a clear reddish amber, with a thin white head. Very thin mouthfeel, and tends toward the sweet side. There’s touches of light fruits, and not much else. I’m not really a fan of this, and will not be purchasing it again.
Drjohnrock (431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from 1 pint, .9 ounce/500ml bottle purchaswed at Trader Joe’s Cincinnati. Dark ruby/brown hue, small tan head that swiftly diminished with fair lacing, moderate sweet malty aroma with chocolate notes, moderate sweet malty flavor with chocolate elements, although some astringency detracts from the overall experience, I wish the brewer would up this one a notch or two. Worth checking out, though.
CanIHave4Beers (3210) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very clear orangish, almost amber color with a great big fluffy white head that fades and leaves some lace on the glass. .
The aroma is strikingly, oddly sweet... like cotton candy & some caramel... maybe a little over cooked cake. It’s really not pleasant or very inviting smelling. Not outright putrid, but certainly not what I like a beer to smell like by quite a long shot.
The flavor has some of the creamy, lightly roasty, mildly spicy pleasantries of a dopplebock, in fact it smells worse than it tastes. The flavor is a tad too sweet and malt forward in sort of an odd way, but it’s not as sticky or off putting as the aroma lets on. Some pear and nuttiness get through as well. There are a good number of things that this beer has going for it flavor wise but it lacks some finesse to allow those flavors to work well together throughout.
BrewDad (4890) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown in color, clear with a thin head. Decent brew. very lifeless and light in flavor. Wish this had more. Seemed like this sat way too long on the boat over.
envane (567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear reddish-amber with a thin white head. Aroma of cherry cough syrup. Taste is fruity malts with light bitterness and a dry finish. Thin body, and the alcohol peeks through at times. Enjoyable, but no dopplebock.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear, medium amber pour, white head. Floral, caramel, and toasty notes on aroma. Nothing else really stands out when sipping it, just more sweet caramel and floral hops on a moderately light body. I’m really not seeing the "double dark" or the doppelbock aspects, but it remains quaffable.
BillKismet (3334) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bronze-bodied, off-white fluffy caramel head. Heavy wood and malted nose with honey malt, esters, and sweet hops. The body is also of honey malt grains, with some sour tannins and saccahrine sugar finish. It lacks the malty depths, particularly the melanoidins and malt ball qualities one expects of a doppelbock. The strength is pretty well masked. To me, this is a souped up amber lager - or, what an imperial Vienna Lager would taste like, if such a style were recognized. :)
Reid (1873) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml swing top bottle ( very attractive package) from TJs Salem Oregon, $3.49
Amber/orange ale with a big ole thick bubbly off white head
Subdued aromas..mainlly creamy cereal,roasted peanut..not that bad really
Taste is again of course malty..bready,hay..slightly toasted..some semi-dark coffee bittering at the very end.
I actually liked the mouthfeel..its rich enough yet still easy..only a touch of the alcohol.
I actually did like this beer but its no doppelbock..a nice strong bock/ale hybrid
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled 12/31/2011. This dopplebock pours a light to medium orange gold color from a 500ml swing top bottle. Medium to large sized white/beige foamy head. The aroma is caramel, bready, fruity, floral and sweet. A medium to light bodied dopplebock. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and floral. Decent carbonation. It is a touch metallic/mineral tasting at the finish, and a little dry for a dopplebock, but otherwise a fairly decent beer. Hides the 8% alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Swingtop pint bottle from TJ’s. Props to Trader Joe for shelving an Italian craft beer at a reasonable price. Not sure why this beer is listed as a doppelbock. I guess the color and alcohol level fit. And now that I think about it the hops are right. Oh well. A well-made beer except for a slightly metallic taste.