DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
15-Sep-13 (12-oz bottle: Obtained in trade with 46er3498, thanks Tom!)
I let this one go too long, so it’s not going to be the same beer it was when fresh, but it’s still very tasty. The beer is medium-brown in color with good clarity, and it’s initially capped by half an inch of tan head that settles quickly to a thin ring. The nose is very sweet and malty with tootsie roll and dark, dried fruit, brown sugar, and a bit of earthiness. It’s also very rich in dark, fruity, malty flavors. Prune, cola, chocolate, molasses. It’s full bodied, light-medium in carbonation, and would be a bit cloying except for the light touch of acidity in the background. Overall, this doppelbock has evolved into a pretty intense and dark-flavored beer, but unlike most doppelbocks that cellar awhile, this one is very tasty and enjoyable.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malts, dark fruits, plums, nuts, and dates. Poured medium brown with a hint of ruby in color and a small, tan head that disappeared quickly. Clear. Not sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of alcohol, brown sugar, malts, nuts, molasses, and dark fruits. Medium body. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Malt-sweet, alcohol and dark fruit finish.
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle... nice extra from Ty5592! Hazy chocolate brown pour with a medium head. Faint caramel, dark fruit aroma. Flavor is roasted malt, caramel, raisins, banana and something I really like that I can’t quite put my finger on. Alcohol is definitely noticeable but blends well. Eminently drinkable, and definitely one of the better doppelbocks I’ve had.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle - thanks to Ty5592 for the bonus bottle; deep, cola brown; clear with thin white head; candy malts and sweet, mild aromas; grainy and sweet; nothing too exciting, but a very tasty and slightly rich
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two-finger thick, lightly cocoa stained tan colored head. The beer is a very dark, burnt, concentrated amber color and shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry hue when held up to the light. The aroma is thick, sweet and chewy. It has quite a bit of fruitiness to it actually with notes of berries and brandy soaked raisins. Noticeable alcohol adds a bit of warmth / heat in my nose, but can be fairly subtle at times. Underneath the fruitiness is a rich malt character that provides notes of caramelized bread crust, toasty grain, sweet concentrated amber malts, something a bit like cola and some light toasted malt notes towards the finish.
Rich and chewy up front, but seems to thin out a bit pretty quickly in the first sip. The second and subsequent sips have a bit more palate coating chewiness to them though. Sweet tasting, almost a bit too sweet, which makes it seem a bit like non-alcoholic malzbier. Concentrated malt notes produce flavors of toffee, caramelized bread crust, raisins, . A light bitterness in the finish seems to be as much a product of the darker malts as of hop bitterness; it adds a hint of astringency as well. As the beer warms up quite a bit it loses some of the sticky sweetness, or at least this gets balanced a bit better by the richer malt flavors. A touch of alcohol adds a bit of warmth to the flavor.
The aroma can seem a little too sweet at times; a Doppelbock should have some sweetness, but it should be a rich, complex sweetness that this one doesn’t quite achieve. Not a bad beer, enjoyable enough, but it could certainly be a bit more complex.
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours burnt sienna with 1-finger tan head. Nose is roasty caramel/scotchy malt, figs, brown sugar, hops, and raisins. Tastes rich, with a hefty malt bill, matched by brown sugar, fig/raisins, almond, earthy peaty notes, and slight rauchy and port winey notes. Fairly complex in flavor profile and palate characteristics, this one is one I’m glad to have bought a sixer of.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Bottle. Pours a dark brown color that you can see through if you look hard enough. Small off white head that leaves rather quickly. Nice aroma of roasted malt, light peat, and light caramel/raisins. The taste is basicly the same with sweet malty light smoke flavor. This was a very good beer.
thornecb (4528) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep mahogany into a stem glass. offwhite micro head recedes to skim surface and hug rim. Pit fruit and chocolate aromas. Sweet and full with upfront caramel and a lasting tart finish.
kramer (5089) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, 2004 or 2005 vintage, via michiganmiked. Pours a dark mahogany brown body under a smallish foamy beige head that receded to a thin ring. Aroma is a combo of thick syrupy dark malt, moderate amounts of oxidation, and a hint of alcohol. Notes of white milk, coffee, cocoa, and vegtables. The oxidation really took over the flavor of this guy. Just not enough malt or alcohol to cover up the cardboard notes. Still not undrinkable though. Actually this grew on me a little the more I had of it. I guess what I didn’t like is that the oxidation came across as more of a papery/cardboard flavor, not like the soy or sherry notes that I crave. Mouthfeel was quite thinned out, and lacked much of what body must have been there. Still pretty decent carbonation levels thought for being 3 years old. I must try a fresh bottle of this if it’s still being produced.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 Pours brown with a nice tan head. Aromas of banana, cherries, grass, toffee, and sugar immediately hit me. Taste is a wonderful blend of sweet and tarte with chocolate, coffee, cherries and some mellow hints of coriander all popping up. Mouthfeel is light and oily with a semi-sweet lasting finish. One of the best offerings from these guys.