ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a murky copper color. An incredibly fluffy head (about two fingers high, off-white in color) tops it off with amazing texture,and mediocre retention. As it fades away, some lacing is left on the glass.
S: My very first whiff of this brew made me wonder if it were lightstruck - it was a bit skunky. Once it warms up in the glass, however, it smells less like a skunk’s ass and more like the dying presence of German hops. Also of note is plenty of caramel and brown sugar.
T: I pick up more in the way of dark fruits than I did on the nose, especially when it first hits the palate. The general flavors are caramel and brown sugar. I also get an apple note, distressingly similar to a macro lager - if I had to pick my least favorite part of the profile, this is it. On the plus side, I’m surprised how hoppy the finish is given its proximity to the 11/13 best-by date. It honestly does a good job of cleaning the palate up, and also provides a nice bitter-ish balance.
M: Like I said, the finish is drier than I anticipated - and that’s a good thing! It helps to balance the syrupiness without killing the rich feel. Carbonation is low, but that’s because I let it sit for a while before drinking.
O: A solid doppelbock, but it lacks the defined complexity to be a great one. Would drink again, though.
rouhlas (1347) - GREECE - AUG 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Dark amber color with off white head. Malty aroma, and light yeasty, fruity, caramel, bready. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma with the addition of hoppy notes. Light to medium oily body with soft carbonation
ozzy70 (177) - Nebraska, USA - AUG 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint 9 oz. bottle. Pours amber with creamy off white head. Aroma of toasted malts. Taste sweet, malty and delicious.
dr.dod (408) - Szeged, HUNGARY - AUG 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle. This is a sticky, thick reddish-brown doppelbock with much of alcohol warming. Taste isn’t alcoholic, rather malty with some black currant and other black fruits. Light hop at the end. Good beer, but i don’t like doppelbocks. :)
ordybill (706) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. This is a mahogany colored beer with a fairly large white head. Has an aroma of malt, fruit and maybe some cocoa. The taste is big malt with some fruit, very good. This is a very good beer, highly recommended.
Torrefacto (960) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caoba turbio y espuma color crema ligera. Aromas de fruta confitada, frutos secos y avellana. Cuerpo medio, inicio dulce afrutado y sabor de avellana y frutos secos.
labeerinthum (76) - ITALY - AUG 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Intensità olfattiva elevata. Persistenza olfattiva discreta. Il cappello è di schiuma compatta, aderente e persistente, a bollicine fini e di media quantità. La frizzantezza è con bollicine fini, a bassa ma vivace carbonazione. Il colore tende al rosso. Il corpo si presenta strutturato. L’aroma alla lingua è decisamente amaro, con un gran senso di saporito. L’intensità gustativa è elevata e la persistenza gustativa è deliziosamente lunga. Le sensazioni boccali finali sono luppolate e di amaro. Il finale è amarognolo, lungo, pulito e complesso. Il retrogusto è intenso e persistente, con alcol presente ma non invasivo. Questa è una birra che risalta per il gusto veramente piacevole e di grande soddisfazione.
nordic (303) - Tartu, ESTONIA - AUG 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber color. Medium body. Caramel aroma. Taste: warming, some alcohol, caramel. Good beer.
MarkoNm (1744) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - AUG 14, 2015
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a clear amber brown color, topped with a decent tan colored head. Malty aroma, quite roasty with some mild caramel. A hint of alcohol. Taste is sweet and malty, some caramel and fruity feel, but also some a bit unpleasant alcohol presence. Fairly full and strong, not really what I’d prefer.
Jado (673) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From 330 ml bottle. Pours a hazy orange-brown with a rocky cream head that collapses to a ring. Aromas of crusty bread, burnt orange, raisins and fresh plum. Taste starts out with sweet malt and raisins before a firm orange zest and pepper bitterness washes through. Some fresher fruit flavours and warming alcohol towards the end. Sweet malty aftertaste. Nice one.
Avetixz (41) - Wolfsburg, GERMANY - AUG 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong aroma of malt, bread, earth, grapes and other fruits. Pours clear red or dark amber liquid with a frothy, soft white head. Medium bitterness and light sweetness, also some umami. Flavour of dark malt and some bitter hops as well as liquorice, grapes, dark fruit, bread and coffee beans. Medium body with a creamy texture and average carbonation with a somewhat bitter finish. This is a good Doppelbock, the alcohol isn’t too astringent and the dark, roasty malt balances the bitterness very well, but also gives it a nice and dark flavour.