MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Candied dark fruit, molasses and caramel lead to earthy hops and toasted sugars in this rich Doppelbock.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the hazy dark brown.
-Alcohol is well hidden throughout.
-Carbonation, in the tap version, was a bit too much for the style, imho.
-The bottle proved to be more polished and totally world-class within its category. Above rating is an average of both tap and bottle experiences.
On tap at the brewery and from the bottle.
Marheb (2817) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bue sur place): Superbe nez de caramel et de torréfaction, je croirais respirer les ’’friandises outils’’ comme plus d’une fois avec les Doppelbock. Bonne charpente mais jamais lourde.
hawanna (2508) - Freising, GERMANY - MAR 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,5 l bottle BB 07/14
brown, hazy, rocky head, brown foam, caramel, alcohol, cereal, floral, herbs, basement aromas, banana, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, full body, sticky, oily feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
motelpogo (7173) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from pivni rozmanitost in prague, lagered for roughly a year. rich dark purple with a thin head; aroma of stonefruit - peach schnapps; quite sweet and sticky but in a refined, treacle way with just the right amount of grassy/tinny bitterness.
Erzengel (4897) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Süßlich-malziger Geruch. Der Schaum verflüchtigt sich sehr schnell.
Im Antrunk ist das Bier schön süffig-angenehm süßlich. Zum Hauptteil entfaltet sich eine schöne malzige Note. Schon etwas ins Röstmalzig gehende. Dabei angenehm süß und nicht zu klebrig. Keinerlei alkoholische Note spürbar. Der Nachgeschmack wird sogar noch röstmalziger - es bleibt eine schön verbrannte Brotkrustennote im Mund. Oder auch schönes dunkles Schwarzbrot sehr gelungen! Erst ganz zum Ende hin wird es etwas klebriger. Aber nicht besonders stören!
--> Ein sehr leckerer Doppelbock!
Test vom 3.11.2008, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 12,14,12,14,12,14 - 13,40
rosenbergh (7867) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 14, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle. L C. BB 9/13. From Germany. Courtesy of mjs. Thanks!
Clear dark reddish brown colour with a tiny tan head.
Caraway, bread, malt, raisins, spices and sweetness in the aroma.
Very sweet flavour. Very malty too. Too much for me...
VastActiv (3492) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0.5l, thanks to mjs. Colour is reddish dark brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, spices, sweetness and malts.
mjs (5043) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, 0.5 l, from Frizzz Getänke in Regensburg, 20130713) The beer poured dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, molasses and caramell. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, molasses, sugar, sweetness and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty and bitter. A decent doppelbock with nice maltiness.
KnutAlbert (6339) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 25, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Frizzl Gertänkemarkt, Regensburg.
Very dark red, almost black. Rich aroma.
Full body, dried fruit, prunes. Burned sugar, some roasted grain.
Fine balance, this belongs in the top league of Dobbelbocks.
boddhitree (58) - Frankfurt, Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
My 2nd, Palmator Dunkler Doppelbock, from Prösselbräu Adlersberg.
Yep, the color is pitch black... ain’t no light gettin’ through this puppy... under a tan head with large light bubbles that last longer than I wished... shouldn’t have made such a strong pour. ABV = 7.4% printed on my bottle.
The aroma has plums, dates, sweet caramel, as if they were cooked all into a sauce! This smells almost like a Belgium trippel. Let’s see if the flavor matches the wonderful aroma. The front has a decent amount of tartness and the sides give you some of the same flavor or plums, dates and sweet carmel, but also a little bitterness, not much, but it’s noticeable if you try to find it. Then in the back it’s sweet caramels but in a burnt, molasses kind of way. Yes, it’s like motor oil, not as thick and chewy as Pax’s Lakritz Oatmeal Stout, but the chewiest German brew I’ve had other than that. I love how it sits on the tongue and glides over it, going from tart, to plum/dates sweet to burnt, roasted flavors that I usually associate with sweet Stout. It still tastes like German malts, though, and doesn’t feel like a British brew, yet it has some of the same quality without the esters and fruitiness of a London Ale yeast. I’m not sure that make sense, does it? The aftertaste is that same plum/dates/caramel mix flavor with Vienna or Münchener malt flavor thrown in as a teaser, just at the end. The only real drawback I feel is that you can taste the hotness of the alcohol. Being filtered and sitting in my cellar for 2 months should have helped that dissipate, but it’s only something I noticed on the first few sips, after which it disappeared.
Overall, this is close to a WOW beer. Except for the hotness of the alcohol you can taste, it’s a great beer.