DrnkMcDermott (2902) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Half Liter bottle. $2.50 @ Binny’s. Yes, this is what I’m drinking after taking care of Santa’s visit. You know the fly-by-night video labels that rush out rip-off versions of popular Disney animated features so they’re in the stores before the home video release? Movies like "Ratatoing" or "Little Cars?" It seems this label wants to rip off Ridgeway’s "Bad Elf" and "Santa’s Butt." And yet I bought it.
Okay, pours a nice orange yellow in my stem, with a thin bit of foam atop. Some heavy malt smell, but also the telltale fusel of cheap malt liquor. Not sure what this has that would qualify it as a doppelbock. Taste not anywhere in the bock category, but you know what? It’s almost usable as a cheap strong Eastern Bloc beer. Alcoholic with no hop to speak of, but it will help me get to bed so Santa can finally visit our house. And a merry Christmas to all…
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2010
1.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours cloudy piss-yellow with white head. Aroma is nice-yeasty, malty bread dough. Palate is not so nice. Weird fake-honey flavor overlays what could have potentially been a good beer. Underneath the weirdness, there are some decent aromas of tangerine and banana. I don’t understand how this is a doppelbock, for starters. If it were a weizen, it would be a bad one, but at least it would make sense. Strange. There are only two good things about this beer. 1.) It was free to me. The label is so fun, I could’ve easily been tricked into paying 5 bucks for it, and I would’ve been pissed. 2.) If you drink enough, it’ll get you too fucked up to notice the flavor.
Frank (3338) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer is surprisingly not terrible. I don’t know about you guys but when I see an Lithuanian lager at nearly ten precent alcohol for about two bucks, I think, "This is a beer designed to get old Lithuanian men drunk." Well, I’m probably right but this is not as bad as a lot of things in the same vein. It’s a rather pretty orange amber color w/ a foamy white head of even sized bubbles which leaves streaks and spots of lace behind. The nose is sweet, simple malts, some green apple fruitiness and a weird, spicy clove tinge. The nicest thing I can say about the flavor is it does not make me cringe. It’s only slightly sweet w/ a hint of medicinal hops as means of balance. The palate is not too heavy and the carbonation is a little on the fizzy side. There is only a slight alcoholic burn to indicate it’s excessive alcohol content. I didn’t say it was good. I said it was not terrible. Certainly, it lives up to its name. After half a glass of this stuff, I found myself dressed as an elf and terribly lost, not to mention fluent in Lithuanian.
trevor211 (1421) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Double bock? Hardly. This pours a light orange/amber - looks more like an IPA. Cereal grains (corn, mostly) meet caramel and booze. Very, very malt-heavy. Little to no balance. Very little carbonation. This is one part Samichlaus to one part water - a dilution of a beer that’s iffy in the first place. There’s a funky clove note in there, too - which I think actually adds to this one - but this is not something I would ever buy again.
BillKismet (3502) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2013 Straw gold, diffuse head with no life and viscous body. Warming honey-tipped malt nose. Honey malt body with a dryish finish. Almost tastes like a mead doppelbock. Mellifluous body. Bittered honey finish. Re-rated 12-10-13. The aroma is Christmas mysteriousness--buttered cinnamon toast and purple spice gum drops. The "mead doppelbock" description holds true again. Honeyed malt with spicy purple gum drop adding complexity. Dryish honeye and spice finish.
daknole (10280) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2010
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Gold pour. White head. Malty sweet aroma with some corn and maybe some artificial fruit. Flavor is stupid sweet and tastes like someone poured equal into someones sweaty pits and then bottled it. Gross ass beer.
alexanderj (3410) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle; picked up in Mesa, AZ. Poured a clear gold with alot of carbonation streams and a smallish head. Aroma of bread, honey, fruit and alcohol. Flavor was quite sweet and reminiscent of honey. Probably wouldn’t appeal to many. Some light earthiness and hopping in the finish. Bread. Lingers in the finish. Pretty one dimensional, but probably a little better than I expected.
Sammy (9537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at Eastern Europe tasting at the Tops Tasting Room in Tempe. Light in taste, big in booze. Average mouthfeel. Mix between a malt liquor and a dopplebock.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(500 ml bottle from Lou’s Beverage Barn) Pours golden with a thin off-white head. Aroma of candy-malt sweetness, maybe a little hay and/or honey. Mouthfeel fairly smooth, lightly prickly, quite sticky/syrupy. Flavor is sweet and a bit hot. Candy-malt and rosewatery sweetness with a bit of a bitter pinch in finish. No complexity, pretty much just syrupy sweetness and some alchohol. One of those one-dimensional, syrupy, hot blonde doppels (hot blonde...hhmmmm). Not really horrible or undrinkable but one I’d pass on in the future.
Braudog (6014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2010
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle ... Crystal clear golden pour. No activity whatsoever. Really sweet corny aroma. Similarly corn-starchy character in the drink. Smooth, but relatively unimpressive. If "Eastern European" is a beer flavor, this is it. (#3793, 1/10/2010)